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Activation of Macrophage-Associated Molecules After Brain Death in Islets

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Islet transplantation is now established as an optional treatment for type I diabetes. However, rates of insulin independence in islet transplant recipients are still low. Although the major source of allograft is derived from brain-dead patient, the nonphysiologic state of brain death (BD) deteriorates organs such as liver and kidney. To determine the effects of BD on islets, a rodent model of BD has been used. Histologically, islets of BD rats showed decreased permeability and impaired integrity of the cell membranes. Flow cytometric analysis showed that CD11b/c-positive cells within islets were slightly increased in BD. This result suggests that BD induces macrophage infiltration into the islets. Moreover, RT-PCR revealed significant augmentation of macrophages-associated inflammatory molecules (IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and MCP-1) in islets from a BD donor. Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) was weakly expressed, although not reaching statistical significance compared with control. Our results indicate that islets from a BD donor are immunologically activated and have a potential risk factor for early graft loss and a poor long-term function of grafts in clinical setting of islet transplantation. Immunomodulation, to eliminate intraislet immunocytes and/or activated macrophage-associated molecules, might be necessary for the better outcome after islet graft from BD donors.
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Keywords: Brain death; Immunogenicity; Intraislet cytokines; Islet of Langerhans; Islet-infiltrating immunocyte

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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