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The Use of Multiparametric Monitoring During Islet Cell Isolation and Culture: A Potential Tool for In-Process Corrections of Critical Physiological Factors

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Variables such as pH, pCO2, and pO2 have been established in the literature as critical factors that could affect the outcome of the islet cell processing and, therefore, the quality of the cells that could be transplanted. This report describes a highly accurate continuous multiparametric monitoring system and its evaluation for continuous monitoring of physiological variables during critical steps of the islet isolation procedure as well as during in vitro culture of the insulin-producing cells. Close monitoring of these variables could be of assistance to improve the outcome of islet cell processing, allowing to identify as soon as possible problems that could be corrected during the procedure, as well as during in vitro preservation, or shipment to remote sites.

Keywords: Assessment; Cell culture; Islet; Isolation; Monitoring; Optical probes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Diabetes Research Institute, Cell Transplant Center, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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