We previously reported a small-scale study on the efficacy of histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK) solution versus University of Wisconsin (UW) solution on pancreas preservation for islet isolation. In this large-scale, retrospective analysis (n = 252), we extend our initial
description of the impact of HTK on islet isolation outcomes and include pancreatic digestion efficacy, purification outcomes, and islet size distribution. Multivariable linear regression analysis, adjusted for donor age, sex, BMI, cold ischemia time, and enzyme, demonstrated similar results
for the HTK group (n = 95) and the UW group (n = 157), including postpurification islet yields (HTK: 289,702 IEQ vs. UW: 283,036 IEQ; p = 0.76), percentage of digested pancreatic tissue (HTK: 66.9% vs. UW: 64.1%; p = 0.18), and islet loss from postdigestion to postpurification
(HTK: 24,972 IEQ vs. UW: 39,551 IEQ; p = 0.38). Changes in islet size between the postdigestion and postpurification stages were comparable within each islet size category for HTK and UW (p = 0.14‐0.99). Tissue volume distribution across purification fractions and islet
purity in the top fractions were similar between the groups; however, the HTK group had significantly higher islet purity in the middle fractions (p = 0.003‐0.008). Islet viability and stimulation indices were also similar between the HTK and the UW groups. In addition, we analyzed
a small sample of patients transplanted either with HTK (n = 7) or UW (n = 8) preserved islets and found no significant differences in posttransplant HbA1c, β-score, and frequency of insulin independence. This study demonstrates that HTK and UW solutions offer
comparable pancreas preservation for islet transplantation. More in vivo islet outcome data are needed for a complete analysis of the effects of HTK on islet transplantation.
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University of Wisconsin (UW)
Document Type: Research Article
Department of Transplant/Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Publication date: 2013-07-15
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