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The hormone betatrophin was recently described as a potent stimulator of beta cell proliferation in mice. Insulin resistance, but not insulin deficiency, caused upregulation of betatrophin expression. If these findings were found to be fully applicable in humans, this would open up the possibility of future betatrophin treatment in type 1 diabetes. The(More)
The blood perfusion of individual pancreatic islets is highly variable, with a subgroup of islets having high perfusion and blood vessels responsive to further blood flow increase induced by glucose. This study tested the hypothesis that there is heterogeneity between islets with regard to beta cell proliferation, function and gene expression based on(More)
BACKGROUND Irisin stimulates browning of white adipose tissue and improves metabolic control in mice. Betatrophin, another recently described hormone, improves metabolic control in mice by inducing β-cell proliferation. In vitro, irisin stimulates the expression of betatrophin in rat adipocytes. There is a great interest in developing drugs that target or(More)
The present study aimed to develop techniques for surface coating of islets with neural crest stem cells (NCSCs) in order to enable cotransplantation to the clinically used liver site and then investigate engraftment and function intraportally of such bioengineered islets. Mouse islets were coated during incubation with enhanced green fluorescent protein(More)
Experimental studies indicate low revascularization of intraportally transplanted islets. This study aimed to quantify, for the first time, the blood perfusion of intrahepatically transplanted islets and elucidate necessary factors for proper islet graft revascularization at this site. Yellow chameleon protein 3.0 islets expressing fluorescent protein in(More)
The proximity of endothelial cells and beta cells in islets by necessity means that they are exposed to each other’s products. Whereas islet endothelial cells require signals from beta cells to function properly, endothelin-1, thrombospondin-1 and laminins, among others, have been identified as endothelial-derived molecules, although their full effects on(More)
Sporadic breast cancer (SBC) is a common disease without robust means of early risk prediction in the population. We studied 282 females with SBC, focusing on copy number aberrations in cancer-free breast tissue (uninvolved margin, UM) outside the primary tumor (PT). In total, 1162 UMs (1-14 per breast) were studied. Comparative analysis between UM(s),(More)
PURPOSE Neural crest stem cells derived from the boundary cap (bNCSCs), markedly promote survival, proliferation and function of insulin producing β-cells in vitro and in vivo after coculture/transplantation with pancreatic islets [ 1, 2 ]. Recently, we have shown that beneficial effects on β-cells require cadherin contacts between bNCSCs and β-cells [ 3, 4(More)
Pancreatic islet transplantation is presently almost exclusively performed using the intraportal route for transplantation into the liver. However, islets at this site are poorly revascularized and, when also considering the poor long-term results of clinical islet transplantation, there has in recent years emerged an increased interest to evaluate(More)
Highly blood-perfused islets have been observed to be the most functional islets in the native pancreas. We hypothesised that differences in vascular support of islets in donor pancreases influence their susceptibility to cellular stress and capacity for vascular engraftment after transplantation. Highly blood-perfused islets in rats were identified by(More)