Montserrat Biarnés

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We studied the effects of hyperglycemia on beta-cell death and mass in syngeneically transplanted islets. Six groups of STZ-induced diabetic C57BL/6 mice were transplanted with 100 syngeneic islets, an insufficient beta-cell mass to restore normoglycemia. Groups 1, 2, and 3 remained hyperglycemic throughout the study. Groups 4, 5, and 6 were treated with(More)
We determined the beta-cell replicative rate, beta-cell apoptosis, cross-sectional beta-cell area, and pancreatic beta-cell mass throughout the entire postweaning lifespan (months 1, 3, 7, 10, 15, and 20) of Lewis rats. Beta-cell replication was progressively reduced in the initial months of life but remained stable after month 7 (month 1, 0.99 +/- 0.10%;(More)
The naturally occurring inhibitor of interleukin-1 (IL-1) action, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP), binds to the type 1 IL-1 receptor but does not initiate IL-1 signal transduction. In this study, we have determined the effects of IL-1beta and IRAP overexpression on adult beta-cell replication and viability. IL-1beta reduced dramatically(More)
The naturally occurring inhibitor of interleukin-1 (IL-1) action, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein (IRAP), binds to the type 1 IL-1 receptor but does not initiate IL-1 signal transduction. In this study, we have determined the effects of IL-1β and IRAP overexpression on adult β-cell replication and viability. IL-1β reduced dramatically β-cell(More)
Insulin-induced normoglycemia has shown to have a beneficial effect on the outcome of pancreatic islets transplanted to diabetic recipients. The aim of the study was to identify the insulin treatment that can maximize its beneficial effect on islet transplants. Six groups of streptozotocin diabetic C57Bl/6 mice were transplanted (Tx) with 100 syngeneic(More)
In the initial days after transplantation islets are particularly vulnerable and show increased apoptosis and necrosis. We have studied the effects of caspase inhibition on this early beta cell death in syngeneically transplanted islets. Streptozotocin-diabetic C57BL/6 mice were transplanted with 150 syngeneic islets, an insufficient mass to restore(More)
and did not change significantly from month 1 to 20 of life. Cross-sectional area of individual ␤-cells increased progressively in the initial months, remained stable from month 7 to 15, and increased again on month 20. The estimated number of ␤-cells per pancreas, calculated as the ratio of total ␤-cell mass to individual ␤-cell mass, tripled from month 1(More)
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