Effect of cryopreservation on the survival and function of murine islet isografts and allografts.


We compared the efficacy of fresh and frozen/thawed islets by determining the minimum number required to consistently reverse diabetes in mice. Defined numbers of islets, isolated from Balb/c (H-2d) and CBA/J (H-2k) mice, were transplanted into streptozotocin-induced diabetic Balb/c mice. Frozen/thawed grafts were cooled slowly to -40 degrees C, stored at… (More)