Monolayer culture of adult rat pancreatic islets on extracellular matrix: long term maintenance of differentiated B-cell function.


Fragmented islets, obtained by mild overdigestion of the adult rat pancreas with collagenase, readily formed monolayer cultures on dishes coated with extracellular matrix derived from bovine corneal endothelial cells. Contaminating fibroblasts were removed by treatment with sodium ethylmercurithiosalicylate. The cultured islets remained functional for over… (More)


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