Long-term survival and function of intraportal porcine and human islet xenografts in nondiabetic nude mice

Transplant Proc. 2008 Mar;40(2):584-6. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2008.02.002.


Instant blood-mediated inflammatory reaction (IBMIR) is a serious obstacle to both clinical islet allotransplantation and future islet xenotransplantation via the portal vein. We have previously observed uniform long-term tilapia (fish) islet xenograft survival when islets were transplanted intraportally into nondiabetic nude mice (nDNM), but not in diabetic nude mice (DNM). In this study, we examined whether human islets (HI) and adult porcine islets (API) can tolerate intraportal transplantation into nDNM like tilapia islets. HI and API were transplanted intraportally into nDNM. Recipients were humanely killed either 14 or 28 days after transplantation and livers were processed for histology. Human insulin and human C-peptide were measured in the terminal serum samples of HI recipients. In six of seven HI and seven of seven API recipients, liver histology showed insulin-positive islet xenografts. In recipients with HI, the numbers of islets/ductal structures seen histologically correlated well with serum sample results. These results show that HI and API can survive and function long term after intraportal transplantation into nDNM recipients. Our previous and present data indicated that DNM and nDNM could be useful models to study "glucose toxicity" and the role of IBMIR in the fate of intraportal islet grafts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Graft Rejection / immunology
  • Graft Rejection / prevention & control
  • Graft Survival / immunology
  • Graft Survival / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Islets of Langerhans Transplantation / immunology
  • Islets of Langerhans Transplantation / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Portal System
  • Swine
  • Transplantation, Heterologous / immunology*