Immuolocalization of nestin in pancreatic tissue of mice at different ages

World J Gastroenterol. 2008 Dec 14;14(46):7112-6. doi: 10.3748/wjg.14.7112.


Aim: To localize nestin positive cells (NPC) in pancreatic tissue of mice of different ages.

Methods: Paraffin sections of 6-8 mum of fixed pancreatic samples were mounted on poly-L-lysine coated slides and used for Immunolocalization using appropriate primary antibodies (Nestin, Insulin, Glucagon), followed by addition of a fluorescently labeled secondary antibody. The antigen-antibody localization was captured using a confocal microscope (Leica SP 5 series).

Results: In 3-6 d pups, the NPC were localized towards the periphery of the endocrine portion, as evident from immunolocalization of insulin and glucagon, while NPC were absent in the acinar portion. At 2 wk, NPC were localized in both the exocrine and endocrine portions. Interestingly, in 4-wk-old mice NPC were seen only in the endocrine portion, towards the periphery, and were colocalised with the glucagon positive cells. In the pancreas of 8- wk-old mice, the NPC were predominantly localized in the central region of the islet clusters, where immunostaining for insulin was at a maximum.

Conclusion: We report for the first time the immunolocalization of NPC in the pancreas of mice of different ages (3 d to 8 wk) with reference to insulin and glucagon positive cells. The heterogeneous localization of the NPC observed may be of functional and developmental significance and suggest(s) that mice pancreatic tissue can be a potential source of progenitor cells. NPC from the pancreas can be isolated, proliferated and programmed to differentiate into insulin secreting cells under the appropriate microenvironment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aging / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn / metabolism*
  • Glucagon / metabolism
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Insulin / metabolism
  • Intermediate Filament Proteins / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism*
  • Nestin
  • Pancreas / cytology
  • Pancreas / growth & development*
  • Pancreas / metabolism*


  • Insulin
  • Intermediate Filament Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Nes protein, mouse
  • Nestin
  • Glucagon