Faculty Research 1980 - 1989


Temporal changes in pancreatic islet composition in C57BL/6J-db/db (diabetes) mice.

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Animal, Diabetes-Mellitus-Experimental: pa, Female, Hyperplasia, Immunity-Natural, Islands-of-Langerhans: gd, pa, Male, Mice, Mice-Inbred-C57BL, Mice-Mutant-Strains, Species-Specificity, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, SUPPORT-U-S-GOVT-P-H-S, Time-Factors

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Diabetologia. 1983 Nov; 25(5):439-43.


AM05750, AM17631, AM14461


Temporal changes in non-B cell populations were determined during the period of B cell hyperplasia in diabetes-resistant C57BL/6J mice. Pancreases from normal and db/db mice between 3 and 20 weeks of age were stained immunocytochemically for glucagon, somatostatin and pancreatic polypeptide (PP), and changes in A, D and PP cell volume densities quantified by image analysis. Further, islet volumes, D cell volumes and actual D cell numbers per islet were determined by analysis of serial sections through entire islets. The volume of db/db islets was three- and ten-fold elevated above normal by 8 and 20 weeks, respectively, due mainly to B cell hyperplasia. D cell volume density exhibited a transient increase during the initial phase of B cell hyperplasia, but then showed a gradual reduction; the average number and absolute volume of D cells per islet was comparable in db/db and normal islets from older mice. In contrast, PP cell volume density remained stable throughout, suggesting that this cell type kept pace with B cell hyperplasia. A cells showed a reduced volume density throughout and were distinguished from other islet cells which all responded positively to a degree, albeit non-coordinately, to the mitogenic stimulus exerted by db gene expression. The finding that A cells shared with certain neuroectodermally-derived cell types a differentially high concentration of sn-glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase further underscored the uniqueness of the A cell from other cell types.

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