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Am J Transplant. 2008 Jan;8(1):183-92. Epub 2007 Nov 12.

Glucose-stimulated increment in oxygen consumption rate as a standardized test of human islet quality.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.


Standardized assessment of islet quality is imperative for clinical islet transplantation. We have previously shown that the increment in oxygen consumption rate stimulated by glucose (DeltaOCR(glc)) can predict in vivo efficacy of islet transplantation in mice. To further evaluate the approach, we studied three factors: islet specificity, islet composition and agreement between results obtained by different groups. Equivalent perifusion systems were set up at the City of Hope and the University of Washington and the values of DeltaOCR(glc) obtained at both institutions were compared. Islet specificity was determined by comparing DeltaOCR(glc) in islet and nonislet tissue. The DeltaOCR(glc) ranged from 0.01 to 0.19 nmol/min/100 islets (n = 14), a wide range in islet quality, but the values obtained by the two centers were similar. The contribution from nonislet impurities was negligible (DeltaOCR(glc) was 0.12 nmol/min/100 islets vs. 0.007 nmol/min/100 nonislet clusters). The DeltaOCR(glc) was statistically independent of percent beta cells, demonstrating that DeltaOCR(glc) is governed more by islet quality than by islet composition. The DeltaOCR(glc), but not the absolute level of OCR, was predictive of reversal of hyperglycemia in diabetic mice. These demonstrations lay the foundation for testing DeltaOCR(glc) as a measurement of islet quality for human islet transplantation.

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