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Diabetes. 2009 Sep;58(9):2059-69. doi: 10.2337/db08-0987. Epub 2009 Jun 5.

Islet-1 is required for the maturation, proliferation, and survival of the endocrine pancreas.

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  • 1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The generation of mature cell types during pancreatic development depends on the expression of many regulatory and signaling proteins. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the transcriptional regulator Islet-1 (Isl-1), whose expression is first detected in the mesenchyme and epithelium of the developing pancreas and is later restricted to mature islet cells, is involved in the terminal differentiation of islet cells and maintenance of islet mass.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS:

To investigate the role of Isl-1 in the pancreatic epithelium during the secondary transition, Isl-1 was conditionally and specifically deleted from embryonic day 13.5 onward using Cre/LoxP technology.

RESULTS:

Isl-1-deficient endocrine precursors failed to mature into functional islet cells. The postnatal expansion of endocrine cell mass was impaired, and consequently Isl-1 deficient mice were diabetic. In addition, MafA, a potent regulator of the Insulin gene and beta-cell function, was identified as a direct transcriptional target of Isl-1.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results demonstrate the requirement for Isl-1 in the maturation, proliferation, and survival of the second wave of hormone-producing islet cells.

PMID:
19502415
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PMCID:
PMC2731519
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