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Series GSE15543 Query DataSets for GSE15543
Status Public on Jul 22, 2009
Title Meta analysis of gene expression in human islets after in vitro expansion.
Organism Homo sapiens
Experiment type Expression profiling by array
Summary Pancreatic islet transplantation as a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) cannot be scaled up due to a scarcity of human pancreas donors. In vitro expansion of beta cells from mature human pancreatic islets provides an alternative source of insulin-producing cells. The exact nature of the expanded cells produced by diverse expansion protocols, and their potential for differentiation into functional beta cells, remain elusive. We performed a large-scale meta-analysis of gene expression in human pancreatic islet cells, which were processed using three different previously described protocols for expansion and attempted re-differentiation. All three expansion protocols induced dramatic changes in the expression profiles of pancreatic islets; many of these changes are shared among the three protocols. Attempts at re-differentiation of expanded cells induce a limited number of gene expression changes. Nevertheless, these fail to restore a pancreatic islet-like gene expression pattern. Comparison with a collection of public microarray datasets confirmed that expanded cells are highly comparable to mesenchymal stem cells. Genes induced in expanded cells are also enriched for targets of transcription factors important for pluripotency induction. The present data increases our understanding of the active pathways in expanded and re-differentiated islets. Knowledge of the mesenchymal stem cell potential may help development of drug therapeutics to restore beta cell mass in T1D patients.
Overall design In this study, we have tested three different protocols to expand human pancreatic islets in monolayer and after attempted maneuvers to re-differentiate the expanded cells back to islets. We have characterized the resulting cells in detail by performing microarray analyses with fresh pancreatic islets, expanded islet cells and re-differentiated cells. Genes modified by either of three protocols have 70 to 80% overlap with the genes changed by the other two protocols. Although there are promising changes in the right direction, none of the three protocols could achieve a return to a functional islet state. The expanded cells highly resemble Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), and similar gene regulatory networks seem to be active in both cell types. On the other hand, the expanded islet cells are different from MSC in that they seem to retain activity of some islet gene modules. The current results highlight the importance of designing new strategies that take into account the MSC potential of expanded cells.
Contributor(s) Kutlu B
Citation(s) 19622797
Submission date Apr 03, 2009
Last update date Mar 25, 2019
Contact name Burak Kutlu
Phone 206-732-1200
Organization name Institute for Systems Biology
Street address 1441 North 34th Street
City Seattle
State/province WA
ZIP/Postal code 98103
Country USA
Platforms (1)
GPL570 [HG-U133_Plus_2] Affymetrix Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 Array
Samples (33)
GSM388740 PPRF-ILC-day4
GSM388741 PPRF-ILC-day6
GSM388742 PPRF-ILC-day8
BioProject PRJNA115977

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