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Diabetes. 1984 Jan;33(1):101-4.

Evidence against the presence of tight junctions in normal endocrine pancreas.


Tight junctional fibrils were absent in freeze-fracture replicas of rat and human islets in situ, but were easily discerned in collagenase-isolated islets. Disruption of the pancreatic gland and its exposure to trypsin were each found to induce tight junction formation in rat islets. The amount of tight junctions between islet cells declined progressively during culture, but tight junctional structures remained detectable after 1 day of culture. It is suggested that rather than being involved in normal islet cell function tight junctions provide an adaptive mechanism intended to seal and hence to protect islet microdomains against sudden perturbations in local interstitial fluid.

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