Species Differences in Susceptibility of Transplanted and Cultured Pancreatic Islets to the β-Cell Toxin Alloxan

Department of Medical Cell Biology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, SE-751 23, Sweden.
General and Comparative Endocrinology (Impact Factor: 2.47). 07/2001; 122(3):238-51. DOI: 10.1006/gcen.2001.7638
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The beta-cell toxin alloxan, which produces oxygen radicals, is a model substance in studies of type 1 diabetes. Recently, human beta-cells have been found to be relatively resistant to this toxin. To clarify species differences in alloxan diabetogenicity, and oxygen radical toxicity, mouse, rat, rabbit, dog, pig, human and guinea pig islets have been studied after alloxan exposure. Using a standardized in vivo model, where islets were transplanted to nude mice, the different islets were compared. The results demonstrated that mouse and rat islet grafts were morphologically disturbed by alloxan and ROS. Rabbit and dog islet graft morphology was reasonably intact; and human, porcine, and guinea pig islet grafts were all well preserved. Furthermore, ultrastructural signs of apoptosis and necrosis, disturbances in the insulin secretory pattern during and after an alloxan perifusion, and islet lysosomal enzyme activities were studied in vitro in islets from some species. Guinea pig beta-cells were affected by alloxan, but a regeneration process compensated for the observed apoptotic and necrotic cell death. Human islets did not show any signs of alloxan-induced damage in the different models studied. Finally, no correlation between high alloxan sensitivity and high lysosomal enzyme activity was found. Thus, the beta-cell lysosomes are hardly specific targets for alloxan.

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