Assessing Mouse Islet Function

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Islets of Langerhans are clusters of endocrine cells embedded within the exocrine pancreas. Islets constitute only approximately 1-2% of the total pancreas mass in all species, so methods have been developed to digest the pancreas and purify islets from the surrounding acinar cells. This chapter provides detailed protocols for isolation of mouse islets and their in vitro functional characterization in terms of assessments of islet viability, hormone content and secretion, second messenger generation and β-cell proliferation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-268
Number of pages28
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Islet hormone secretion
  • Islet viability assays
  • Islets of Langerhans
  • Mouse islet isolation
  • Second messengers
  • β-cell


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