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Interspecies organogenesis generates autologous functional islets

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Tomoyuki Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Sato, Megumi Kato-Itoh, Teppei Goto, Hiromasa Hara, Makoto Sanbo, Naoaki Mizuno, Toshihiro Kobayashi, Ayaka Yanagida, Ayumi Umino, Yasunori Ota, Sanae Hamanaka, Hideki Masaki, Sheikh Tamir Rashid, Masumi Hirabayashi, Hiromitsu Nakauchi

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalNATURE
Volume542
Issue number7640
Early online date25 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2017

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Abstract

Islet transplantation is an established therapy for diabetes. We have previously shown that rat pancreata can be created from rat pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) in mice through interspecies blastocyst complementation. Although they were functional and composed of rat-derived cells, the resulting pancreata were of mouse size, rendering them insufficient for isolating the numbers of islets required to treat diabetes in a rat model. Here, by performing the reverse experiment, injecting mouse PSCs into Pdx-1-deficient rat blastocysts, we generated rat-sized pancreata composed of mouse-PSC-derived cells. Islets subsequently prepared from these mouse-rat chimaeric pancreata were transplanted into mice with streptozotocin-induced diabetes. The transplanted islets successfully normalized and maintained host blood glucose levels for over 370 days in the absence of immunosuppression (excluding the first 5 days after transplant). These data provide proof-of-principle evidence for the therapeutic potential of PSC-derived islets generated by blastocyst complementation in a xenogeneic host.

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