A novel method for the assessment of cellular composition and beta-cell viability in human islet preparations

Hirohito Ichii, Luca Inverardi, Antonello Pileggi, R. Damaris Molano, Over Cabrera, Alejandro Caicedo, Shari Messinger, Yoshikazu Kuroda, Per Olof Berggren, Camillo Ricordi

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Current methodologies to evaluate islet cell viability are largely based on tests that assess the exclusion of DNA-binding dyes. While these tests identify cells that have lost selective membrane permeability, they do not allow us to recognize apoptotic cells, which do not yet stain with DNA-binding dyes. Furthermore, current methods of analysis do not discriminate between cell subsets in the preparation and, in particular, they do not allow for selectively defining β-cell viability. For these reasons we have developed novel methods for the specific assessment of β-cell content and viability in human islets based on cellular composition analysis through laser scanning cytometry (LSC) coupled with identification of β-cell-specific apoptosis at the mitochondria! level. Our novel analytical methods hold promise to prospectively analyze clinical islet transplantation preparations and predict functional performance, as suggested by the observed correlation with in vivo analysis of islet potency in immunodeficient rodents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1635-1645
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2005


  • β-cell
  • Assessment
  • Cellular composition
  • Diabetes
  • Human islets
  • Potency
  • Transplantation
  • Viability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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