Korean Diabetes Journal 2005;29(4):282-294.
Published online July 1, 2005.
Effective Glycemic Control Achieved by the Transplantation of VEGF-Transfected Islets in STZ-induced Diabetic Mice.
Byung Wan Lee, Hee Young Chae, You Ran Ahn, Seung Hoon Oh, Ji Youn Kim, Yun Jae Chung, Sang Young Kim, Kyun Yung Cho, Jae Hoon Chung, Yong Ki Min, Myung Shik Lee, Moon Kyu Lee, Kwang Won Kim
1Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea.
2Samsung Biomedical Research Institute(SBRI), Korea.
Abstract
BACKGROUND
Hypoxic damage is one of the major causes of early islet graft failure, and VEGF is known to play a crucial role in revascularization. We tried to evaluate whether the VEGF transgene in an islet graft can increase islet revascularization and; therefore, increase the survival rate of transplanted islets in order to achieve effective glycemic control in diabetic mice models using a non-viral cationic lipid reagent for gene delivery into non- dividing islet cells. METHODS: Human VEGF165 cDNA was transfected into Balb/c mice islets using Effectene, and the vascular neogenesis and glucose levels examined in the recipient syngeneic Balb/c mice. A minimal number of VEGF-transfected islets(100 IEQ/animal) were transplanted into STZ-induced diabetic mice. The recipient mice were classified into three groups: islet transplantation(IT) without intervention(IT-alone group, n=8), IT with an islets transduced rhoJDK-control vector(IT-rhoJDK group, n=8), and IT with an islets transduced rhoJDK-VEGF vector(IT-rhoJDK-VEGF group, n=8). RESULTS: The transfection efficiency was highest with 4microgram/microliter cDNA and 25microliter Effectene(1: 6 weight ratio), with satisfactory cell viability under these conditions. The overproductions of VEGF mRNA and proteins from the conditioned cells were confirmed. A minimal number of the VEGF-transfected islets(100 IEQ/animal) were transplanted into STZ-induced diabetic mice. The control of hyperglycemia in the IT-alone(0/8) and IT-rhoJDK groups(0/8) failed. However, complete abrogation of hyperglycemia and viable islets, and an increased vascularization of the VEGF-transfected grafts were identified in the renal capsules of the IT-rhoJDK-VEGF group(8/8). CONCLUSION: These studies support the utility of VEGF-transfected islet delivery using a cationic lipid reagent to achieve euglycemia with minimal islets via neovascularization.
Key Words: VEGF(vascular endothelial growth factor), Ischemia, Islet transplantation, Diabetes


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