Glomerular basement membrane thickness following islet transplantation in the diabetic rat

Michael W Steffes, D. M. Brown, J. M. Basgen, Arthur J Matas, Michael Mauer

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Abstract

Glomerular basement membrane (GMB) thickness was measured in diabetic rats prior to and following islet transplantation. Over the course of the experiment (from 7 to 13 months of diabetes) GMB thickness in diabetic animals exceeded that of littermate controls. After 7 months of diabetes a group of animals received successful intraportal transplants of neonatal pancreatic tissue. GBM thickness at 2 and 6 months following islet transplantation matched the thickness in nontransplanted diabetic rats and exceeded that in control animals. Failure to reverse GBM thickening in diabetic rats following islet transplantation may be due to very slow rates of GBM turnover in the rat. Previous work has demonstrated normalization of urinary albumin excretion after islet transplantation, suggesting that GBM thickening, per se, is not a significant factor causing albuminuria in rats with longstanding diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-118
Number of pages3
JournalLaboratory Investigation
Volume41
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 10 1979

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