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  • Islet cell replacement and transplantation immunology in a mouse strain with inducible diabetes. Scientific reports Bhagchandani, P., Chang, C. A., Zhao, W., Ghila, L., Herrera, P. L., Chera, S., Kim, S. K. 2022; 12 (1): 9033


    Improved models of experimental diabetes are needed to develop cell therapies for diabetes. Here, we introduce the B6 RIP-DTR mouse, a model of experimental diabetes in fully immunocompetent animals. These inbred mice harbor the H2b major histocompatibilitycomplex (MHC), selectively express high affinity human diphtheria toxin receptor (DTR) in islet beta-cells, and are homozygous for the Ptprca (CD45.1) allele rather than wild-type Ptprcb (CD45.2). 100% of B6 RIP-DTR mice rapidly became diabetic after a single dose of diphtheria toxin, and this was reversed indefinitely after transplantation with islets from congenic C57BL/6 mice. By contrast, MHC-mismatched islets were rapidly rejected, and this allotransplant response was readily monitored via blood glucose and graft histology. In peripheral blood of B6 RIP-DTR with mixed hematopoietic chimerism, CD45.2 BALB/c donor bloodimmune cells were readily distinguished from host CD45.1 cells by flow cytometry. Reliable diabetes induction and other properties in B6 RIP-DTR mice provide an important new tool to advance transplant-based studies of islet replacement and immunomodulation to treat diabetes.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41598-022-13087-3

    View details for PubMedID 35641781