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Volume 2, Pages 1657-1661
Peer-Reviewed Protocol

Purification of Islets of Langerhans from Porcine Pancreas

School of Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Received 7 March 2002; Revised 14 May 2002; Accepted 15 May 2002

Copyright © 2002 John Graham.


Flotation through a slightly hyperosmotic discontinuous gradient iodixanol achieves a much higher recovery of islets of an improved viability than the customary method using sedimentation on to a diatrizoate/polysaccharide barrier. Flotation techniques achieve an enhanced separation of the islets from any residual digestive enzymes and from acinar cells. The method has been extended to human pancreas.