Block in insulin release from column-perifused pancreatic β-cells induced by islet cell surface antibodies and complement

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Dispersed rat pancreatic islet cells were mixed into a short column of Bio-Gel P-2 polyacrylamide beads and perifused with an antiserum containing islet cell surface antibodies. The release of radioactive chromium from prelabeled cells, as a measure of cell membrane permeability, was not affected by cell surface antibodies alone, but increased dramatically in the presence of complement. While there was an eightfold increase in glucose-stimulated insulin release from β-cells exposed to control serum and complement, insulin release was completely blocked from β-cells exposed to islet-cell-specific antibodies and complement. These findings suggest that islet cell surface antibodies can mediate complement-dependent cytotoxicity.


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  • Cell and Molecular Biology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1981 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes