The anterior chamber of the eye as a clinical transplantation site for the treatment of diabetes: a study in a baboon model of diabetes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to provide evidence that the anterior chamber of the eye serves as a novel clinical islet implantation site. METHODS: In a preclinical model, allogeneic pancreatic islets were transplanted into the anterior chamber of the eye of a baboon model for diabetes, and metabolic and ophthalmological outcomes were assessed. RESULTS: Islets readily engrafted on the iris and there was a decrease in exogenous insulin requirements due to insulin secretion from the intraocular grafts. No major adverse effects on eye structure and function could be observed during the transplantation period. CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: Our study demonstrates the long-term survival and function of allogeneic islets after transplantation into the anterior chamber of the eye. The safety and simplicity of this procedure provides support for further studies aimed at translating this technology into the clinic.

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Cited Authors

  • Perez, VL; Caicedo, A; Berman, DM; Arrieta, E; Abdulreda, MH; Rodriguez-Diaz, R; Pileggi, A; Hernandez, E; Dubovy, SR; Parel, JM; Ricordi, C; Kenyon, NM; Kenyon, NS; Berggren, PO

Published Date

  • May 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1121 - 1126

PubMed ID

  • 21360190

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3247302

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-0428

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00125-011-2091-y


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Germany