Angiogenic capacity of endothelial cells in islets of Langerhans.
Transplantation of pancreatic islets reconstitutes glucose homeostasis in diabetes mellitus. Before transplantation, islets are disrupted from the surrounding blood vessels by the isolation procedure, with the grafted tissue being subject to ischemic damage. The survival of transplanted islets is assumed to depend on effective revascularization. Perfusion studies suggest that newly formed microvessels supplying the graft with nutrients are exclusively rebuilt by the host. It is generally not ...Expand abstract
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