Vascular endothelial growth factor as a survival factor for human islets: effect of immunosuppressive drugs.
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Rapamycin, part of the immunosuppressive regimen of the Edmonton protocol, has been shown to inhibit vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) production and VEGF-mediated survival signalling in tumour cell lines. This study investigates the survival-promoting activities of VEGF in human islets and the effects of rapamycin on islet viability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Levels of VEGF and its receptors in isolated human islets and whole pancreas was determined by western blotting ...Expand abstract
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