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Adrenocortical cell transplantation reverses a murine model of adrenal failure

Authors
Journal
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
0022-3468
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
46
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.03.057
Keywords
  • Adrenocortical Cell Transplantation
  • Adrenal Failure
  • Murine Model
  • Adrenalectomy
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Purpose Although adrenal insufficiency can be managed with steroid replacement, transplantation of adrenocortical cells may represent a more definitive therapy. Methods An adrenal failure model was created by adding stress to mice that underwent staged bilateral adrenalectomy. Murine adrenocortical cells were seeded onto collagen sponges. The grafts were implanted under the renal capsule during the first adrenalectomy. Some mice had an additional graft placed next to the kidney. A contralateral adrenalectomy and a laparotomy were performed 1 week after the first adrenalectomy. Two weeks later, blood was collected for corticosterone measurement; and implants were retrieved for adrenal-specific messenger RNA analysis and histology. Mice that underwent the same procedures but received a graft without cells served as controls. Results Control group mortality was 100%. Mice that had only one cell-seeded implant had 42% survival, whereas mice that had 2 cell-seeded implants had 100% survival. Retrieved implants demonstrated viable cells and expression of adrenocortical genes. The plasma corticosterone concentration in animals that survived was similar to that in normal mice. Conclusion Cells transplantation restored the adrenocortical function in these mice. Further optimization of this technique could bring a curative therapy to patients with adrenal insufficiency.

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