Ex-vivo isolated perfusion of the pancreas in the syrian golden hamster
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The technique of ex-vivo isolated pancreatic perfusion has been a valuable method for investigation of the physiology of the exocrine and endocrine pancreas. We have adapted the technique of isolated pancreatic perfusion for use in the Syrian golden hamster, an animal used widely in studies of pancreatic carcinogenesis. The technique involves surgical harvest of the pancreas with its aortic and portal venous blood supply intact and perfusion of the pancreas with a modified Krebs buffer at 37°C
Physiological function, of the perfused pancreas system was examined in 27 Syrian hamsters. In tests of endocrine function, the perfused pancreas responded by increasing insulin secretion within 1 min of elevating perfusate glucose concentration, and also secreted insulin promptly in response to 10 mM arginine. In exocrine studies, the flow of pancreatic juice was stimulated by the addition of 0.8×10−9 M secretin to the perfusate, and amylase output was significantly increased by the addition of 0.2×10−9 M cholecystokinin (CCK-8). The ex-vivo isolated perfused pancreas in the hamster thus appears to respond appropriately to physiological stimuli and is a valuable additional tool for studies of the hamster pancreas.
Key wordsHamster endocrine and exocrine function isolated pancreatic perfusion
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