A discontinuous Percoil gradient was used to separate islets from the collagenase-treated mouse pancreas easily and rapidly. Since the osmolality of Percoll is very low, adjustment of its osmolality to 340 mOs/kg H2O was essential for securing the optimal separation. A discontinuous gradient layering with Percoll solution of 1.09 g, 1.07g, and 1.05 g/ml, respectively, when centrifuged at 800 xg for 10 min, resulted in an optimal condition for separation and yielded a banding pattern with an even distribution of islet cells. No significant difference was observed in the morphological features between the Percoll-isolated and the manually-isolated islets. In conclusion, the discontinuous Percoll gradient can be effectively used to isolate the pancreatic islets from mice with four-fold higher efficiency compared to the handpicking method.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of microbiology and biotechnology|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Aug|
- Gradient centrifugation
- Pancreatic islet
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology