The present study was designed to compare the morphological changes occurring in pancreatic tissue fragments transplanted into the anterior eye chamber (AEC) and the subcutaneous (SC) regions of the rat. Pancreatic tissue segments were removed from the tail end of the pancreas of neonatal rats and transplanted into the AEC and SC region of the neck of homologous rats. Five weeks after transplantation, the grafts were removed and processed for light microscopy, immunohistochemistry and radioimmunoassay. In both pancreatic tissue grafts, the acinar cells degenerated completely after transplantation. In contrast to this, insulin-, glucagon-, somatostatin- and pancreatic polypeptide-positive cells and pancreatic ducts survived equally well in both the AEC and SC grafts. The pattern and percentage distribution of insulin-, glucagon-, somatostatin- and PP-producing cells in the AEC and SC grafts was similar to that observed in normal pancreas. However, the percentage distribution of glucagon- and PP-containing cells was significantly (p < 0.03) lower in SC grafts when compared to normal. Radioimmunoassay showed that the AEC and SC pancreatic tissue grafts contained large quantities of insulin and glucagon. However, the insulin content of AEC was slightly but not significantly higher than that of SC grafts. The protein content of pancreatic tissue grafts in these transplantation sites was still significantly (p < 0.05) lower compared to normal. Lymphatic infiltration was also more conspicuous in SC grafts compared to AEC grafts. This infiltration by lymphatic cells was confined only to the endocrine portion of the graft. In conclusion, pancreatic tissue grafts survived in both the AEC and SC regions of rats but the AEC appears to be more conducive to graft survival than the SC region.
- Eye chamber
- Subcutaneous region
- Total protein
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)