This study examines whether there is a change in the pattern of distribution of cholecystokinin-octapeptide (CCK-8), calcitonin-gene-related peptide (CGRP), neuropeptide-Y (NPY), substance P (SP) and vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) in the pancreas of streptozotocin (STZ)-diabetic (host) rats after subcutaneous pancreatic transplantation. Varicose CCK-8-immunopositive nerve fibres were observed in the wall of blood vessels of both normal and diabetic host pancreata. The density of CCK-8-immunoreactive varicose nerve fibres appeared to have increased in host rat pancreas. CGRP was demonstrated in many nerve fibres located in the wall of blood vessels of both normal and host pancreas. CGRP, however, seemed to be better expressed in the nerves of host pancreas when compared to normal. The pancreata of both normal and diabetic (host) rats contained numerous NPY-immunopositive varicose nerve fibres located in the wall of blood vessels. SP was demonstrated in neurons located in the interlobular areas of normal tissue and in fine varicose nerve fibres of the interacinar region of the pancreas of STZ-induced diabetic rats with SPTG. In normal pancreatic tissue, VIP-immunopositive nerve fibres were observed in all areas of the pancreas. VIP-positive nerve fibres were still discernible especially in the interacinar regions of the pancreas of host rats. In conclusion, the pattern of distribution and density of NPY, SP and VIP in the pancreas of STZ-induced diabetic rats with SPTG is similar to that observed in normal pancreas, but the expression of CGRP and CCK-8 seemed to have increased as a result of transplantation and or diabetes.
- Streptozotocin-induced diabetes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental Biology
- Cell Biology