Isolated pancreatic acini from suckling and weanling rats: Changes in amino acid incorporation and carbachol-stimulated amylase secretion with age

Paul F. Pollack, Jill Verbridge, William Thornburg, Otakar Koldovsky, Murray Korc

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Abstract

To characterize the changes in pancreatic function during postnatal development, isolated pancreatic acini were prepared from rats aged 8-9, 12-14 and 20 days and from adult rats. Isolated acini maintained a normal microscopic appearance and viability as judged by exclusion of trypan blue and linear incorporation of tritiated leucine into total protein. The rate of incorporation in 8-day-old acini was 20% of that observed in adult rats. Significant dose-dependent increases in amylase release in response to carbachol were observed in all age groups; stimulated amylase secretion was significantly less in the 8- to 9- and 12- to 14-day-old animals than in the 20-day-old and adult rats. These data indicate that viable isolated pancreatic acini can be prepared from suckling rats and that these acini exhibit an altered in vitro responsiveness to carbachol. This preparation should therefore be a useful model for in vitro studies of the development of pancreatic function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-350
Number of pages7
JournalNeonatology
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

Keywords

  • Acini
  • Pancreas
  • Suckling rat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Biology

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