Please thank the Stanford Islet Research Core in all publications that result from our services, as this will greatly improve future Diabetes Research Center grant renewals.

“Data was obtained using the services of the Stanford Islet Research Core facility of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center which is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30DK116074.”


Human Islet Procurement

The Stanford IPR Core provides human islets to Stanford investigators for research. These islets are procured through arrangements with multiple high-quality sources, particularly the IsletCore at the University of Alberta (Edmonton), the UCSF Islet Core facility in the UCSF Diabetes Center, the Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh), and through in-house isolations.

Blanket MTA with University of Alberta Diabetes Institute (Edmonton) for human islet procurement (starting July 2017)

Our Islet Research Core (IRC) has negotiated a blanket MTA with the University of Alberta Diabetes Institute’s (ADI) Islet Core for human islet procurement for use by our Investigators. The blanket MTA enables researchers at Stanford to procure human islets for their research. This could also include non-islet pancreatic cells. In order to obtain islets through this MTA-enabled streamlined mechanism, each investigator should: 1) contact Seung Kim or Kent Jensen, 2) provide a PTA and copies of their approved protocols (APLAC and/or IRB human subjects exemption covering human islet use in, say, islet transplantation), 3) a copy of their Administrative Panel on Biosafety (APB) Protocol exemption (if necessary) and 4) a brief (1 page) description of their project.

For more information, contact the IPR Core Director.

Islet Culture

Mouse or human islet culture is performed in standard RPMI-1640 media with 5 mM or 11 mM glucose at 37°C. As part of this service, the IPR Core provides training for end-users who are interested in islet handling and culture.

Islet Flow Cytometry

Mouse islets: isolated islets are enzymatically dispersed and sorted on a Becton Dickinson FACS ARIAII using flow sorting schemes developed with the user. This can include transgenic mouse islets.

Human islets: isolated islets are enzymatically dispersed and sorted on a Becton Dickinson FACS ARIAII using flow sorting schemes developed with the user. This can be linked to human islets procured through the SDRC IPR Core.

Islet Hormon Assay

Samples generated by islet perifusion and static incubation experiments in the IPR Core are assayed for insulin, glucagon, and/or somatostatin concentration by enzyme-linked immunoassay.

Islet Isolation

The Stanford IPR Core provides human islets to Stanford investigators for research. These islets are procured through arrangements with multiple high-quality sources, particularly the IsletCore at the University of Alberta (Edmonton), the UCSF Islet Core facility in the UCSF Diabetes Center, the Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh), and through in-house isolations.

Blanket MTA with University of Alberta Diabetes Institute (Edmonton) for human islet procurement (starting July 2017)

Our Islet Research Core (IRC) has negotiated a blanket MTA with the University of Alberta Diabetes Institute’s (ADI) Islet Core for human islet procurement for use by our Investigators. The blanket MTA enables researchers at Stanford to procure human islets for their research. This could also include non-islet pancreatic cells. In order to obtain islets through this MTA-enabled streamlined mechanism, each investigator should: 1) contact Seung Kim or Kent Jensen, 2) provide a PTA and copies of their approved protocols (APLAC and/or IRB human subjects exemption covering human islet use in, say, islet transplantation), 3) a copy of their Administrative Panel on Biosafety (APB) Protocol exemption (if necessary) and 4) a brief (1 page) description of their project.

For more information, contact the IPR Core Director.

Islet Perifusion

The islet perifusion apparatus is a low-pressure liquid chromatography system that we built in-house from commercially available components. The system consists of two channels where islets are placed into a 1-mL glass column. Each channel is operated independently by a high-precision peristaltic pump. Perifusion media and islet chambers are maintained and stabilized. This system configuration allows us to acquire dynamic hormone secretory profile simultaneously from a set of islets with 1-2 secretagogues per each channel. Perifusate is collected by fraction collectors and samples are then assayed for insulin, or glucagon concentration. End-users receive complete experimental record with raw data, data analysis and graphical representation of each perifusion experiment.

Islet RNA Isolation

For islet RNA isolation, the IPA Core uses industry-standard RNA isolation procedures optimized for small cell volumes, including Ambion-based methods. After isolation, analysis of islet RNA quality is performed in collaboration with the Stnaford DRC Genomics and Analysis Core and end-users receive complete report of islet RNA integrity and concentration. This can be linked to the IPR Core islet flow cytometry service.

Islet Transplantation

After scheduling Core staff time online, and face-to-face consultation with IPR Core staff, investigators with approved protocols for animal surgery proved islets (mouse or human) for transplantation in sub-capsular renal sire(s) of suitable mice. Core staff perform the transplantation. Following recovery of recipient mice, post-operative care is provided by the DRC members, with advice from IPR staff.

Static Islet Incubation

For islet RNA isolation, the IPA Core uses industry-standard RNA isolation procedures optimized for small cell volumes, including Ambion-based methods. After isolation, analysis of islet RNA quality is performed in collaboration with the Stnaford DRC Genomics and Analysis Core and end-users receive complete report of islet RNA integrity and concentration. This can be linked to the IPR Core islet flow cytometry service.

Training in Islet Procedures

For islet phenotyping and functional assessment in vitro or after transplantation, the IPR Core provides instruction including training in islet isolation and transplantation, islet culture and specialized assays including insulin ELISA, glucagon ELISA, perfusion and static batch insulin secretion assays, and immunohistology. Users pay for materials including media, disposables and ELISA kits strictly on a cost-recovery basis.

Email kent.jensen@stanford.edu to schedule a consultation with IPR Core Staff.

Staff registrants for this service may request reimbursement of the training fee using their STAP funds. Fill out the form using this link: https://stanford.app.box.com/s/g9obsduwjeiv71fm8p2xw25s2pvebok9


  Unit of Billing SDRC Rate
Islet Isolation with Histopaque per mouse $74
Islet Isolation without Histopaque per mouse $62
Islet Handpicking after Histopaque per mouse $15
Islet Handpicking without Histopaque per mouse $55
Islet Perifusion per channel $166
Islet Transplantation per mouse $35 1st mouse, $25 2nd-4th mouse
Isley Flow Cytometry per mouse $65
Static Islet Incubation per sample $90
Islet RNA Isolation per extraction $65
Islet Culture per islet set $63
Islet Embedding per 1-4 sets $76
Islet Hormone Assay per sample $9
Human Islet Procurement per islet equivalent $0.11
Training in Islet Procedures per hour $31.40 Senior personnel, $28.24 Staff Research Assistant