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Claire Jessup

My primary research interests focus on the vasculature of the pancreatic islet, and the relevance of cell signalling to diabetes. The dense network of intraislet capillaries is crucial for the sensitive detection of blood glucose and release of insulin. Many islets die when they are disconnected from their blood supply for transplantation purposes - limiting the success of islet transplantation. As part of the Islet Transplantation and Dendritic Cell Biology Laboratory (Royal Adelaide Hospital) and in collaboration with Dr Claudine Bonder in the Centre for Cancer Biology we are investigating the use of endothelial progenitor cells to swiftly reconnect the blood supply to transplanted islets and improve their function and survival.


  • Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Flinders Medical Science and Technology, Flinders University
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide

Journal Covers

May 2011, Islets journal:

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Penko D, Rojas-Canales D, Mohanasundaram D, Peiris HS, Sun WY, Drogemuller CJ, Coates PTH, Bonder CS, Jessup CF (2012) accepted with revisions Cell Transplantation Feb 2013

Hughes A, Mohanasundaram D, Kireta S, Jessup CF, Drogemuller CJ and Coates PTH An insulin-like growth factor-II (IGF-II) anti-apoptotic strategy improves islet cell survival for transplantation. Transplantation. 2013 Mar 15;95(5):671-678. PMID: 23364485

Appleby SL, Jessup CF, Mortimer LA, Kirk K, Brereton HM, Coster DJ, Tan CK and Williams KA Expression of an anti-CD4 single chain antibody fragment from the donor cornea can prolong corneal allograft survival in inbred rats. Br J Ophthalmol. 2013 Jan;97(1):101-5.

Peiris H, Raghupathi R, Jessup CF, Zanin MP, Mohanasundaram D, Mackenzie KD, Chataway T, Clarke JN, Brealey J, Coates PT, Pritchard MA, Keating DJ. Increased expression of the glucose-responsive gene, RCAN1, causes hypoinsulinemia, β-cell dysfunction, and diabetes. Endocrinology. 2012 Nov;153(11):5212-21.

Fernandes RA, Shore DA, Vuong MT, Yu C, Zhu X, Pereira-Lopes S, Brouwer H, Fennelly JA, Jessup C, Evans EJ, Wilson IA, Davis SJ. T Cell Receptors are Structures Capable of Initiating Signaling in the Absence of Large Conformational Rearrangements. J Biol Chem. 2012 Apr 13;287(16):13324-35.

Rojas-Canales D, Krishnan R, Jessup CF, Coates PTH. Early exposure of interferon-gamma inhibits signal transducer and activator of transcription-6 signalling and nuclear factor kB activation in a short-term monocyte-derived dendritic cell culture promoting ‘FAST’ regulatory dendritic cells. Clin Exp Immunol. 2012 Mar;167(3):447-58.

Jessup CF, Bonder CS, Pitson SM, Coates PTH. The sphingolipid rheostat: a potential target for improving pancreatic islet survival and function. Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets. 2011 Dec;11(4):262-72.

Mohanasundaram D, Drogemuller C, Brealey J, Jessup CF, Milner C, Murgia C, Lang CJ, Milton A, Zalewski PD, Russ GR, Coates PT. Ultrastructural analysis, zinc transporters, glucose transporters and hormone expression in new world primate (Callithrix jacchus) and human pancreatic islets. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 2011 Nov 1;174(2):71-9.

Penko D, Mohanasundaram D, Sen S, Drogemuller C, Mee C, Bonder CS, Coates PT, Jessup CF (corresponding author). Incorporation of endothelial progenitor cells into mosaic pseudoislets. Islets. 2011 May-Jun;3(3):73-9.

Hughes A, Jessup C, Drogemuller C, Mohanasundaram D, Milner C, Rojas D, Russ GR, Coates PT. Gene therapy to improve pancreatic islet transplantation for Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Curr Diabetes Rev. 2010 Sep 1;6(5):274-84.

Coster DJ, Jessup CF, Williams KA. Mechanisms of corneal allograft rejection and regional immunosuppression. Eye. 2009 Oct;23(10):1894-7.

Other Articles

(book section) Coster DJ, Jessup CF, Williams KA. Mechanisms of corneal allograft rejection and the development of new therapies. In: Reinhard T, Larkin DFP, editors. Cornea and External Eye Disease Corneal allotransplantation, allergic disease and trachoma. Berlin: Springer; 2010.

(published report) JDRF: Australian Type I Diabetes Research Agenda. Partnering science, government and the community.  (Scientific contributor: JESSUP CF) Sydney, 2010.

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