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A comparative study on culture conditions and routine expansion of amniotic fluid-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells


Gucciardo, L; Ochsenbein-Kölble, N; Ozog, Y; Verbist, G; Van Duppen, V; Fryns, J P; Lories, R; Deprest, J (2013). A comparative study on culture conditions and routine expansion of amniotic fluid-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells. Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, 34(4):225-235.

Abstract

Background: Amniotic fluid (AF) cell populations will be applied in perinatology. We aimed to test the feasibility of large-scale cell expansion. Study Methods: We determined the best out of three published expansion protocols for mesenchymal progenitors (AF samples, n = 4) in terms of self-renewal ability. Characterization was performed based on morphology, surface marker analysis, cytogenetic stability, and differentiation potential. The conditions for the best self-renewal ability were further determined in a consecutive series (n = 159). Results: The medium containing fetal bovine serum (FBS), epidermal growth factor, insulin, transferrin, and tri-iodothyronine, combined with seeding on gelatin-coated wells, best stimulated the growth of cells with mesenchymal features, as demonstrated by flow cytometry; however, only osteogenic differentiation was possible. Large-scale testing (n = 44) failed to confirm a robust self-renewal ability. Better results were obtained (n = 88) using optimized FBS or an increased initial cell density. Eventually over 81% of cultures continued growing after the initial medium change and had mesenchymal features but failed differentiation assays. Discussion: Routine in vitro expansion of AF-derived mesenchymal cells remains problematic. Despite an increase in successful cell cultures from 40 up to 80% using optimized serum and an increased cell density, eventually cells failed to demonstrate differentiation abilities. Routine isolation and expansion from unselected AF samples remains a challenge.

Abstract

Background: Amniotic fluid (AF) cell populations will be applied in perinatology. We aimed to test the feasibility of large-scale cell expansion. Study Methods: We determined the best out of three published expansion protocols for mesenchymal progenitors (AF samples, n = 4) in terms of self-renewal ability. Characterization was performed based on morphology, surface marker analysis, cytogenetic stability, and differentiation potential. The conditions for the best self-renewal ability were further determined in a consecutive series (n = 159). Results: The medium containing fetal bovine serum (FBS), epidermal growth factor, insulin, transferrin, and tri-iodothyronine, combined with seeding on gelatin-coated wells, best stimulated the growth of cells with mesenchymal features, as demonstrated by flow cytometry; however, only osteogenic differentiation was possible. Large-scale testing (n = 44) failed to confirm a robust self-renewal ability. Better results were obtained (n = 88) using optimized FBS or an increased initial cell density. Eventually over 81% of cultures continued growing after the initial medium change and had mesenchymal features but failed differentiation assays. Discussion: Routine in vitro expansion of AF-derived mesenchymal cells remains problematic. Despite an increase in successful cell cultures from 40 up to 80% using optimized serum and an increased cell density, eventually cells failed to demonstrate differentiation abilities. Routine isolation and expansion from unselected AF samples remains a challenge.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Obstetrics
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:03 Feb 2014 13:24
Last Modified:09 Jun 2016 07:28
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1015-3837
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000354895
PubMed ID:24134897

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