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Moscoso I.,Complejo Universitario Universitario runa | Rodriguez-Barbosa J.-I.,Institute Biomedicina | Barallobre-Barreiro J.,Complejo Universitario Universitario runa | Anon P.,Complejo Universitario Universitario runa | Domenech N.,Complejo Universitario Universitario runa
Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine | Year: 2012

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may be among the first stem cell types to be utilized in the clinic for cell therapy, because of their ease of isolation and extensive differentiation potential. Using a porcine model, we have established several cell lines from MSCs to facilitate in vitro and in vivo studies of their potential use for cellular therapy. Bone marrow-derived primary MSCs were immortalized using the pRNS-1 plasmid. We obtained four stable immortalized cell lines that exhibited higher proliferative capacities than the parental cells. All four cell lines displayed a common phenotype similar to that of primary mesenchymal cells, characterized by constitutively high expressions of CD90, CD29, CD44, SLA I and CD46, while CD172a, CD106 and CD56 were less expressed. Remarkably, treatment with 5-azacytidine-stimulated porcine MSCs lines to differentiate into cells that were positive for cardiac phenotypic markers, such as α-actin, connexin-43, sarcomeric actin, serca-2 and, to a lesser extent, desmin and troponin-T. These porcine MSC lines will be valuable biological tools for developing strategies for ex vivo expansion and differentiation of MSCs into a specific lineage. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source

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