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Bai C.,Institute of Animal ScienceChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingPR China | Gao Y.,Institute of Animal ScienceChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingPR China | Shan Z.,Institute of Animal ScienceChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingPR China | Guan W.,Institute of Animal ScienceChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingPR China | Ma Y.,Institute of Animal ScienceChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingPR China
Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution | Year: 2015

Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are easy to obtain and thought to be ideal candidate cells for reconstruction of tissues and organs. Pigs are an appropriate animal model because their physiological structure, organ size, nutritional metabolism, and pathological reactions are similar to those of humans. In this study, bone marrow was collection from Bama miniature pigs to isolate BMSCs (B-BMSCs) by whole bone marrow culture method. We then examined their biological characteristics such as growth kinetics, surface antigen, and multi-lineage potential. B-BMSCs could be cultured for 36 passages in vitro. Growth kinetics and colony forming assay analyses indicated that B-BMSCs had a strong capacity for self-renewal in vitro and their proliferation rate appeared to decrease with passaging. These findings were supported by the animal cytophysiology in vitro. Surface antigen detection showed that B-BMSCs expressed CD29, CD44, CD71, CD73, and CD90, but not the endothelial cell marker CD31 or hematopoietic cell-specific marker CD34. This result was consistent with the characteristics of B-BMSCs. Furthermore, under appropriate conditions for multidirectional differentiation, B-BMSCs were induced to differentiate into adipocytes, osteoblasts, neuron-like cells, islet cells, liver-like cells, and endothelial cells as indicated by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunofluorescence. These results verified the differentiation potential of B-BMSCs. In this study, B-BMSCs were isolated from Bama miniature pigs, and the self-renewal ability and differential potential was evaluated in vitro. The present study has important bearing on the potential application of B-BMSCs as a stem cell source for regenerative therapies. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source

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