In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal

, Volume 30, Issue 12, pp 851–858

Colony isolation and secondary culture of fetal porcine hepatocytes on STO feeder cells

  • Neil C. Talbot
  • Vernon G. Pursel
  • Caird E. RexroadJr.
  • Thomas J. Caperna
  • Anne M. Powell
  • Roger T. Stone
Cellular Models

DOI: 10.1007/BF02639395

Cite this article as:
Talbot, N.C., Pursel, V.G., Rexroad, C.E. et al. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol - Animal (1994) 30: 851. doi:10.1007/BF02639395

Summary

The secondary culture of non-transformed parenchymal hepatocytes has not been possible. STO feeder cell-dependent secondary cultures of fetal pig hepatocytes were established by colony isolation from primary cultures of 26-d fetal livers. The liver cells had the typical polygonal morphology of parenchymal hepatocytes. They also spontaneously differentiated to form small biliary canaliculi between individual cells or progressed further to large multicellular duct-like structures or cells undergoing gross lipid accumulation and secretion. The secondary hepatocyte cultures expressed alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), albumin, and β-fibrinogen mRNA, and conditioned medium from the cells contained elevated levels of transferrin and albumin. STO feeder cell co-culture may be useful for the sustainable culture of hepatocytes from other species.

Key words

differentiation fetal hepatocyte pig 

Copyright information

© Society for In Vitro Biology 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil C. Talbot
    • 1
  • Vernon G. Pursel
    • 1
  • Caird E. RexroadJr.
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Caperna
    • 2
  • Anne M. Powell
    • 1
  • Roger T. Stone
    • 3
  1. 1.Agricultural Research Service, Gene Evaluation and Mapping Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Livestock and Poultry Sciences InstituteU.S. Department of AgricultureBeltsville
  2. 2.Non-Ruminant Animal Nutrition LaboratoryUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Meat Animal Research CenterClay Center

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