Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 95–99 | Cite as

A method for enrichment of hybrid somatic cells: Complementation studies in certain lysosomal enzymopathies

  • P. V. Nelson
  • W. F. Carey


An improved method, which combines a number of published techniques, is described for the polyethyleneglycol-induced fusion of mononuclear human skin fibroblasts in the presence of phytohaemagglutinin-P and for the subsequent isolation of polynuclear cells by Ficoll gradient sedimentation. Enriched cultures contain between 60 and 75% multinucleated cells and may be maintained in culture without fetal calf serum for up to 14 days without significant overgrowth by the few contaminating mononuclear parental cells. Complementation appears not to occur between GM1 gangliosidosis and mucopolysaccharidosis, type VIB (Morquio) cell strains; this experimental observation provides support for the earlier hypothesis that the mutations for these conditions are allelic. Earlier observations that complementation does not occur between selected phenotypic variants (viz., neuronopathic forms and those without neurological involvement) of sphingomyelin storage (Niemann-Pick) disease or Gaucher's disease are confirmed.


Enrich Culture Skin Fibroblast Multinucleated Cell Neurological Involvement Complementation Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. V. Nelson
    • 1
  • W. F. Carey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical PathologyThe Adelaide Children's HospitalNorth AdelaideAustralia

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