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Cell Biology International (2005) 29, 83–86 (Printed in Great Britain)
Characterization of the interactions between stromal and haematopoietic progenitor cells in expansion cell culture models
N.M. Bilko*, I.A. Votyakova, S.V. Vasylovska and D.I. Bilko
Medical Centre of Tissue and Cell Therapy “Embryotech”, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla” Academy, Kiev, Ukraine


Development of the long-term culture models of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) is one of the important tasks in modern biotechnology. It has been suggested that stromal presence is important for haematopoiesis in vitro and in vivo, but the question remains: whether diffusible factors produced by stromal cells are sufficient for the regeneration of primitive and definitive haematopoietic cells, or direct cell-to-cell contacts of the cultured material with underlying stromal base would be required. During present studies, influence of various feeder layers and feeder layer conditioned media on proliferative, differentiative and clonogenic activity of human AC133+ derived from human umbilical cord blood was investigated. Cell extracts for feeder layers were prepared from 4–6 weeks old human embryos and co-cultured feeder cells. Effects of the conditioned media were also determined. Culture and feeder layer media were additionally supplemented with commonly implemented factors such as GM-CSF, IL-3 and LIF. Estimation of morpho-functional properties of AC133+ cultivated suspension cultures was performed in subculture experiments using semisolid agar culture conditions. Multipotential CFU-MIX (CFU-GEMM) and unipotential progenitor cells CFU-GM, BFU-E and CFU-E were observed and analyzed. Our data suggest that haematopoiesis can be sustained for prolonged cultivation periods in the presence of feeder layer cells or conditioned media supported culture models. Prolonged support of primitive haematopoietic cells and their clonogenic capacity and functional characteristics in feeder layer positive cultures, indicates that diffusible factors are sufficient for haematopoiesis and suggests that direct cell-to-cell contacts may not be exclusively required for successful long-term in vitro haematopoiesis.

Key words: Haematopoietic progenitor cells, Stromal cells, Growth promoting cytokines, Ex vivo cultural system.

*Corresponding author.

Received 31 August 2004/2 November 2004; accepted 11 November 2004


ISSN Print: 1065-6995
ISSN Electronic: 1095-8355
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