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High Metabolic Function of Primary Human and Porcine Hepatocytes in a Polyurethane Foam/Spheroid Culture System in Plasma From Patients With Fulminant Hepatic Failure

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It has been demonstrated that plasma from patients with fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) interferes extensively with cellular function. We placed primary human and primary porcine hepatocytes in a polyurethane foam (PUF)/spheroid culture system and compared the metabolic functions in the plasma of patients with FHF in a 24-h stationary culture to those in a monolayer culture. The PUF/spheroid culture system using primary human and primary porcine hepatocytes significantly decreased ammonia content during 28-day culture. Fisher's ratio significantly increased at culture days 3 and 7. Tauroursodeoxycholic acid significantly increased and glycochenodeoxycholic acid and taurochenodeoxycholic acid decreased in the FHF patients' plasma at culture day 3. During at least a 24-h culture in the FHF patients' plasma, metabolic functions of primary human and primary porcine hepatocytes were almost identical. The present results indicate that the PUF/spheroid culture system using primary human or primary porcine hepatocytes demonstrated more advantageous metabolic functions in the plasma from patients with FHF than the monolayer culture.

Keywords: Human hepatocytes; Key words: Fulminant hepatic failure; Polyurethane foam/spheroid culture system; Porcine hepatocytes

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: *Department of Surgery and Science, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan 2: †Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan

Publication date: April 1, 2002

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