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Influence of Preservation Solution on the Isolation and Culture of Human Hepatocytes From Liver Grafts

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A major problem for the isolation and transplantation of hepatocytes is the lack of resources for obtaining viable hepatocytes. Improving this situation would enhance hepatic cell transplantation programs. Our objective was to evaluate the influence of the preservation solutions used during organ retrieval on the quality of hepatocytes isolated from liver tissue. We compared the results of the collagenase perfusion technique for isolation of hepatocytes in human livers flushed with University of Wisconsin (UW) and Celsior preservation solutions. Yield (number of viable cells per gram of tissue), cellular viability, efficiency of cells to attach to culture plates and form a monolayer, and drug metabolizing competence of the hepatocytes were measured. Successful isolation was achieved in 63% of the procedures using the UW solution and 100% of the procedures using the Celsior solution. In the UW group, significantly lower cell viability (38 ± 41% vs. 79 ± 14%, p < 0.05), yield of cells (4.0 ± 5.2 × 106 vs. 8.2 ± 5.6 × 106 cells/g, p < 0.05), and protein content at 24 h of culture (0.6 ± 0.6 vs. 1.2 ± 0.3 mg protein per plate, p < 0.05) than in Celsior solution were found. However, similar values of P450 activities were found in both groups. The more successful isolation, better yield, and higher cell viability obtained from human liver grafts preserved in Celsior solution, in comparison to UW solution, suggest Celsior solution as the most appropriate for preserving cadaveric hepatic tissue to be used for hepatocyte harvesting.
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Keywords: Human hepatocytes; Isolation; Preservation solution

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Division of Liver Surgery and Transplantation, University Hospital La FE, Avda Campanar 21, 46009, Valencia, Spain, Regenerative Medicine & Cell Transplantation Unit, University Hospital La FE, Avda Campanar 21, 46009, Valencia, Spain 2: Unidad de Hepatología Experimental, Centro de Investigación, University Hospital La FE, Avda Campanar 21, 46009, Valencia, Spain 3: Division of Liver Surgery and Transplantation, University Hospital La FE, Avda Campanar 21, 46009, Valencia, Spain

Publication date: 2005-10-01

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