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Cryopreserved Fetal Liver Cell Transplants Support the Chronic Failing Liver in Rats With CCl4-Induced Cirrhosis

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Hepatocyte transplantation is a promising method for supporting hepatic function in a broad spectrum of liver diseases. The aim of this work was to test the efficacy of human fetal liver cells to support the chronic failing liver in an experimental model of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced cirrhosis in rats. Liver cirrhosis was induced by intraperitoneal administration of CCl4 at a dose of 0.2 ml (50% v/v solution)/100 g body weight, twice a week for 3 months in rats. Ten days after stopping CCl4 administration (experimental day 0), rats received intrasplenic injection of cryopreserved fetal liver cells (FLC, 1 × 107 cells in 0.3 ml medium). As a cirrhotic control group, CCl4-induced cirrhotic rats were used with intrasplenic injection of an equal volume of medium alone. Animals were sacrificed on experimental day 15. Human fetal liver cell transplantation almost completely prevented the death of cirrhotic animals during the 2 weeks after treatment, while high ongoing mortality was seen in the cirrhotic control group. Cell transplantation into the spleen normalized total bilirubin and TBARSs levels and increased albumin levels in blood serum, as well as restoring mitochondrial function and liver detoxification function (assessed by cytochrome P450 contents and activity) compared with the activities seen in the cirrhosis control group. In parallel with this restoration of biochemical and functional liver indices, morphological patterns of liver recovery or regeneration after liver cell transplantation were demonstrated in day 15 samples by light microscopy. These were absent in the group that had received only medium alone.
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Keywords: CCl4-induced cirrhosis; Cryopreservation; Fetal liver cells; Human; Liver cell transplantation; Rat liver function

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biochemistry, Institute for Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine, Kharkov, 61015, Ukraine 2: University Department of Surgery, Hampstead Campus, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London, UK

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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