Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Long-term culture of primary porcine oviduct epithelial cells:
    validation of a comprehensive in vitro model for reproductive science (2013)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Chen, Shuai (WE 3)
    Einspanier, Ralf (WE 3)
    Schoen, Jennifer (WE 3)
    Theriogenology; 80(8) — S. 862–869
    ISSN: 0093-691x
    DOI: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2013.07.011
    Pubmed: 23973051
    Institut für Veterinär-Biochemie

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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Recently, we established a protocol for the cultivation of primary porcine oviduct epithelial cells (POEC), which promoted tissue-like morphology for a prolonged culture period. The present study focuses on developing this model into a comprehensive, standardized culture system, as a candidate tool for reproductive toxicity testing and basic research. We cultivated POEC isolated from 25 animals in our culture system for both 3 and 6 weeks and systematically analyzed effects of medium conditioning, supplementation with standardized sera, and culture duration in both freshly isolated and cryopreserved cells. The differentiation status was evaluated via histomorphometry, transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurement, and expression analyses. The culture system possessed high reproducibility, more than 95% of cultures achieved a fully differentiated phenotype. Cells recapitulated in vivo-like morphology and ultrastructure from 3 to 6 weeks. Cryopreservation of the cells prior to cultivation did not affect culture quality of POEC. Employment of conditioned medium ensured optimal promotion of POEC differentiation, and different standardized sera induced fully differentiated phenotypes. Consistent TEER establishment indicated the presence and maintenance of cell type-specific intercellular junctions. The functionality of POEC was proven by consistent mucin secretion and stable expression of selected markers over the whole culture duration. We conclude that POEC are suitable for experiments from 3 weeks up to at least 6 weeks of culture. Therefore, this culture system could be used for in vitro estrous cycle simulation and long-term investigation of toxic effects on oviduct epithelium.