Author(s): Chen HH, Decot V, Ouyang JP, Stoltz JF, Bensoussan D,
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Abstract In the last years, there were many studies based on the use of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in cell therapy and tissue engineering. Although hMSCs can be easily obtained and expanded in culture, a large number of cells are often needed. The expansion of hMSCs depends on the culture conditions, such as media, cell density or culture flasks. Moreover, growth factors are often added to improve cell proliferation. In this study, we compared the effect of two culture media (DMEM and alpha-MEM), two culture flasks (75 or 25 cm2) and two different mononuclear cell seeding densities (1 x 10(4) or 5 x 10(4) MNC/cm2) on the isolation of hMSCs from bone marrow samples and analyzed if the isolation conditions affected the expansion of these cells in the first two passages. Experiments were performed without the addition of exogenous growth factors. Our results showed that alpha-MEM is the optimal culture medium for both, isolation and expansion of mesenchymal stem cells. Moreover, the cell seeding density of 50,000 MNC/cm2 in 25 cm2 culture flasks seems to be the best condition for the isolation step.
This article was published in Biomed Mater Eng
and referenced in Rheumatology: Current Research