Author(s): Ahmed N, Taylor DW, Wunder J, Nagy A, Gross AE,
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Abstract A source of sufficient number of cells is a major limiting factor for cartilage tissue engineering. To circumvent this problem, we developed a co-culture method to induce redifferentiation in bovine articular chondrocytes, which had undergone dedifferentiation following serial passage in monolayer culture. In this study we determine whether human osteoarthritic (OA) and non-diseased passaged dedifferentiated chondrocytes will respond similarly. Human passaged chondrocytes were co-cultured for 4 weeks with primary bovine chondrocytes and their redifferentiation status was determined. Afterwards the cells were cultured either independently or in co-culture with cryopreserved passaged cells for functional analysis. The co-culture of passaged cells with primary chondrocytes resulted in reversion of their phenotype towards articular chondrocytes, as shown by increased gene expression of type II collagen and COMP, decreased type I collagen expression and extracellular matrix formation in vitro. Furthermore, this redifferentiation was stable, as those cells not only formed hyaline-like cartilage tissue when grown on their own but also they could induce redifferentiation of passaged chondrocytes in co-culture. These data suggest that it may be possible to use autologous chondrocytes obtained from osteoarthritic cartilage to form tissue suitable to use for cartilage repair. Copyright (c) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
This article was published in J Tissue Eng Regen Med
and referenced in Journal of Bioengineering and Bioelectronics