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Lee, Serene M. L.; Bertinetti-Lapatki, Cristina; Schiergens, Tobias S.; Jauch, Karl-Walter; Roth, Adrian B. and Thasler, Wolfgang E. (2020): Concurrent isolation of hepatic stem cells and hepatocytes from the human liver. In: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal, Vol. 56: pp. 253-260 [PDF, 7MB]


Hepatocytes differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells or stem cells have the potential to be representative in vitro models of the human liver for research as well as early safety assessment programs. However, up until now, there has been no definitive proof that differentiated hepatocytes recapitulate the phenotype and functional characteristics of primary hepatocytes from the same individual. Thus, a method for the concurrent isolation of hepatocytes and hepatic stem cells is presented here to provide the cells necessary for the evaluation of the required benchmarking. The method presented here generated high-quality hepatocytes with a purity of 94 ± 1% and a high percentage viability of 79 ± 2%. Furthermore, the hepatic stem cells isolated were found to be actively proliferating and have a purity of 98 ± 1%. Thus, these isolated cells can be used as a powerful tool for the validation of differentiated hepatocyte in vitro models.

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