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Isolation and primary culture of rat Kupffer cells

Olynyk, J.K. and Clarke, S.L. (1998) Isolation and primary culture of rat Kupffer cells. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 13 (8). pp. 843-845.

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The aim of this study was to describe a reproducible method for the isolation, purification and primary culture of rat Kupffer cells. Kupffer cells were isolated following sequential pronase/collagenase digestion of the liver and enrichment of a non-parenchymal cell fraction by a single-density gradient centrifugation step using 30% metrizamide. Kupffer cells were isolated and further purified from this cell fraction by centrifugal elutriation. Kupffer cells were isolated at 1017 g at 48–110 mL/min. All Kupffer cell fractions exhibited phagocytosis of 3 μm latex beads. Kupffer cell fractions isolated at 48 and 60 mL/min were predominantly ED2 negative while later fractions (80–110 mL/min) were ED2 positive. Kupffer cells were adherent in culture after 2 h. This method for Kupffer cell isolation resulted in a yield of 80–120 times 106 Kupffer cells per liver.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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