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Recombinant Human Leukemia Inhibitory Factor for the Enhanced Expansion of Neural Stem Cells

Posted By Marcus Curl on 6/27/19 8:29 PM

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Applying neural stem cells (NSC) as a cell therapy has created new hope for the treatment of various neural degenerative diseases as well as the reversal of neural damage once thought to be irreparable. Currently, clinical trials are being performed to evaluate NSC for the treatment of stroke, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and many other indications [1]. As new potential applications emerge and new clinical trials begin, the need for scalable and safe sources of the foundational cell culture materials becomes essential to the future of this technology. The ability to quickly and reliably expand neural NSCs in culture has therefore been essential to the exploration of these novel, cell-based therapeutic approaches. The goal of this application note is to provide step-by-step instructions for using InVitria’s recombinant hLIF in the efficient, safe, and scalable expansion of NSC in culture.

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Reconstitution of Cellastim S for Cell-Culture Applications

Posted By Marcus Curl on 6/18/19 8:53 AM

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Human serum albumin (HSA) has been identified as a powerful tool for the expansion of many cell types in vitro [1]. HSA is a multifaceted protein capable of binding many different types of molecules [2]. HSA therefore plays diverse roles in cell biology, acting as an antioxidant to improve health of cells by binding to reactive oxygen species, as an energy-delivery system by chaperoning fatty acids in the bloodstream, and as a mediator for solubilization and stabilization of metal ions required for cellular processes [2,3]. These functions make HSA supplementation of cell culture media an integral step in facilitating cell growth and expansion in vitro, especially when removing serum or blood-derived proteins for use in clinical manufacturing. Using Cellastim S as a recombinant and scalable source of albumin in cell culture is an enabling tool for large-scale manufacture of cell-based and gene therapies. It is the goal of this app note to provide a step-by-step overview for preparing Cellastim S for use as a stock liquid solution for in vitro cell culture applications.

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Using Recombinant Transferrin in the Expansion of Hematopoietic Stem Cells

Posted By Marcus Curl on 5/29/19 1:00 PM

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A growing number of clinical cases have provided strong proof of concept that hematopoietic stem-cell (HSC) therapies are potential treatments of blood cancers and many other debilitating diseases that were once thought to be incurable [1]. A critical tool to enable development of these therapies is expansion of HSCs in vitro [2]. However, supplementation of HSC growth media with serum-derived media supplements such as those included in xeno-free media and other animal-derived components can introduce adventitious pathogenic agents, create variability when cell expansion processes are scaled up for manufacturing, and can also present the risk of a supply chain interruption for clinical product manufacturing.

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Stabilizing Virus with Albumin to Improve Yield

Posted By Randy Alfano Ph.D. on 4/11/19 11:50 AM

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Virus production is an important application of cell culture systems, both for vaccine manufacturing as well as for gene therapy. During the cell culture process, the infectious particles produced are subjected to several physical stresses inherent to the cell culture system that may cause inactivation and reduce the overall productivity of the culture.Here, a general protocol is described for the addition of recombinant albumin, in the form of the product Cellastim S, to virus production systems to stabilize infectious particles and thereby maximize viral yield.

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Virus Production Using VERO Cells with Microcarriers Without Serum in Chemically Defined Cell Culture Media

Posted By Randy Alfano Ph.D. on 4/2/19 11:30 AM

OptiVERO App Note #3 Download CTA ButtonWorkflow Summary:

Combine supplements of OptiVEROPrepare complementary reagents. Wash cells to remove traces of FBS and harvest from growth surface. Seed in OptiVERO and expand in cell culture flasks for at least 3 passages to allow for adaptation. Prepare microcarrier system, inoculate with VERO cells, and incubate 3-4 days for adhesion and expansion. Add virus of interest in minimal basal MEM. Incubate for 2 hours at 37°C. Add fresh OptiVERO. Allow virus expansion for 3-13 days. Quantify virus by desired method.

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