Functional three-dimensional HepG2 aggregate cultures generated from an ultrasound trap: Comparison with HepG2 spheroids
Liu, J., Kuznetsova, L. A., Edwards, G. O., Xu, J., Ma, M., Purcell, W. M., Jackson, S. K. and Coakley, W. T. (2007) Functional three-dimensional HepG2 aggregate cultures generated from an ultrasound trap: Comparison with HepG2 spheroids. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 102 (5). pp. 1180-1189. ISSN 0730-2312 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/7137
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcb.21345
Three-dimensional culture systems are an ideal in vitro model being capable of sustaining cell functionalities in a manner that resembles the in vivo conditions. In the present study, we developed an ultrasound trap-based technique to rapidly produce HepG2 hepatocarcinoma cell aggregates within 30 min. Enhanced junctional F-actin was observed at the points of cell-cell contact throughout the aggregates. HepG2 aggregates prepared by the ultrasound trap can be maintained in culture on a P-HEMA-coated surface for up to 3 weeks. The cells in these aggregates proliferated during the initial 3 days and cell number was consistent during the following maintenance period. Albumin secretion from these HepG2 aggregates recovered after 3 days of aggregate formation and remained relatively stable for the following 12 days. Cytochrome P450-1A1 activity was significantly enhanced after 6 days with maximal enzyme activity observed between 9 and 18 days. In addition, comparison experiments demonstrated that HepG2 aggregates generated by the ultrasound trap had comparable functional characterizations with HepG2 spheroids formed by a traditional gyrotatory-mediated method. Our results suggest that HepG2 aggregate cultures prepared through the ultrasound trap-based technique may provide a novel approach to produce in vitro models for hepatocyte functional studies.