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In Vitro Culture and Biological Characteristics of Sheep Amniotic Mesenchymal Stem Cells

In Vitro Culture and Biological Characteristics of Sheep Amniotic Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Tengfei Lu1, Wenhua Pei1, Shuang Zhang2, Yangnan Wu1, Fenghao Chen2, Xiao Han2 and Weijun Guan1,*

1Beijing Institute of Animal and Veterinary Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing 100193, China
2Harbin Sports University, Harbin, 150008, China

Tengfei Luand Wenhua Peicontributed equally to this article.

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With the self-renewal capacity and the potentiality of differentiating into various cells, stem cell is a prospective source for tissue engineering. Amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) obtained from amnion do not evoke ethical issues, as they do with the embryonic stem cells. However, a good many experimental tissues and organs were obtained from model animals but rarely from livestock. In this study, AMSCs were obtained from aborted sheep fetuses (1-3 month) under sterile conditions. Primary AMSCs were sub-cultured to passage 25 in vitro. The gene of Oct-4, Rex-1, CD29, CD44, CD71, and CD73 were identified by RT-PCR and immunofluorescence technique. The results showed that they were positive in AMSCs. The growth of different passages cells typically appeared in S curve. Furthermore, AMSCs successfully differentiated into osteoblasts, adipocytes, and hepatocyte-like cells after procedure induction. The results showed that the AMSCs obtained from sheep demonstrated the features of multipotent stem cells. Therefore, AMSCs could be a good option for transplantation for treatment and regenerative medical projects.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Vol. 51, Iss. 3, Pages 801-1202


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