Publications by authors named "Setara Begum"

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Phenotypic and in vivo functional characterization of immortalized human fetal liver cells.

Scand J Gastroenterol 2014 Jun 15;49(6):705-14. Epub 2014 Apr 15.

Laboratory of Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg , Gothenburg , Sweden.

We report the establishment and characterization of immortalized human fetal liver progenitor cells by expression of the Simian virus 40 large T (SV40 LT) antigen. Well-characterized cells at various passages were transplanted into nude mice with acute liver injury and tested for functional capacity. The SV40LT antigen-immortalized fetal liver cells showed a morphology similar to primary cells. Cultured cells demonstrated stable phenotypic expression in various passages, of hepatic markers such as albumin, CK 8, CK18, transcription factors HNF-4α and HNF-1α and CYP3A/7. The cells did not stain for any of the tested cancer-associated markers. Albumin, HNF-4α and CYP3A7 expression was confirmed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Flow cytometry showed expression of some progenitor cell markers. In vivo study showed that the cells expressed both fetal and differentiated hepatocytes markers. Our study suggests new approaches to expand hepatic progenitor cells, analyze their fate in animal models aiming at cell therapy of hepatic diseases.
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June 2014

Characterization and engraftment of long-term serum-free human fetal liver cell cultures.

Cytotherapy 2010 Apr;12(2):201-11

Department of Transplantation Surgery, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Background Aims: Cultured human hepatocytes have extensive diagnostic and clinical applications. However, the setting-up of new in vitro culture techniques allowing the long-term survival and functional maintenance of adult human hepatocytes represents a formidable challenge. Fetal liver cells (FLC) are attractive candidate donor cells because of their high proliferative capacity.

Methods: Using cell culture and molecular techniques, we studied the in vitro and in vivo characteristics of FLC grown long-term in serum-free conditions.

Results: Serum-free FLC obtained from 6-10-week-old human fetal livers grew as multiple clusters in suspension and could be subcultured for at least six passages. These cells maintained stable hepatocyte phenotypes and gene expression patterns in culture for up to 6 months. When a cluster of these cells in various passages was placed on collagen-coated plates, they formed a monolayer and morphologically resembled hepatocytes. The cells expressed alpha -fetoprotein, cytokeratin (CK) 8, CK18 and CK19 and albumin (ALB). Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4alpha and 1beta and cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 and CYP3A7 mRNA expression was demonstrated by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Cells at different passages, when transplanted into nude mice with liver injury, engrafted successfully, as detected by in situ hybridization using a human-specific DNA probe. Colonies of human-specific CK8, CK18, c-Met nuclear antigen (Ag), mitochondrial Ag, hepatocyte-specific Ag and ALB-expressing cells were present in the livers of recipient animals.

Conclusions: Primary human FLC can be kept in culture consistently over a long time period and are potential candidates for cell therapy and in vitro diagnostics.
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April 2010

Generation of hepatocyte-like cells from in vitro transdifferentiated human fetal pancreas.

Cell Transplant 2009 ;18(2):183-93

Division of Transplantation Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital-Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Although the appearance of hepatic foci in the pancreas has been described in animal experiments and in human pathology, evidence for the conversion of human pancreatic cells to liver cells is still lacking. We therefore investigated the developmental plasticity between human embryonic pancreatic cells and liver cells. Cells were isolated and expanded from 7-8-week-old human fetal pancreata (HFP) and were characterized for the absence and presence of pancreatic and hepatic markers. In vitro expanded HFP were treated with fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) and dexamethasone (DX) to induce a liver phenotye in the cells. These treated cells in various passages were further studied for their capacity to be functional in hepatic parenchyma following retrorsine-induced injury in nude C57 black mice. Amylase- and EPCAM-positive-enriched cells isolated from HFP and treated with FGF2 and DX lost expression of pancreatic markers and gained a liver phenotype. Hepatic differentiation was based on the expression (both at the mRNA and protein level) of liver markers albumin and cytokeratin 19. When transplanted in vivo into nude mice treated with retrorsine, both cell types successfully engrafted and functionally differentiated into hepatic cells expressing human albumin, glycogen, dipeptidyl peptidase, and gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase. These data indicate that human fetal pancreatic cells have a capacity to alter their gene expression profile in response to exogenous treatment with FGF2 and DX. It may be possible to generate an unlimited supply of hepatocytes in vitro for cell therapy.
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August 2009