Authors: Komori J, Deward AD, Gramignoli R, Strom SC, Fontes P, Lagasse E
Title: Potential Barriers to Human Hepatocyte Transplantation in MUP-uPAtg (+/+)Rag2-/-?C-/- Mice
Summary: Primary human fetal and adult hepatocytes have been considered feasible donor cell sources for cell transplantation. We compared the engraftment efficiencies between adult human, fetal human, and adult porcine hepatocytes after transplantation into MUP-uPAtg (+/+)Rag2-/-?C-/- mice. Transplantation of adult human hepatocytes yielded a thousand-fold higher serum albumin level compared to transplantation of fetal human hepatocytes, while transplantation of adult porcine hepatocytes resulted in a hundred-fold higher serum albumin level than adult human hepatocytes. These results suggest that adult liver cells are superior to fetal liver cells for transplantation, and caution should be applied if porcine hepatocytes are used for preclinical studies as a proof of concept for human hepatocytes.
Source: Cell Transplant. 2013 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print]