iPSC-derived hepatocyte-like cells WT
Accurately model liver biology in vitro with functionally mature iPSC-derived human hepatocytes that maintain similar physiological behaviour as primary human hepatocytes over a 20 day window
DefiniGEN's human hepatocytes remain functionally stable over a prolonged period of time in culture, making them ideal for drug discovery, drug metabolism, and toxicology-related studies. They also express key hepatitis markers such as CD81, SR-B1, Claudin-1 and Occludin at similar levels to primary human hepatocytes, making them an effective model for hepatitis lifecycle studies.
Hepatocyte maturation markers
QPCR analysis shows Def-HEP cells show key hepatocyte markers at similar levels to PHH. Functional characteristics including albumin secretion, A1AT production, glycogen storage and LDL uptake are also present.
Figure 2. Functional analysis of Def-HEP WT hepatocytes (A) Albumin secretion, 10x magnification (B) Glycogen storage disease shown by PAS staining (C) LDL cholesterol uptake shown by fluoresceinated LDL incorporation.
Figure 3. Gene expression analysis demonstrates that Def-HEP express key hepatocyte markers at similar levels to PHH. AFP levels are extremely low in Def-HEP indicating that the cells have attained a functional mature status.
Extended culture time
Figure 4. Extended functional window of use with DefiniGEN hepatocytes. Cryopreserved Def-HEP cells are thawed, plated, and recovered over 7 days to ensure a functional hepatocyte monolayer forms. Subsequently the cells have a +20 day functional window to enable hepatitis disease modelling, and toxicology studies to be undertaken over a longer timeframe than is possible with PHH.
Multiple Inducible CYP450 Activities
Def-HEP cells display CYP450 induced activity profiles that are similar to PHH (CYP1A2 EROD assay, inducer - omeprazole), (CYP3A4 PGlo assay, inducer - rifampicin).
Figure 5. Multiple CYP activities of cryopreserved Def-HEP hepatocyte cells. The results show Def-HEP cells have comparable CYP activity to PHH and induced activity profiles that are highly similar to PHH (CYP1a2 EROD assay, inducer – omeprazole), (CYP3A4 PGlo assay, inducer – rifampicin).
Hepatitis marker analysis
Figure 6. Gene expression analysis of key Hepatitis markers. The analysis indicates the presence of key hepatitis markers in Def-HEP cells including NTCP, Occludin, SR-B1, CD81 and CLDN7. (HepG2 cells do not express all key hepatitis markers).
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