Journal article

Enrichment of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes in primary culture facilitates long-term maintenance of contractility in vitro

Phong D Nguyen, Sarah T Hsiao, Priyadharshini Sivakumaran, Shiang Y Lim, Rodney J Dilley

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-CELL PHYSIOLOGY | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2012

Abstract

Long-term culture of primary neonatal rat cardiomyocytes is limited by the loss of spontaneous contractile phenotype within weeks in culture. This may be due to loss of contractile cardiomyocytes from the culture or overgrowth of the non-cardiomyocyte population. Using the mitochondria specific fluorescent dye, tetramethylrhodamine methyl ester perchlorate (TMRM), we showed that neonatal rat cardiomyocytes enriched by fluorescence-activated cell sorting can be maintained as contractile cultures for long periods (24-wk culture vs. 2 wk for unsorted cardiomyocytes). Long-term culture of this purified cardiomyocyte (TMRM high) population retained the expression of cardiomyocyte markers, continu..

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