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Isolation of a slowly adhering cell fraction containing stem cells from murine skeletal muscle by the preplate technique

Gharaibeh, B and Lu, A and Tebbets, J and Zheng, B and Feduska, J and Crisan, M and Péault, B and Cummins, J and Huard, J (2008) Isolation of a slowly adhering cell fraction containing stem cells from murine skeletal muscle by the preplate technique. Nature Protocols, 3 (9). 1501 - 1509. ISSN 1754-2189

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This protocol details a procedure, known as the modified preplate technique, which is currently used in our laboratory to isolate muscle cells on the basis of selective adhesion to collagen-coated tissue culture plates. By employing this technique to murine skeletal muscle, we have been able to isolate a rapidly adhering cell (RAC) fraction within the earlier stages of the process, whereas a slowly adhering cell (SAC) fraction containing muscle-derived stem cells is obtained from the later stages of the process. This protocol outlines the methods and materials needed to isolate RAC and SAC populations from murine skeletal muscle. The procedure involves mechanical and enzymatic digestion of skeletal muscle tissue with collagenase XI, dispase and trypsin followed by plating the resultant muscle slurry on collagen type I-coated flasks where the cells adhere at different rates. The entire preplate technique requires 5 d to obtain the final preplate SAC population. Two to three additional days are usually required before this population is properly established. We also detail additional methodologies designed to further enrich the resultant cell population by continuing the modified preplating process on the SAC population. This process is known as replating and requires further time.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gharaibeh, Bburhan@pitt.eduBURHAN0000-0002-5947-1232
Lu, A
Zheng, B
Feduska, J
Crisan, M
Péault, B
Cummins, J
Huard, J
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Stem Cell Research Center
Date: 18 September 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Protocols
Volume: 3
Number: 9
Page Range: 1501 - 1509
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1038/nprot.2008.142
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Orthopaedic Surgery
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1754-2189
MeSH Headings: Animals; Cell Adhesion--physiology; Cell Separation--methods; Mice; Muscle, Skeletal--cytology; Stem Cells--cytology
PubMed ID: 18772878
Date Deposited: 15 May 2014 20:17
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2021 17:55


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