Bioprocessing strategies to enhance the challenging isolation of neuro-regenerative cells from olfactory mucosa


Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) are a promising potential cell therapy to aid regeneration. However, there are significant challenges in isolating and characterizing them. In the current study, we have explored methods to enhance the recovery of cells expressing OEC marker p75NTR from rat mucosa. With the addition of a 24-hour differential adhesion step, the expression of p75NTR was significantly increased to 73 ± 5% and 46 ± 18% on PDL and laminin matrices respectively. Additionally, the introduction of neurotrophic factor NT-3 and the decrease in serum concentration to 2% FBS resulted in enrichment of OECs, with p75NTR at nearly 100% (100 ± 0% and 98 ± 2% on PDL and laminin respectively), and candidate fibroblast marker Thy1.1 decreased to zero. Culturing OECs at physiologically relevant oxygen tension (2–8%) had a negative impact on p75NTR expression and overall cell survival. Regarding cell potency, co-culture of OECs with NG108-15 neurons resulted in more neuronal growth and potential migration at atmospheric oxygen. Moreover, OECs behaved similarly to a Schwann cell line positive control. In conclusion, this work identified key bioprocessing fundamentals that will underpin future development of OEC-based cell therapies for potential use in spinal cord injury repair. However, there is still much work to do to create optimized isolation methods.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Biosciences > Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research
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Publication ISSN: 2045-2322
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Published Date: 2018-12-01
Published Online Date: 2018-09-27
Accepted Date: 2018-09-10
Authors: Georgiou, Melanie
Reis, Joana Neves Dos
Wood, Rachael
Esteban, Patricia Perez (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7084-1065)
Roberton, Victoria
Mason, Chris
Li, Daqing
Li, Ying
Choi, David
Wall, Ivan (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6294-8348)



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