Current clinical reports have indicated that hepatocyte transplantation (HTX) could be used in patients with liver failure and in children with liver-based metabolic diseases. One of the major limiting factors of HTX is a serious shortage of donor livers for hepatocyte isolation. To address this issue, we immortalized adult human hepatocytes with a retroviral vector SSR# 69 expressing the genes of simian virus 40 large T antigen and herpes simplex virus-thymidine kinase simultaneously. One of the resulting clones, NKNT-3, grew steadily in chemically defined serum-free medium without any obvious crisis and showed the gene expression of differentiated liver functions. Under the administration of 5 μM ganciclovir, NKNT-3 cells stopped proliferation and died in in vitro experiments. We have established a tightly regulated immortal human hepatocyte cell line. The cells could allow the need for immediate availability of consistent and functionally uniform cells in sufficient quantity and adequate quality.
- Immortalized human hepatocyte
- Retroviral gene transfer
- Simian virus 40 large T antigen
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cell Biology