Isolation and Pure Culture of Microvascular Endothelial Cells from the Fetal Skin

Myung Soo Cha, Dong Kyun Rah, Kwang Hoon Lee

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Microvascular endothelial cells were purely isolated from human fetal skin using magnetic particles. The principle of this technique is based on the selective binding of the lectin Ulex europaeus I (UEA I) to the endothelial cell surface via fucose residues. Initially UEA I was covalently bound to tosyl-activated magnetic polydisperse polymer particles (Dynabeads) and then the UEA I-coated beads were collected using a magnetic particle concentrator (MPC). Endothelial cells were isolated by extracting microvascular segments from trypsin-treated fetal skin tissue and were purified by sieving with nylon mesh and by 35% Percoll gradient centrifugation. For further purification, the obtained cells were incubated with UEA I-coated Dynabeads. The endothelial cells bound to the Dynabeads were collected using MPC. This is a simple and reproducible technique for isolating a pure population of microvascular endothelium from the fetal skin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-193
Number of pages8
JournalYonsei medical journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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