Manufacturing of insulin-secreting spheroids with the RIN-5F cell line using a shaking culture method

D. J. Joo, J. Y. Kim, J. I. Lee, J. H. Jeong, Y. Cho, M. K. Ju, K. H. Huh, M. S. Kim, Y. S. Kim

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Background There have been many efforts to find methods to increase insulin production by islets or modified cells. Commercially available established cell lines can be a good source of artificial islets. We manufactured sphere-shaped cell clusters composed of insulin-secreting cells from the commercially available RIN-5F cell line. Methods To generate artificial islets with insulin-secretion functions, we used the RIN-5F cell line. When cells cultured in RPMI-1640 medium containing 10% fetal bovine serum reached near confluency, they were trypsinized for suspension culture at high density, using a horizontal shaker. The cells were maintained for 5 days under 5% CO 2 with humidification. Next, the media from the RIN cell spheroid culture was collected over 5 consecutive days to test for insulin secretion. Results Spheroids of artificial islets exhibited an oval shape with an approximate size of 94.13 ± 20.41 μm on day 5 during the shaking culture. Abnormal outgrowth of spheroids was not observed. Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferasemediated dUTP nick-end labelingpositive cells were not detected among the overall spheroids, including the core position. Insulin secretion, measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, was well maintained in the culture media over 5 days after spheroid formation. Conclusion This result suggested that a culture method with shaking can be applied to commercially available established cell lines to generate artificial islets, which might be used for a bioartificial pancreas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4225-4227
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the Korean Healthcare Technology R&D Project , Ministry of Health , Welfare & Family Affairs , Republic of Korea (No. A080058 ). Joon Ye Kim, Jin Ho Jeong and Yuri Cho are research associates supported by Yonsei University IACF ( 7-2006-0270 , 7-2009-0537 and 7-2010-0332 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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