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Establishment of long-term ostracod epidermal culture

Morgan, Sian R., Paletto, Laura, Rumney, Benjamin ORCID:, Malik, Farhana T., White, Nick, Lewis, Philip N. ORCID:, Parker, Andrew R., Holden, Simon, Meek, Keith M. ORCID: and Albon, Julie ORCID: 2020. Establishment of long-term ostracod epidermal culture. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Animal 56 (9) , pp. 760-772. 10.1007/s11626-020-00508-8

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Primary crustacean cell culture was introduced in the 1960s, but to date limited cell lines have been established. Skogsbergia lerneri is a myodocopid ostracod, which has a body enclosed within a thin, durable, transparent bivalved carapace, through which the eye can see. The epidermal layer lines the inner surface of the carapace and is responsible for carapace synthesis. The purpose of the present study was to develop an in vitro epidermal tissue and cell culture method for S. lerneri. First, an optimal environment for the viability of this epidermal tissue was ascertained, while maintaining its cell proliferative capacity. Next, a microdissection technique to remove the epidermal layer for explant culture was established and finally, a cell dissociation method for epidermal cell culture was determined. Maintenance of sterility, cell viability and proliferation were key throughout these processes. This novel approach for viable S. lerneri epidermal tissue and cell culture augments our understanding of crustacean cell biology and the complex biosynthesis of the ostracod carapace. In addition, these techniques have great potential in the fields of biomaterial manufacture, the military and fisheries, for example, in vitro toxicity testing.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Optometry and Vision Sciences
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Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany) / Society for In-Vitro Biology
ISSN: 1071-2690
Funders: DSTL
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 November 2020
Date of Acceptance: 9 September 2020
Last Modified: 26 May 2024 17:18

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