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In this study, we report a reliable technique for the harvest, cultivation and expansion of monoculture of NMU. The NMU were harvested by two methods, directly from the urothelium in vivo and indirectly from the urothelial outgrowths of bladder explant cultures. Primary cultures and subsequent subcultures were propagated in the mixture of media MCDB 153 and(More)
The purpose of this study was to establish an in vitro culture model that closely resembles whole mouse urothelial tissue. Primary explant cultures of mouse bladder were established on porous membrane supports and explant outgrowths were analysed for morphology and the presence of antigenic and ultrastructural markers associated with urothelial(More)
Using primary explant cultures of mouse bladder, the early response of the urothelium after superficial and full-thickness injuries was investigated. In such an in vitro wound healing model, explant surfaces with a mostly desquamated urothelial superficial layer represented superficial wounds, and the exposed lamina propria at the cut edges of the explants(More)
Leading edge cells, which are located at the forefront of a wound margin, play a significant role in coordinating the wound healing process. In this study, leading edge cells of the urothelial explant outgrowth, resembling leading edge cells during urothelial full-thickness wound healing in vivo, were analyzed for expression and distribution of junction and(More)
The origin of late endosomes - multivesicular bodies (MVBs) in the superficial cells of 16 and 17 embryonic old transitional epithelium of mouse urinary bladder was studied by electron microscopy, lectin labelling and HRP tracing. Analysis of hexagonally structured membrane particles, WGA, and RCA I binding sites revealed structural similarity between(More)
In the filamentous fungus Rhizopus nigricans a steroid hydroxylating multienzyme system is inducible by progesterone and by several other steroids. The biological signal carried by progesterone might be mediated by receptors, located either in the plasma membrane or inside the cell. To elucidate the first possibility, plasma membrane fraction was examined(More)
The death and phagocytosis of the stomach mucoid epithelium cells in 2-8 day old mice were investigated in relation to the state of cell differentiation and the cell age. The autoradiographic determination of 3H-thymidine and cytochemical demonstration of neutral mucosubstances in secretory granules (TA-UA and PA-TCH-SP methods) were used. During the(More)
To elucidate the effects of epidermal growth factor-EGF and transforming growth factor-TGFβ1 on cellular structure, especially on cell junctions and cytoskeleton, the distribution of ZO1, E-cadherin and desmoplakin as well as the organization of actin and keratin filaments have been examined immunohistochemically. In EGF-treated cultures as well as in(More)
The effect of lamina propria on the growth and differentiation of the mouse urinary bladder urothelial cells in vitro has been studied by light and electron microscopy using morphological and immunohistochemical methods. Three different types of urothelial cultures were maintained on a porous membrane in serum-free medium for 10 days. Our results showed(More)
In developing mouse urinary bladder the urothelial cells respond to urine accumulation by cell detachment, i.e. desquamation. To elucidate the steps of urothelial cell detachment during embryonic development and first urine accumulation in bladder lumen, superficial and intermediate cell layers were investigated. Different electron microscopic and(More)