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We previously reported that sericin small (sericin-S), with a molecular weight that ranges from 5 to 100 kDa, is a cell culture supplement used to accelerate cell proliferation. In this study, a novel preparation method for sericin and several applications of sericin were examined. Sericin large, prepared under nonhydrolyzing conditions and ranging from 50(More)
CD11b(+) Gr-1(+) immature myeloid cells (ImCs), which are abnormally increased in tumor-bearing mice, were classified into three different subsets according to their phenotypic and morphological characteristics: Gr-1(low) F4/80(+) macrophages (MΦ-ImCs), Gr-1(mid) stab neutrophils (Neut(stab)-ImCs), and Gr-1(high) segmented neutrophils (Neut(seg)-ImCs). In(More)
Sericin, a constituent of the silkworm cocoon, was added to the culture of four mammalian cell lines: murine hybridoma 2E3-O,human hepatoblastoma HepG2, human epithelial HeLa and human embryonal kidney 293 cells. The proliferation of all cell lineswas accelerated in the presence of sericin. The hybridoma cellline was further studied. The 2E3-O cell line was(More)
Cryopreservation is a pivotal process in cellular engineering for creating a continuous source of generated functional cell lines and for the convenience of various medical treatments that involve cell culture. FBS (fetal bovine serum) supplemented with 10% (v/v) DMSO is extensively used as a freezing medium for mammalian cells using conventional methods.(More)
Islet transplantation is a promising treatment for diabetes. Serum is a necessary supplement in islet cultures, but it has various disadvantages including the risk of contamination by several pathogens. Results of this study suggest that sericin is a useful alternative supplement. Sericin accelerated the proliferation of the rat insulinoma cell line RIN-5F(More)
Fetal bovine serum (FBS) or other mammal-derived factors are extensively supplemented as growth factor into culture medium. Since mammal-derived factors arouses the concern about the risk of zoonosis, serum-and mammal-free culture is strongly required. We focused on sericin hydrolysates, originating from silkworm, and reported that sericin is effective as(More)
Mouse hybridoma 2E3 transfected with human bcl-2 gene survived longer with increasing expression level of bcl-2 when cultured in DME medium supplemented with 9% serum. One of the transfectants, 2E3BCMGbcl-2, overexpressed bcl-2 and could maintain viable cell density higher than the initial density for more than four days at a low 0.5% serum concentration.(More)
The authors established apoptosis resistant COS-1, myeloma, hybridoma, and Friend leukemia cell lines by genetically engineering cells, aiming at more efficient protein production by cell culture. COS-1 cells, which are most widely used for eukariotic gene expression, were transfected with human bcl-2 gene. Both bcl-2 and mock transfected COS-1 cells were(More)
Sound localization in the horizontal plane is mainly determined by interaural time differences (ITD) and interaural level differences (ILD). Both cues result in an estimate of sound source location and in many real-life situations these two cues are roughly congruent. When stimulating listeners with headphones it is possible to counterbalance the two cues,(More)
BACKGROUND The development of islet cultures is desirable for successful clinical islet transplantation. Fetal bovine serum (FBS) has been used as a supplement in islet culture medium, but it may be an unsuitable supplement due recent animal health problems. We have evaluated the use of the silk protein, sericin, derived from Bombyx mori as a replacement(More)