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In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 1999 May;35(5):289-95.

Primary cultures of heart cells from the scallop Pecten maximus (mollusca-bivalvia).

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Unité de Culture cellulaire, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France.


Primary cultures of Pecten maximus heart cells, isolated by an enzymatic procedure, were routinely obtained with a high level of reproducibility in a simple medium based on sterile seawater. Cells attached to the plastic substratum without the need to add a special factor. The number of adhering cells gradually increased with the time of culture. Two types of adhering cells were observed: epitheliallike cells and fibroblastlike cells, which were more numerous. The latter cells were identified as myocytes by electron microscopy and immunofluorescent staining. Results obtained by autoradiography, after incorporation of [14C]leucine, [3H]thymidine, and [14C]acetate, confirmed functional activity of the cells. These cultures were maintained viable in vitro during at least 1 mo.

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