In Vitro Porcine Colon Culture

Matheus O. Costa, Janet E. Hill, Michael K. Dame, John C.S. Harding

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Models have been extensively used to investigate disease pathogenesis. Animal models are costly, require extensive logistics for animal care, and samples are not always suitable for different analytical techniques or to answer the research question. In vitro cell culture models are generally focused on recreating a specific characteristic of an organ, and are limited to a single cell population that does not display the characteristic tissue architecture of the source organ. In addition, such models do not account for the many interactions between pathogens and the diverse cell subsets that are normally present in a given organ. Conclusions based on conventional 2D cell culture methods are limited, requiring extrapolation from a reductionist model to understand in vivo events. In vitro organ culture (IVOC) offers a way to overcome some of these limitations. Explants conserve important in vivo characteristics, such as different cell types and complex tissue architecture. This in vitro (ex vivo) organ culture protocol of the swine large intestine aims at maintaining viable colonic mucosa for up to 5 days. The protocol described herein applies a combination of methods used for immortalized cell culture and stem cell stimulation to support the physiological cellular flow inherent of the intestinal mucosa. Required equipment includes a hyperoxic chamber and culture at the air–liquid interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745

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  • Colon
  • Ex vivo
  • IVOC
  • Organ culture
  • Swine


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