New techniques for in vitro culture of human retinal pigment epithelium

M. A. Del Monte, I. H. Maumenee

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The proper functioning of the many types of ocular epithelium, most notably the RPE, is critical to the sensory functions of the human eye. We have developed new techniques for the in vitro culture of human RPE using collagen coated vessels and EGF. These techniques increased culture success from 14% to 76% of pairs of eyes. Human RPE has been cultured for up to 4 months while retaining marked pigmentation and epithelioid characteristics. Use of pure cultures of human RPE will allow biochemical study of this important tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-338
Number of pages12
JournalBirth Defects: Original Article Series
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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