Sources of human schwann cells and the influence of donor age

Philip J. Boyer, Gerald F. Tuite, Robert C. Dauser, Karin M. Muraszko, Gihan I. Tennekoon, J. Lynn Rutkowski

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We evaluated several tissues as possible sources for culturing human Schwann cells. The average cell yield (total cell number/mg of nerve fascicle) obtained from adult autopsy cases and transplant organ donors was similar (2 × 104 and 2.9 × 104, respectively), but significantly higher yields were obtained from dorsal roots of pediatric patients undergoing selective dorsal rhizotomy (6.1 × 104). Fresh tissue was not essential since cells isolated from 0 to 20 h postmortem were equally viable. However, we found evidence that donor age affects the intrinsic growth rate of Schwann cells and perineurial fibroblasts in culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-55
Number of pages3
JournalExperimental Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience


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