Mammary epithelial cell and adipocyte co-culture in a 3-D matrix: The first step towards tissue-engineered human breast tissue
2001 (English)In: Cells Tissues Organs, ISSN 1422-6405, Vol. 169, no 4, 361-367 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Reconstruction of the female breast after cancer surgery is a demanding task where the methods used today suffer from several disadvantages. In the present study we have investigated the possibility to use tissue engineering methods to regenerate human autologous breast tissue. Human mammary epithelial cells and preadipocytes were derived from breast tissue biopsies from healthy women undergoing reduction mammoplasty, and the two celltypes were co-cultured with conventional cell culture methods as well as in 3-D matrices. The study shows that it is possible to harvest both human mammary epithelial cells and preadipocytes in a single session, propagate several subcultures, and that the cells maintain a normal intercellular distribution and growth-pattern when co-cultured in a 3-D collagen gel. We propose that growth and formation of a tissue closely resembling normal human breast tissue be readily obtained in the described in vitro cell culture set-up using basic tissue engineering principles. This concept may be of great importance in the development of new methods for reconstruction of the human breast.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 169, no 4, 361-367 p.
Tissue engineering, Adipocyte, Mammary epithelial cell, Breast tissue
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14344DOI: 10.1159/000047903OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14344DiVA: diva2:23281