Tracing human keratinocytes and melanocytes with carboxyfluorescein hydroxysuccinimidyl ester (CFSE) staining
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Burn treatment and conditions of hypopigmentation may require autologous transplantation of keratinocytes and melanocytes. The tracing of transplanted cells presents a challenge. We report a methodology based on passive staining with carboxyfluorescein hydroxysuccinimidyl ester (CFSE) that enables localising cells in tissue sections to investigate the fate of transplanted cells in wound re-epithelialisation. CFSE-stained keratinocytes and CFSE-stained melanocytes were transplanted to human full thickness in vitro wounds either as cell suspension for keratinocytes, or with the aid of macroporous gelatin microcarriers for both cells types in single and co-culture. Viability and migration of CFSE-stained keratinocytes and melanocytes were investigated, and proliferation of the cells cultured on microcarriers was measured with flow cytometry. Wounds with transplanted cells were harvested after seven, 14 and 21 days in culture, cryosectioned and investigated using fluorescence microscopy. Sections from wounds with transplanted co-cultured keratinocytes and melanocytes were stained for pancytokeratin to distinguish double stained keratinocytes. The CFSE-staining of keratinocytes and melanocytes did not affect the viability, migration or proliferation of the cells. Transplanted cells were traced in tissue sections after 21 days and wound re-epithelialisation was not affected. We propose a novel application of CFSE-staining in transplantation studies here presented with primary human keratinocytes and melanocytes.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123310OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123310DiVA: diva2:881355