Mammalian cell propagation on derivatized polyacrylamide microcarriers.

S. Reuveny, A. Mizrahi, M. Kotler, A. Freeman

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A working system for studying the effects of factors involved in the chemical nature of microcarrier on cell attachment, spreading and growth, was established. The system is based on polyacrylamide beads, prepared by the emulsion polymerization technique. Sieved beads of desirable mean diameter were derivatized to generate controlled amounts of primary and tertiary amino groups. These microcarriers were used for propagation of vive different cell strains: BHK, MDCK, CEF, MRC-5 and FS. It was found that BHK cells attach and spread significantly faster on primary amino derivatized beads than those with tertiary amino groups, and at a lower degree of charging. As a result of introducing hydrophobicity to the side chain carrying the primary amino group, higher kinetic rates of BHK cell attachment were obtained. Optimal cell growth of all the tested cells was recorded for the butyl and the hexyl side chains. On the other hand the introduction of hydrophobicity into the polymeric backbone of the microcarrier led to lower cell yields. Primary amino derivatized MCs with an optimal degree of hydrophobicity city exhibit a higher cell yield of MDCK cells (with pronounced epithelial morphology), as compared to the tertiary amino derivatized MCs. CEF and FS cells (with pronounced fibroblast morphology) attained cell yields comparable to those obtained with the tertiary amino derivatized MCs. The diaminohexane derivatized polyacrylamide microcarriers seem to be a potential alternative for the commonly used tertiary amino derivatized micro-carriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-23
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopments in Biological Standardization
StatePublished - 1983


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