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Cell culture from sponges: pluripotency and immortality

AuthorsDe Caralt, S. ; Uriz, María Jesús ; Wijffels, R. H.
Issue DateOct-2007
CitationTrends in Biotechnology 25(10) : 467-471 (2007)
AbstractSponges are a source of compounds with potential pharmaceutical applications. In this article, methods of sponge cell culture for production of these bioactive compounds are reviewed, and new approaches for overcoming the problem of metabolite supply are examined. The use of embryos is proposed as a new source of sponge material for cell culture. Stem cells are present in high amounts in embryos and are more versatile and resistant to infections than adult cells. Additionally, genetic engineering and cellular research on apoptotic mechanisms are promising new fields that might help to improve cell survival in sponge-cell lines. We propose that one topic for future research should be how to reduce apoptosis, which appears to be very high in sponge cell cultures.
Description5 páginas, 1 tabla, 2 figuras.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2007.08.006
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