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Title: Optimization of cryopreservation of stem cells cultured as neurospheres: Comparison between vitrification, slow-cooling and raped cooling "freezing" protocols
Authors: Tan, F.C.K.
Kong, H.L.
Sok, S.G.
Magalhães, R.
Poonepalli, A. 
Hande, M.P.
Dawe, G.S.
Kuleshova, L.L.
Keywords: "Freezing"
Cryopreservation
Neurospheres
Stem cells
Vitrification
Issue Date: Nov-2007
Citation: Tan, F.C.K.,Kong, H.L.,Sok, S.G.,Magalhães, R.,Poonepalli, A.,Hande, M.P.,Dawe, G.S.,Kuleshova, L.L. (2007-11). Optimization of cryopreservation of stem cells cultured as neurospheres: Comparison between vitrification, slow-cooling and raped cooling "freezing" protocols. Cryo-Letters 28 (6) : 445-460. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We compared cryopreservation of mammalian neural stem cells (NSCs) cultured as neurospheres by slow-cooling (1°C/min) in 10% (v/v) DMSO and cryopreservation by immersion into liquid nitrogen in ethylene glycol (EG)-sucrose solutions that support vitrification (40% (v/v) EG, 0.6 M sucrose) or that do not (37% (v/v) EG, 0.6 M sucrose and 30% (v/v) EG, 0.6 M sucrose); the concentration of penetrating cryoprotectant in the last two solutions was lowered with the intention to reduce their toxicity towards NSCs. To protect against contamination a "straw-in-straw" technique was employed. Vitrification offered the best combination of preservation of structural integrity of neurospheres, cell viability (>96%), multipotency and karyotype. Rapid cooling in 37% (v/v) EG, 0.6 M sucrose afforded good viability but did not preserve structural integrity. Rapid cooling in 30% (v/v) EG, 0.6 M sucrose additionally reduced cell viability to 77%. Slow-cooling reduced cell viability to 65% and damaged the neurospheres. This study suggests that, in contrast to "freezing", vitrification has immense potential for the cryopreservation of stem cells cultured as neurospheres or in other structured cultures. © CryoLetters, c/o Royal Veterinary College.
Source Title: Cryo-Letters
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/109501
ISSN: 01432044
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