Isolation and culture of pulmonary artery endothelial cells

Ryan, U.S.; Clements, E.; Habliston, D.; Ryan, J.W.

Tissue and Cell 10(3): 535-554


ISSN/ISBN: 0040-8166
PMID: 83028
DOI: 10.1016/s0040-8166(16)30347-0
Accession: 005764337

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It has become increasingly evident that endothelial cells function as far more than a mechanical barrier between blood and parenchyma. Endothelial cells from one vesicular bed are known to differ structurally from those of another, and it has been suggested that they may differ functionally. Further to test the hypothesis that endothelial cells from one site may differ in terms of function from those of another site, it is necessary to test endothelium from various source after having obtained these cells in pure, well-characterized cultures. To facilitate such studies, we herein describe in detail means for the isolation, culture and characterization of endothelial cells from calf pulmonary artery. These cells may be of major interest in terms of specific metabolic activities as it has become evident that the lungs play a prominent role in determining the hormonal composition of systemic arterial blood.