Bovine myoblast cell production in a microcarriers-based system

Sanne Verbruggen, Luining Daan, Anon van Essen, Mark J. Post*

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For several tissue engineering applications, in particular food products, scaling up culture of mammalian cells is a necessary task. The prevailing method for large scale cell culture is the stirred tank bioreactor where anchor dependent cells are grown on microcarriers suspended in medium. We use a spinner flask system with cells grown on microcarriers to optimize the growth of bovine myoblasts. Freshly isolated primary cells were seeded on microcarriers (Synthemax(A (R)), CellBIND(A (R)) and Cytodex(A (R)) 1 MCs). In this study, we provide proof of principle that bovine myoblasts can be cultured on microcarriers. No major differences were observed between the three tested microcarriers, except that sparsely populated beads were more common with CellBIND(A (R)) and Synthemax(A (R)) II beads suggesting a slower initiation of exponential growth than on Cytodex(A (R)). We also provide direct evidence that bovine myoblasts display bead-to-bead transfer. A remarkable pick up of growth was observed by adding new MCs. Bovine myoblasts seem to behave like human mesenchymal stem cells. Thus, our results provide valuable data to further develop and scale-up the production of bovine myoblasts as a prerequisite for efficient and cost-effective development of cultured meat. Applicability to other anchorage dependent cells can extend the importance of these results to cell culture for medical tissue engineering or cell therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-512
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Cell culture
  • Bioreactor
  • Microcarriers
  • Myoblast
  • LINE

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