Improved cloning efficiency using hCD55/alpha 1,3-Gal knock-out cell clones selected for high hCD55 expression level

Franco Lucchini, Andrea Perota, Irina Lagutina, Silvia Colleoni, Roberto Duchi, Giovanna Lazzari, Emanuele Cozzi, Fiorella Calabrese, Mathias Chatelais, Beatrice Charreau, Cesare Galli

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although it was demonstrated that a-1,3 galactosyltransferase knock out (gal-ko) pig organs transplanted into primates were protected from hyperacute rejection, hCd55 expression in donors is considered necessary to protect cells and tissues from complement-mediated damage. to provide sufficient number of cloned transgenic animals with high expression of Cd55 for xenotransplantation, we combined intensive screening of colonies (iCC and wb) with somatic cell nuclear transfer (sCnt). an outbred gal-ko male minipig line was established and nucleofected with a strong ubiquitous expression vector (pCaggs-hCd55). Hygromicine resistant clones (n=10) were selected for hCd55 expression (wb, iCC) using the mab ia10 (bdpharmingen). the 8 best clones were used for sCnt - 4 clones/experiment. in total 899 morula and blastocysts d6 were transferred into 11 synchronized sows: 7 became pregnant (64%); 4 went to term, 1 aborted and 2 are ongoing. twenty nine piglets were born (15 alive and 14 stillborn) and 12 were live at 7 th day (80%). at birth umbilical cord samples (uCs) from cloned animals were used for phenotypic (wb, iCC) and genotypic characterizations (pCr and southern blot). wb detected the hCd55 expression in every uCs and tissue from stillborn pigs (n = 7). iCC confirmed high level of hCd55 expression in primary fibroblasts (n=5 ), kidney cells (n=7 ) and on paeC (n=5). after southern blot new 4 different hCd55/a1,3- galko minipig cell lines were identified. thus the selection of the fibroblasts prior to sCnt is very effective to ensure the desired expression in the animals, moreover pooling of 4 different clonal fibroblasts increased the birth rate since only 4 out of the 8 clones generated offsprings
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)296-296
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011
EventoJoint Congress of the Cell Transplant Society (CTS) and the International Xenotranplantation Association (IXA) - Miami
Durata: 23 ott 201126 ott 2011


  • transgenic pig
  • xenotransplantation


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