Human Pancreatic Stellate Cells (HPSC) are the main fibroblastic cells of the pancreas. HPSC are responsible for the synthesis and the degradation of the extracellular matrix proteins that promote tissue repair. They are found adjacent to pancreatic acinar cells and around small pancreatic ducts and blood vessels. When HPSC are activated, they assume myofibroblast-like morphology and secrete excessive amounts of extracellular matrix proteins, which can lead to desmoplasia in chronic pancreatitis and adenocarcinoma [1,2]. Recent studies have shown that HPSC can also act as progenitor cells, immune cells, and intermediaries in exocrine pancreatic secretion . Additionally, HPSC stimulate pancreatic cancer proliferation, inhibit apoptosis, and enhance angiogenesis . HPSC are the ideal model for studying pancreatic tumor formation and they can be used to develop novel therapies for treatment of chronic pancreatitis and adenocarcinoma.
iXCells Biotechnologies offers HPSC from human pancreas. HPSC are cryopreserved after purification and delivered frozen. Each vial contains >5 x 105 cells in 1 ml volume. HPSC are negative for HIV-1, HBV, HCV, mycoplasma, bacteria, yeast and fungi. HPSC can be further expanded for no more than 3 passages in Stellate Cell Growth Medium (Cat# MD-0014). Further expansion may decrease the purity.
Figure1. Phase contrast image of Human Pancreatic Stellate Cells (HPSC) at DIV1.
|Package Size||0.5 million cells/vial|
|Media||Stellate Cell Growth Medium (Cat# MD-0014)|
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