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Characteristics of cells derived from the girdle region of the pre-implantation blastocyst of the donkey

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/1986
<mark>Journal</mark>Cell and Tissue Research
Issue number2
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)343-352
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The establishment of a monolayer culture of cells derived from the girdle region of a 34-day-old donkey conceptus is described. These cells have had over 100 repeated passages in culture. Low levels of pregnant mares' serum gonadotrophin (PMSG, eCG) could be detected in the cells by indirect immunofluorescence using some monoclonal anti-eCG antibodies, but the cells did not secrete eCG as measured by radioimmunoassay or inhibition of haemagglutination. There was marked nuclear polymorphism with binucleate and occasional multinucleate cells. The cells were strongly reactive with wheatgerm agglutinin and concanavalin A suggesting the synthesis of many glycosylated products. Some cells were reactive with antisera to prekeratin, others with antisera to vimentin. The cells also contained actin (showing peculiar intercellular communications), -actinin and tubulin. They were able to metabolize certain steroid precursors, but there was no definitive evidence for the presence of aromatase or 5-3-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase in these cells. This cell line appears to resemble trophectodermal girdle epithelium at a stage of development prior to the onset of eCG production, and may be useful in studies on the control of expression of this substance.