The Open Biomedical Engineering Journal

ISSN: 1874-1207 ― Volume 10, 2016

Cultivation and Differentiation of Encapsulated hMSC-TERT in a Disposable Small-Scale Syringe-Like Fixed Bed Reactor

Christian Weber1, Sebastian Pohl1, Ralf Pörtner2, Christine Wallrapp3, Moustapha Kassem4, Peter Geigle3, Peter Czermak*, 1, 5
1 Institute of Biopharmaceutical Technology, University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg, Giessen-Germany
2 Institute of Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, University of Technology, Hamburg-Germany
3 CellMed AG, Alzenau, Germany
4 Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University Hospital of Odense, Odense-Denmark
5 Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS-USA


The use of commercially available plastic syringes is introduced as disposable small-scale fixed bed bioreactors for the cultivation of implantable therapeutic cell systems on the basis of an alginate-encapsulated human mesenchymal stem cell line. The system introduced is fitted with a noninvasive oxygen sensor for the continuous monitoring of the cultivation process. Fixed bed bioreactors offer advantages in comparison to other systems due to their ease of automation and online monitoring capability during the cultivation process. These benefits combined with the advantage of single-use make the fixed bed reactor an interesting option for GMP processes. The cultivation of the encapsulated cells in the fixed bed bioreactor system offered vitalities and adipogenic differentiation similar to well-mixed suspension cultures.

Keywords: Adipogenic differentiation, alginate, disposable fixed bed reactor, mesenchymal stem cells, oxygen measurement, syringe..

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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2007
Volume: 1
First Page: 64
Last Page: 70
Publisher Id: TOBEJ-1-64
DOI: 10.2174/1874120700701010064

Article History:

Received Date: 1/8/2007
Revision Received Date: 12/10/2007
Acceptance Date: 12/10/2007
Electronic publication date: 29/10/2007
Collection year: 2007

2007 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.

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