Critical Reagents That Support Fetal Hematopoiesis

Period of Performance: 03/01/1993 - 08/31/1993


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Quality Biological, Inc.
7581 Lindbergh Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Principal Investigator


The overall goal of this project is to develop serum-free medium for the proliferation and/or differentiation of fetal liver, spleen and bone marrow. The culture system will be comprised of serum-free medium and various cytokines. Serum-free medium will allow the direct effect the cytokines have on the fetal hematopoietic cells free of the extraneous components found in fetal bovine serum. Such an in vitro system will be valuable in assessing the changes in fetal blood populations during ontogeny. Fetal sheep will be used in these studies because of the well defined sequence of events in maturation of the blood system. In sheep the liver is hematopoietic from day 20 to gestation, spleen from day 50 and bone marrow at about 70 days of gestation. Cells isolated from these tissues at various times will be placed in liquid culture containing serum-free medium and various cytokines. From these cultures cells will be removed, at different times, placed in soft-agar assays containing various cytokines and evaluated for colony formation (CFU-Mix, CFU-GM, and BFU-E). Also cells from the fetal tissue will be placed immediately into soft-agar assay containing various cytokines and evaluated for the different types of colony formation. Such an approach will allow the characterization of the fetal hematopoietic populations during ontogeny.