A new extensively characterised conditionally immortal muscle cell-line for investigating therapeutic strategies in muscular dystrophies

PLoS One. 2011;6(9):e24826. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024826. Epub 2011 Sep 14.


A new conditionally immortal satellite cell-derived cell-line, H2K 2B4, was generated from the H2K(b)-tsA58 immortomouse. Under permissive conditions H2K 2B4 cells terminally differentiate in vitro to form uniform myotubes with a myogenic protein profile comparable with freshly isolated satellite cells. Following engraftment into immunodeficient dystrophin-deficient mice, H2K 2B4 cells regenerated host muscle with donor derived myofibres that persisted for at least 24 weeks, without forming tumours. These cells were readily transfectable using both retrovirus and the non-viral transfection methods and importantly upon transplantation, were able to reconstitute the satellite cell niche with functional donor derived satellite cells. Finally using the Class II DNA transposon, Sleeping Beauty, we successfully integrated a reporter plasmid into the genome of H2K 2B4 cells without hindering the myogenic differentiation. Overall, these data suggest that H2K 2B4 cells represent a readily transfectable stable cell-line in which to investigate future stem cell based therapies for muscle disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Culture Techniques
  • Cell Line
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Muscle, Skeletal / cytology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism
  • Muscular Dystrophies / metabolism*
  • Satellite Cells, Skeletal Muscle / cytology
  • Satellite Cells, Skeletal Muscle / metabolism