Culturing Satellite Cells From Living Single Muscle Fiber Explants

In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 1995 Nov;31(10):773-9. doi: 10.1007/BF02634119.


Conventional methods for isolating myogenic (satellite) cells are inadequate when only small quantities of muscle, the tissue in which satellite cells reside, are available. We have developed a tissue culture system that reliably permits isolation of intact, living, single muscle fibers with associated satellite cells from predominantly fast and slow muscles of rat and mouse; maintenance of the isolated fibers in vitro; dissociation, proliferation, and differentiation of satellite cells from each fiber; and removal of the fiber from culture for analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Culture Techniques*
  • Cell Separation / methods
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Inbred mdx
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / cytology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar