Neuronal characteristics of amniotic fluid derived cells after adenoviral transformation


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Efficient transformation of primary human amniocytes by E1 gene functions of human adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5) yield in stable cell lines, which exhibit morphological features of epithelial like cells. A thorough investigation using immunocytochemistry confirmed the expression of epithelial cell markers. The analysis also revealed the expression of neuronal and glial marker proteins, such as nestin, vimentin, A2B5 and GFAP. Using RT-PCR, transcripts of the neurotrophic factors nerve growth factor (NGF), brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glial cell line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), and neurotrophin 3 (NT-3) could be detected. Neurotrophic factors could also be detected in the cell culture supernatants of transformed amniocytes. In line with previous experimental data on a human Ad5 E1-transformed embryonal kidney cell line (HEK-293), the results suggest a co-expression of epithelial and neuronal marker proteins in E1-transformed human amniotic fluid derived cells and thus a preferential transformation into neuronal-like cells.