This work was supported by the Medical Research Council.
Studies on the In Vitro Culture of Murine Fetal Thymus: Effect of Factors Promoting Epithelial Growth*
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2013
American Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Volume 1, Issue 3, pages 129–139, July 1981
How to Cite
GARLAND, J. M. and DEXTER, T. M. (1981), Studies on the In Vitro Culture of Murine Fetal Thymus: Effect of Factors Promoting Epithelial Growth. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 1: 129–139. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0897.1981.tb00145.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2013
- Accepted: 1/7/81
- Fetal thymus;
- epithelial cells;
- ciliated cells;
- epidermal/fibroblast growth factors;
ABSTRACT: Fourteen-day fetal thymus was grown in organ culture under conditions reportedly optimizing epidermal/epithelial cell growth. While the fibroblastoid component is stimulated by epidermal growth factor and fibroblastoid growth factor, embryonic thymic epithelial cells do not grow significantly under any conditions, although they persist in organ explants. The major cell types cultured are fibroblastoid and macrophage. In organ explant cultures, epithelial cells appear to be oriented by the presence of a cell coat demonstrated by electron microscopy. This coat is absent from certain ciliated cells consistently found in deeper regions of the explant. Using amniotic fluid as a growth factor, almost pure cultures of thymic macrophages can be obtained.