In vitro reprogramming of pancreatic cells to hepatocytes

Daniel Eberhard, Kathy O’Neill, Zoe D Burke, David Tosh

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Transdifferentiation is defined as the conversion of one cell type to another. One well-documented example of transdifferentiation is the conversion of pancreatic cells to hepatocytes. Here we describe a robust in vitro model to study pancreas to liver transdifferentiation. It is based on the addition of the synthetic glucocorticoid dexamethasone to the rat pancreatic exocrine cell line AR42J. Following glucocorticoid treatment, cells resembling hepatocytes arc induced. Transdifferentiated hepatocytes express many of the properties of bona fide hepatocytcs, e.g. production of albumin and ability to respond to xenobiotics. These hepatocytes can be used for studying liver function in vitro as well as studying the molecular basis of transdifferentiation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCellular Programming and Reprogramming: Methods and Protocols
EditorsS Ding
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781607616900
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press


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