VitroGel® MSC

ready-to-use, xeno-free (animal origin-free) hydrogel system for mesenchymal stem cell 3D culture and scale-up

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Overview

VitroGel® MSC is a xeno-free (animal origin-free) hydrogel system developed to support three-dimensional (3D) cultures of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).  This hydrogel system can be used to make hydrogel cell beads for MSC scale-up.  Microcarriers are not required for MSC scale-up.

VitroGel MSC is ready-to-use with an optimized formulation that fully supports the rapid expansion of MSCs. Cells directly thawed from liquid nitrogen or passaged from 2D culture vessels can be immediately mixed with the hydrogel solution for 3D culture or hydrogel-cell bead generation. This hydrogel system is compatible with most MSC culture media and tissue culture vessels. By using the VitroGel Cell Recovery Solution, the cell harvesting after 3D culture is simple and effective.

3D cell culture process in 20 min – “Just add cells”

VitroGel MSC is ready-to-use. Just mix with your cells.

MSC 3D scale-up process in 20 min – Hydrogel-cell bead formation

VitroGel MSC is ready-to-use. Just mix with your cells and add as droplets.

Specifications

FormulationXeno-free, functional hydrogel
Use3D cell culture, 2D hydrogel coating, hydrogel-cell bead formation
OperationReady-to-use at room temperature
BiocompatibilityBiocompatible, safe for animal studies
InjectionInjectable hydrogel for in vivo studies and lab automation
Cell HarvestingEasy cell recovery using VitroGel Cell Recovery Solution
pHNeutral
StorageStore at 2-8°C. Ships at ambient temperature
Sizes10 mL and 2 mL
Number of Uses (10 mL) 300 uses
(2 mL) 60 uses

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Recover cells from the hydrogel in 20 minutes with high cell viability. Enzyme-free system.

VitroGel Cell Recovery Solution

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Video Protocols & Demonstrations

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MSC 3D Cell Culture

Figure 1. 3D culture of MSC in VitroGel MSC.
MSC cells were suspended in cell medium at 8 x 105 cells/mL and mixed with VitroGel MSC for 3D culture (according to the 3D cell culture protocols of VHM03). The images show the growth and expansion of cells inside of 3D hydrogel from day 0 to day 7.

MSC Cells 3D Culturing In Hydrogel Beads

Figure 2. 3D culture of MSC in hydrogel beads.
MSCs were mixed with VitroGel MSC and add to the cell culture medium as droplets for hydrogel-cell bead formation (according to the hydrogel-cell bead protocols of VHM03). The size of the hydrogel beads can be controlled by the volume of the droplets. MSC cells can grow within the hydrogel beads for long term culture (> 3 weeks). The images show the growth and expansion of cells inside of hydrogel beads from day 0 to day 11. The enlarged images show the cells grew from single cells to cell spheroid and matrix structure from day 0 to day 11

Figure 3. Live/dead assay of MSCs cultured in VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads.
MSCs cultured in hydrogel beads for 11 days were stained with Cyto3DTM Live/Dead Assay Kit (Cat# BM01). The live cells are shown in green color and dead cells are shown in orange color. The images show cells cultured in VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads perform with high cell viability.  The videos present the z-stack images of transmitted light (TL) and live/dead fluorescent images, and the 3D reconstructed image of the hydrogel-MSC bead.

Figure 4. Immunofluorescent images of MSCs cultured in VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads. 
MSCs cultured in hydrogel beads were collected by centrifuging and stained with MSC biomarker CD73, CD90 and CD105. The images show cells cultured in VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads presented all three biomarkers, which indicate the full characters of mesenchymal stem cells in 3D hydrogel-MSC beads.

Figure 5. Immunofluorescent images of MSCs after harvesting from VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads.
MSCs cultured in hydrogel beads for 8 days (A) and then harvested from the hydrogel by using VitroGel Cell Recovery Solution (check cell recovery protocol for details). Cells were then collected by centrifuging, seeded to glass-bottom tissue culture plate and stained with MSC biomarker CD73, CD90 and CD105. The images show that cells recovered from VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads present all three biomarkers, which indicate the full characters of mesenchymal stem cells in 3D hydrogel-MSC beads.

Figure 6.  Differentiation of MSCs cultured in VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads.
MSCs were cultured in hydrogel beads for 7 days. The hydrogel-MSC beads were collected by centrifuging and resuspended in osteogenesis, chondrogenesis and adipogenesis differentiation media, respectively. Cells were differentiated for three weeks. The differentiated cells were collected and stained with alizarin red, alcian blue and oil red, respectively. The images show cells cultured in VitroGel MSC hydrogel beads can be successfully differentiated into osteocytes, chondrocytes, and adipocytes.

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Size

2 mL, 10 mL