It has been demonstrated that plasma from patients with fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) interferes extensively with cellular function. We placed primary human and primary porcine hepatocytes in a polyurethane foam (PUF)/spheroid culture system and compared the metabolic functions in the plasma of patients with FHF in a 24-h stationary culture to those in a monolayer culture. The PUF/spheroid culture system using primary human and primary porcine hepatocytes significantly decreased ammonia content during 28-day culture. Fisher's ratio significantly increased at culture days 3 and 7. Tauroursodeoxycholic acid significantly increased and glycochenodeoxycholic acid and taurochenodeoxycholic acid decreased in the FHF patients' plasma at culture day 3. During at least a 24-h culture in the FHF patients' plasma, metabolic functions of primary human and primary porcine hepatocytes were almost identical. The present results indicate that the PUF/spheroid culture system using primary human or primary porcine hepatocytes demonstrated more advantageous metabolic functions in the plasma from patients with FHF than the monolayer culture.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cell Biology