Takafumi Ishida succeeds primate cell repository in cell bank

Report 2013: Part 1 - 08

Professor Takafumi Ishida, Graduate school of Science University of Tokyo, reported brief history of primate cell repository to preserve in a cell bank.

The established primate cell lines / lineages can be precious resources for many fields of biological research.

Although the most researchers have used simian virus 40 (SV40) as immortalizer in their process, he tried human lymphocryptovirus (HHV-4; EBV) in his way of B-lymphocytes repository.

It resulted in success not only in apes and some species of new world monkeys, as all researchers know, but also in colobus and patas monkeys.

For T-lymphocyte cell lines, T-lymphotropic virus type 1 and simian T-lymphotropic virus type 1 worked effective to immortalize the cells from the most species of non-human primates.