Cell of the Month: Cells in a 3D Spheroid

Cell of the Month: Cells in a 3D Spheroid

Spheroids have been used in cell culture for decades. In the 1980s, different types of human cancer cells –normally grown as monolayers or suspension cultures–were tested for their innate abilities to form and grow as spheroids in vitro (1). 16 out of 27...
Cell of the Month: Vascular Endothelial Cells

Cell of the Month: Vascular Endothelial Cells

Vascular endothelium is a thin monolayer of cells that constitute the lining of blood vessels and organs (1-3). A hallmark of many diseases (e.g., cancer, diabetes mellitus, viral infections, etc) is highlighted in the dysfunctional states of the vascular endothelium....
Cell of the Month: Cardiomyocytes

Cell of the Month: Cardiomyocytes

Cardiomyocytes are cardiac muscle cells. They are terminally differentiated and facilitate contractile forces (“beatings”) of the heart. Grown in vitro as a monolayer sheath, cardiomyocytes are connected by gap junction proteins that help synchronize...
Cell of the Month: CD34+ Cells

Cell of the Month: CD34+ Cells

Welcome back to our cell of the month series. This time we’re talking about CD34+ cells, a type of undifferentiated multipotent hematopoetic stem cell (HSC) with the potential to differentiate into almost any other blood cell type under specific conditions. As stem...
Cell of the Month: The Kidney

Cell of the Month: The Kidney

Most of us will remember from high school biology class that kidneys comprise part of the excretory system and function in toxin removal, maintaining electrolyte homeostasis and regulating the body’s acid-base balance. Beyond this, proper kidney function is also...
Cell of the Month: Osteoblasts

Cell of the Month: Osteoblasts

Cell of The Month: Osteoblasts Osteoblasts, often referred to as bone-forming cells, are specialized and terminally differentiated products of mesenchymal stem cells whose major function is to synthesize bone in a process known as osteogenesis. Osteogenesis During...