Replication of Human Endothelial Cells in Culture

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Science  03 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4098, pp. 453-454
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4098.453


Investigative studies dealing with the properties and functions of endothelial cells have been hampered because there has been little or no success in the isolation, growth, and passage of individual cells in large numbers. We have developed a system whereby pure cultures of endothelial cells derived from umbilical veins can be subcultured for at least five serial passages. Many facets of endothelial function and interaction can be evaluated with the use of this new adaptive system of isolation and culture.