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Human Chondrocytes - Osteoarthritis: HC-OA, adult

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Related Categories Cell Culture, Chondrocytes, Primary Cell Culture, Primary Cells
Quality Level   100
biological source   human articular cartilage (osteoarthritic)
packaging   pkg of 500,000 cells
growth mode   Adherent
karyotype   2n = 46
morphology   chondrocyte
application(s)   cell culture | mammalian: suitable
relevant disease(s)   arthritis
shipped in   dry ice
storage temp.   −196°C


General description

HC-OA Human Chondrocytes are derived from human articular cartilage of donors with osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory disease characterized by increased degradation of cartilage tissue in the joint due to overproduction of enzymes degrading the extracellular matrix. Despite the initial proliferation and activation of chondrocytes, they are not able to efficiently repair the degrading cartilage. Instead, chondrocytes undergo terminal differentiation and eventually apoptose, leading to mineralization of cartilage in a process resembling bone formation during development. Thus, HC-OA provide a useful model to study changes in chondrocyte biology in response to abnormal environment of the OA joint.

Characterization: Positive for aggrecan after differentiation.

HC-OA have been used to demonstrate that THF-alpha activates transcription of ADAMTS-4, a metalloproteinase implicated in cartilage degradation in OA, via p38-MAPK-dependent mechanism (Xue, 2013).

Cell Line Origin



model for studying chondrocyte biology in an osteoarthritis joint


Basal Medium containing 10% FBS & 10% DMSO

Preparation Note

• 1st passage, >500,000 cells in Basal Medium containing 10% FBS & 10% DMSO
• Can be cultured at least 10 doublings

Subculture Routine

Please refer to the HC-OA Culture Protocol.

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

NONH for all modes of transport


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Human Chondrocytes Osteoarthritis (HC-OA) Culture Protocol

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