Protocol for Primary Mouse Hepatocyte Isolation

Meital Charni-Natan, Ido Goldstein*

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Primary hepatocytes are a vital tool in various biomedical research disciplines, serving as an ex vivo model for liver physiology. Obtaining high yields of viable primary mouse hepatocytes is technically challenging, limiting their use. Here, we present an improved protocol based on the classic two-step collagenase perfusion technique. The liver is washed by perfusion, hepatocytes are dissociated by collagenase, separated from other cells, and cultured. This protocol was optimized to significantly reduce procedure duration and improve hepatocyte yield and viability.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number100086
JournalSTAR Protocols
Issue number2
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2020

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