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A unique and biorelevant cell culture system for robust expansion, maintenance and subsequent differentiation of human primary cell lines.

Biolaminin Key Advantages

Laminins are essential for cells in the body and therefore, they make a real difference in the cell functionality of ex vivo cell cultures. Biolaminin products offer a biologically relevant matrix that mimics the authentic ECM-cell interaction.

Biolaminin products are fully defined which enables reproducible results and credible conclusions. The products give uniformed pluripotency gene expression patterns between different cell lines.

Adding a biorelevant Biolaminin in your cell culture system results in more efficient differentiation, enhanced cell maturation, cell polarization, and organization of specialized cell types, such as hepatocytes, cardiomyocytes, and neurons.

Biolaminin products are scientifically proven to increase cell proliferation rate with maintained genetic integrity and stemness, and facilitate the use of low passage cell lines for the production of clinically relevant cell numbers of differentiated cell types.

The products are defined and animal-origin free, making them ideal components for basic research and all the way to clinical applications (Cell Therapy Grade). Certificate of Analysis, Animal Origin Free statement, and Material Safety Data Sheet are available for all products.

Biolaminin matrices enable scientific progress

Whether for disease modeling or preparing cells for clinical use, you need a cell culture system that mimics the in vivo environment as much as possible to achieve high quality cell products. This is where biorelevant, full-length Biolaminin® proteins come into play. Laminins are important extracellular matrix proteins that surround cells in the body, and the effectiveness of the Biolaminin isoforms has been shown in a multitude of publications. Take a look at these scientific innovations by our customers.

Laminin Biology

Laminins are key proteins in the basement membrane

Laminins are a large family (at least 16 different isoforms ex­pressed in mammals) of conserved, multidomain glycopro­teins comprising the extracellular matrix. They are a major component of the basal lamina, a protein network that is the foundation for most cells and tissues. Laminins have an important biologically active role and are vital for the maintenance and survival of tissues and, importantly, most lamin­ins exhibit high cell-type specificity. With­out the right combination of laminin isoforms, cells and tissues become dysfunctional.

Each laminin isoform consists of three inter-coiled chains -an α, β, and γ chain – that exist in five, four, and three genetically distinct variants, respectively. The laminin isoforms are named according to their chain composition. For example, a combination of an α5 chain, a β2 chain, and a γ1 chain, forms laminin 5-2-1 (LN521). The trimeric proteins form a cross-like structure that can bind to other extracellular matrix molecules and various cell membrane receptors.

Tissue-specific culture substrates for improved cell functionality

In the body, cells reside in highly specialized, chemo-and mech­anosensitive microenvironments, or “niches”, which serve to protect and maintain the cells and to respond to the needs of the surrounding tissue. α5 chain laminins (511 and 521) are the key cell adhesion proteins of the natural Laminin expression in the blastocyst stem cell niche, expressed and secreted by the embryonic stem cells of the embryo’s inner cell mass. The Biolaminin 521 cell culture substrate thus recapit­ulates the most biologically relevant milieu for hESCs and iPSCs cultured in vitro and is a critical autocrine and paracrine factor for regulating survival and self-renewal. Tissue-specific laminin iso­forms can also be used for robust differentiation of specialized cell types, such as hepatocytes, skeletal muscle cells, and various neural cells.

Each laminin isoform consists of three inter-coiled chains -an α, β, and γ chain – that exist in five, four, and three genetically distinct variants, respectively. The laminin isoforms are named according to their chain composition. For example, a combination of an α5 chain, a β2 chain, and a γ1 chain, forms laminin 5-2-1 (LN521). The trimeric proteins form a cross-like structure that can bind to other extracellular matrix molecules and various cell membrane receptors.

Only the intact, full-length laminin molecules can replicate the biologically relevant conditions

There are many binding motifs on the full-length laminin molecule that can interact with cell membrane receptors. It has been suggested that the molecular mechanism underlying the laminin-mediated signaling involves the C-terminal region of laminins but integrins and other cellular receptors also interact with some of the N-terminal globular domains. Laminins are also capable of co-signaling with growth factors and efficiently buffer endogenously produced growth factors, thereby adding to the mechanistic complexity. Via binding to specific cellular receptors, laminins regulate cellular responses, such as cell anchorage, survival, proliferation, migration, organization and specialization, leading to improved cell functionality.

The extracellular microinvironment

Stem cells are influenced by the coordinated interaction of soluble factors, extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, and signals from neighboring cells. This multifaceted cell-ECM communication takes place through both integrin and non-integrin membrane-bound receptors and induces complex intracellular signaling pathways with subsequent effects on survival, self-renewal, migration, morphogenesis, and differentiation.

Using laminins from basic research to clinical studies

BioLamina offers an expansive portfolio of defined, animal origin-free, recombinant laminin cell culture substrates, Biolaminin®, for a variety of applications in 2D and 3D, including a reliable expansion of human pluripotent stem cells (hESC and iPSC) and differentiation and maintenance of different specialized cell types, such as hepatocytes, skeletal muscle cells, and different neural cells. The Biolaminin substrates allow you to imitate the natural cell-matrix interactions in vitro. The authentic cell culture environment gives more consistent and reliable cellular responses and improves cell functionality. Biolaminin substrates are the only original full length, recombinant laminins on the market. A fractionated or truncated laminin molecule or laminins isolated from tissue lack many of the laminin domains which are needed by the cells for the proper extracellular network to form and to stimulate correct cellular signal transductions. Hence, only the intact, full-length laminins can create a more authentic cell culture environment.

Our range of Biolaminin matrices are tailored to take you from reproducible research to cell therapy development. They are defined, animal origin free and documented to comply even with strict regulatory requirements. The beneficial effects of our products for primary cell culture will help you in scaling up cell production and enhancing your cell models.

  • Biolaminin LN is animal origin-free to the primary level
  • Biolaminin MX is animal origin-free to the secondary level
  • Biolaminin CTG is animal origin-free to the secondary level and designed for clinical studies

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