Creation and characterization of an immortalized canine myoblast cell line: Myok9.
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The availability of an in vitro canine cell line would reduce the need for dogs for primary in vitro cell culture and reduce overall cost in pre-clinical studies. An immortalized canine muscle cell line, named Myok9, from primary myoblasts of a normal dog has been developed by the authors. Immortalization was performed by SV40 viral transfection of the large T antigen into the primary muscle cells. Proliferation assays, growth curves, quantitative PCR, western blotting, mass spectrometry, and light microscopy were performed to characterize the MyoK9 cell line at different stages of growth and differentiation. The expression of muscle-related genes was determined to assess myogenic origin. Myok9 cells expressed dystrophin and other muscle-specific proteins during differentiation, as detected with mass spectrometry and western blotting. Using the Myok9 cell line, new therapies before moving to pre-clinical studies to enhance the number and speed of analyses and reduce the cost of early experimentation can be tested now. This cell line will be made available to the research community to further evaluate potential therapeutics.