Commercialization of Human Visceral Adipocytes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43DK065323-01
Agency Tracking Number: DK065323
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
ZEN-BIO, INC., BOX 13888, 3200 CHAPEL HILL-NELSON BLVD, DURHAM, NC, 27709
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 YOLANDA LEACURRIE
 (919) 547-0692
 RENEE@ZEN-BIO.COM
Business Contact
Phone: (919) 547-0692
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The US is experiencing an epidemic rise in obesity [1] and related co-morbidities, such as type 2 diabetes. Epidemiological studies demonstrate that these co-morbidities are specifically correlated with visceral (intra-abdominal) fat deposition. To elucidate this association, an ideal model, human visceral adipocytes, must be made available to researchers. Zen-Bio, Inc. will address this need by developing a characterized, commercially accessible source of cultured human visceral preadipocytes. Preliminary data indicate that visceral preadipocytes are distinct from subcutaneous adipocytes, requiring individualized culturing techniques. Aim 1 of this proposal will seek to maximize visceral preadipocyte recovery from small solid tissue samples by improving mechanical and enzymatic dissolution of tissue and removal of contaminating cell types. Aim 2 will focus on expansion of the visceral preadipocytes to at least 20 million cells by developing growth factor cocktails and determining optimal seeding densities. Aim 3 will assess two parameters, advanced age of a donor or increased time post-mortem, for negative impact on total cell recovery, viability and/or growth characteristics. This Phase I SBIR concentrates on developing specialized techniques needed for culture of visceral preadipocytes. In Phase II we will focus on differentiating these cells into mature visceral adipocytes, followed by optimization of cell-based assays to effectively utilize these cells.

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