Overview of Advantages and Disadvantages of Primary Cells


Primary cells are derived from tissue and not modified, so they are more similar to the in vivo state and exhibit normal physiology. Therefore, they provide excellent systems models to study the normal physiology and biochemistry of cells, and the effects of drugs and toxic compounds on cells. The primary cells have a limited lifespan and will undergo a limited number of cell divisions before entering senescence. Common primary cell types include epithelial cells, endothelial cells, fibroblasts, keratinocytes, neurons, melanocytes, astrocytes, chondrocytes, adipocytes, smooth muscle cells, osteoblasts, hepatocytes, etc. Primary culture is the cell culture system that is formed by culture cells directly obtained from tissue.





The use of primary cells for research reduces the need for animal experiments, thus eliminating the ethical objections associated with them.

Primary cells take more time to grow than other cell lines and have limited growth potential even under optimal growth conditions.

The use of primary cells directly from human donors yields more reliable and relevant results and is more closely related to the in vivo biology of cells.

Cells derived from various donors behave differently from the same stimuli, like pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Primary cells are cost-effective because they contribute to reducing the expenditure on animal models needed for in vivo studies.

The tissue culture may not be always possible. The characteristics of the primary cells can change with each subsequent passing if optimal culture conditions are not maintained.

With the cultivation of human primary cells, allows experiments on human tissues which otherwise could not have been done in vivo.

The cost of isolation and culture of human primary cells is often high though cheaper that animal models.

Table 1 Overview of characteristics of primary cells

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