Ex vivo

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Ex vivo brainstem: (A) coronal view displaying the anterior portion of the tissue sample, (B) sagittal view displaying the left-hand side of the tissue sample[1]

Ex vivo (Latin: "out of the living") literally means that which takes place outside an organism.[2] In science, ex vivo refers to experimentation or measurements done in or on tissue from an organism in an external environment with minimal alteration of natural conditions.[2]

A primary advantage of using ex vivo tissues is the ability to perform tests or measurements that would otherwise not be possible or ethical in living subjects. Tissues may be removed in many ways, including in part, as whole organs, or as larger organ systems.[citation needed]

Examples of ex vivo specimen use include:[citation needed]

Demonstration of isolation of choroid from the mouse eye[3]

The term ex vivo means that the samples to be tested have been extracted from the organism. The term in vitro (lit. "within the glass") means the samples to be tested are obtained from a repository. In the case of cancer cells, a strain that would produce favorable results, then grown to produce a control sample and the number of samples required for the number of tests. These two terms are not synonymous even though the testing in both cases is "within the glass".

In cell biology, ex vivo procedures often involve living cells or tissues taken from an organism and cultured in a laboratory apparatus, usually under sterile conditions with no alterations, for up to 24 hours to obtain sufficient cells for the experiments. Experiments generally start after 24 hours of incubation. Using living cells or tissue from the same organism are still considered to be ex vivo. One widely performed ex vivo study is the chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) assay. In this assay, angiogenesis is promoted on the CAM membrane of a chicken embryo outside the organism (chicken).[citation needed]

In situ lung function evaluation, and assessment of total lung capacity (TLC) and basal elastance after performing a recruitment maneuver[4]

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  1. ^ Ford, Anastasia A.; Colon-Perez, Luis; Triplett, William T.; Gullett, Joseph M.; Mareci, Thomas H.; Fitzgerald, David B. (2013). "Imaging White Matter in Human Brainstem". Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7: 400. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00400. PMC 3721683. PMID 23898254.
  2. ^ a b Gowing, Genevieve; Svendsen, Soshana; Svendsen, Clive N. (2017). "Ex vivo gene therapy for the treatment of neurological disorders". Functional Neural Transplantation IV - Translation to Clinical Application, Part A. Progress in Brain Research. Vol. 230. pp. 99–132. doi:10.1016/bs.pbr.2016.11.003. ISBN 9780128117385. PMID 28552237.
  3. ^ Shao, Zhuo; Friedlander, Mollie; Hurst, Christian G.; Cui, Zhenghao; Pei, Dorothy T.; Evans, Lucy P.; Juan, Aimee M.; Tahir, Houda; Duhamel, François; Chen, Jing; Sapieha, Przemyslaw; Chemtob, Sylvain; Joyal, Jean-Sébastien; Smith, Lois E. H. (2013). "Choroid Sprouting Assay: An Ex Vivo Model of Microvascular Angiogenesis". PLOS ONE. 8 (7): e69552. Bibcode:2013PLoSO...869552S. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069552. PMC 3724908. PMID 23922736. S2CID 466393.
  4. ^ Bassani, Giulia Alessandra; Lonati, Caterina; Brambilla, Daniela; Rapido, Francesca; Valenza, Franco; Gatti, Stefano (2016). "Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion in the Rat: Detailed Procedure and Videos". PLOS ONE. 11 (12): e0167898. Bibcode:2016PLoSO..1167898B. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0167898. PMC 5148015. PMID 27936178.