(19)
(11)EP 2 811 011 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 13743029.4

(22)Date of filing:  28.01.2013
(51)Int. Cl.: 
C12M 1/00  (2006.01)
C12M 1/04  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2013/000410
(87)International publication number:
WO 2013/114845 (08.08.2013 Gazette  2013/32)

(54)

CELL CULTURE KIT, AND METHOD OF USING CELL CULTURE KIT

ZELLKULTURKIT UND VERFAHREN ZUR VERWENDUNG DES ZELLKULTURKITS

KIT DE CULTURE CELLULAIRE ET SON PROCÉDÉ D'UTILISATION


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 01.02.2012 JP 2012019559

(43)Date of publication of application:
10.12.2014 Bulletin 2014/50

(73)Proprietor: Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd.
Shinagawa-ku Tokyo 141-8627 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • TANAKA, Satoshi
    Yokohama-shi Kanagawa 240-0062 (JP)
  • TOTANI, Takahiko
    Yokohama-shi Kanagawa 240-0062 (JP)
  • ISHIZAKI, Yoichi
    Yokohama-shi Kanagawa 240-0062 (JP)

(74)Representative: Schmitz, Joseph 
Isler & Pedrazzini AG Giesshübelstrasse 45 Postfach 1772
8027 Zürich
8027 Zürich (CH)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 1 978 089
JP-A- S63 503 201
JP-A- 2004 073 084
JP-A- 2006 262 876
JP-A- 2007 295 827
WO-A1-2011/142670
JP-A- 2004 008 111
JP-A- 2004 073 084
JP-A- 2007 175 028
JP-A- 2008 048 644
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field



    [0001] The present invention relates to a kit for cell culture (hereinafter abbreviated as "cell culture kit") for use in an automatic cell culture device whereby cell cultivation is conducted by using a culture container and a method for using the same.

    Background Art



    [0002] In recent years, in the fields of production of medicines, gene therapy, regenerative medicine, immunotherapy or the like, there has been a demand for cultivating a large amount of cells, tissues, microorganisms or the like efficiently in an artificial environment.

    [0003] In such cultivation of a large amount of cells, an automatic cell culture device wherein cell culture is automatically conducted by using a culture container can preferably be used.

    [0004] When using an automatic cell culture device, it is important to use it in a closed system in order to suppress the risk of contamination. However, a cell culture kit that enables automatic culture that includes a process from injection of cells, addition of a culture medium, sampling to collection while keeping a closed system was not available so far.

    Related Art Document


    Patent Document



    [0005] Patent Document 1: WO2007/052716 EP1 978 089 and JP 2007/295827

    Summary of the Invention


    Problems to be Solved by the Invention



    [0006] That is, up to date, several automatic cell culture devices were proposed, and also a container kit for use in this device was proposed. However, a cell culture kit that can execute easily a process from injection of cells, addition of a culture medium, sampling to collection, that is required when used in clinical stages, while keeping a closed system in the kit was not present.

    [0007] Specifically, as the automatic cell culture device for conducting automatic cell culture using a culture container, the cell culture device disclosed in Patent Document 1 can be given, for example. In this device, a culture medium storage means, a culture container for developing functions and a culture container for proliferation are configured as a closed system (see claim 7). However, in this cell culture device, for exchanging a waste liquid bag for a cell collection bag, no configuration capable of keeping a closed system is provided and it is considered that, in this device, exchange of a waste liquid bag for a cell collection bag is conducted in an open system. Other automated cell culture devices having a similar configuration are disclosed in EP 1 978 089 and JP 2007/295827.

    [0008] Other than the device, no cell culture kit has been found that enables a process from injection of cells to collection of cells to be realized while keeping a closed system in the kit.

    [0009] Further, when using an automatic cell culture device, a culture medium storage container in a cell culture kit is often refrigerated. However, if a culture medium that is refrigerated is directly supplied from a cell culture storage container to a culture container, a problem occurs that the temperature of a culture medium in a culture container is lowered, and as a result, proliferation of cells is deteriorated.

    [0010] In addition, a refrigerated culture medium has a high solubility for a gas, and hence, a large amount of carbon gas or oxygen is dissolved therein. If such a medium is transferred to a culture container and heated, a problem arises that air bubbles are generated in a culture container since the solubility for a gas is lowered with an increase in liquid temperature. Air bubbles generated in a culture container are finely foamed when stirring the inside of the container, thereby adversely affecting cells. Further, there is also a problem that, due to air bubbles, the inside of a container cannot be seen clearly, resulting in difficulty in observation.

    [0011] In order to solve these problems, one of conceivable measures is to heat a culture medium storage container itself. However, if a culture medium is heated for a long period of time, proliferation efficiency of cells is lowered. Therefore, if possible, it is desirable to refrigerate a culture medium until immediately before cultivation.

    [0012] The present invention has been made in view of the above-mentioned circumstances, and one object thereof is to provide a cell culture kit that enables, in cell culture using a cell culture container, a process from cell injection, addition of a culture medium, sampling to collection to be conducted automatically in a kit while keeping a closed system.

    Means for Solving the Problems



    [0013] In order attain the above-mentioned object, the present invention provides a cell culture kit for cultivating cells in a closed system and a method of using it as defined in the appended claims.

    Advantageous Effects of the Invention



    [0014]  In the cell culture using a culture container, a process from injection of cells, addition of a culture medium, sampling to collection can be conducted while keeping a closed system in the kit.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0015] 

    FIG. 1 is a view showing a configuration of a cell culture kit according to the first embodiment (1 port-configuration) of the present invention;

    FIG. 2 is a view showing a configuration of a cell culture kit according to the second embodiment (2 port-configuration) of the present invention;

    FIG. 3 is a view showing a configuration of a cell culture kit according to the third embodiment (3 port-configuration) of the present invention;

    FIG. 4 is a view showing a configuration of a cell culture kit according to the fourth embodiment (1 port-configuration) of the present invention;

    FIG. 5 is a view showing a configuration of a cell culture kit according to the fourth embodiment (2 port-configuration) of the present invention; and

    FIG. 6 is a view showing a configuration of a cell culture kit according to the fourth embodiment (3 port-configuration) of the present invention.


    Examples of cell culture kits according to the disclosure



    [0016] Preferred configurations of the cell culture kit will be explained with reference to the drawings.

    [First example]



    [0017] FIG. 1 is a view showing a first configuration of the cell culture kit.

    [0018] The cell culture kit is provided with a culture container 10, a culture medium storage container 20, a cell injection container 30 and a cell collecting container 40. It is preferred that the kit be provided with a sampling container 50.

    [0019] The culture container is a container made of a flexible material and formed in a bag. In this container, a culture medium (culture liquid) is placed, and cells to be cultivated are disseminated therein for cultivation of a large amount of cells.

    [0020] The culture container 10 is required to have gas permeability that is required for cultivation of cells. Specifically, it is preferred that the culture container 10 have an oxygen transparency of 5000 ml/m2·day·atm (37°C-80%RH) or more.

    [0021] In order to allow the contents to be visible, it is preferred that all or part of the culture container 10 have transparency. In FIG. 1, an observation frame 11 is provided on the culture container 10. This frame serves to suppress generation of wrinkles and enables observation of the inside of the bag to be conducted easily.

    [0022] Further, in order to achieve a high cell proliferation efficiency, it is preferred that the culture container 10 have low cytotoxicity, low elution properties and radiation resistance.

    [0023] As the material of the culture container 10 that satisfies these conditions, a polyethylene-based resin is preferable. As the polyethylene-based resin, polyethylene, a copolymer of ethylene and α-olefin, a copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate, and an ionomer using a copolymer of ethylene and acrylic acid or methacrylic acid and a metal ion or the like can be given. Also, polyolefin, a styrene-based elastomer, a polyester-based thermoplastic elastomer, a silicone-based thermoplastic elastomer, a silicone resin or the like can also be used.

    [0024] The culture container 10 is provided with a port through which injection or collection of a culture medium or cells are conducted. No restrictions are imposed on the number of this port. However, as mentioned later, a culture container having one to three ports is preferably used.

    [0025] The culture medium storage container 20 is a container for accommodating a culture medium for cultivating cells to be transferred to the culture container 10. In order to prevent a great change in pH of the culture medium accommodated therein, it is preferred that the culture medium storage container 20 have gas barrier properties. Specifically, it is preferred that the culture medium storage container 20 have a carbon dioxide transmittance of 1000 ml/m2·day· atm (23°C-80%RH) or less. The reason therefor is as follows. It is desired that the amount of carbon dioxide leaking outside from the inside of the culture medium storage container 20 be suppressed as small as possible in order to eliminate escaping of a high-concentration carbon gas contained in a culture medium to the air, and to prevent lowering in carbon gas concentration in a culture medium and in an eventual increase in pH.

    [0026] It is preferred that the culture medium storage container 20 have at least two ports. To one of these ports, a conduit (tube) that is linked to the culture container 10 is connected. From this culture medium storage container 20, a fresh culture medium is transferred little by little to the culture container 10 in accordance with the degree of proliferation of cultured cells or the like. It is preferred that the culture medium storage container 20 in which the culture medium is sealed be stored in a refrigerator. Another port of the culture medium storage container 20 is a culture medium filling port 21 for supplying a culture medium from the outside of the cell culture kit of this embodiment to the culture medium storage container 20. Through an aseptic conjunction device or the like, a culture medium is filled from this culture medium filling port 21.

    [0027] The cell culture kit can be configured by using the culture medium storage container 20 provided with only one port. In this case, it is possible to transfer the culture medium from this port to the culture container 10 after filling a culture medium in the culture medium storage container 20.

    [0028] Further, the culture medium storage container 20 can be used as a waste liquid container after completion of cultivation. That is, prior to collection of cells from the culture container 10 to a cell collecting container 40, a supernatant of the culture medium is transferred to the culture medium storage device 20 serving as the waste liquid container. As a result, a concentrated suspension of cells can be transferred from the culture container 10 to the cell collecting container 40. The same can be applied to the second embodiment where no dedicated waste liquid container is used.

    [0029] In the cell culture kit it is possible to provide two or more of the culture medium storage containers 20. Due to such a configuration, not only twice the amount of the same culture medium can be stored but also, by storing different culture mediums in different storage containers, a culture medium can be supplied to the culture container 10 in various modes.

    [0030] A cell injection container 30 is a container in which cells and a culture medium that are required at the time of starting cultivation are accommodated. By transferring the contents in this container to the culture container 10, cultivation starts. It is preferred that the amount of cells and a culture medium to be put in the cell injection container 30 be about 250 ml in total. The amount is, however, not limited thereto.

    [0031] Further, since the cell injection container 30 is a container for accommodating cells and a culture medium, it is preferred that it have gas permeability as in the case of the culture container 10. In addition, it is preferred that the cell injection container 30 have low cytotoxicity, low elution properties or the like. Therefore, as the material of the cell injection container 30, it is preferable to use the same material as that of the cell culture 10.

    [0032] This cell injection container 30 is provided with at least one port. Cells and a culture medium at the time of starting cultivation are sent from the cell injection container 30 to the culture container 10 through this port.

    [0033] The cell collecting container 40 is a container for collecting part of cultured cells and a culture medium from the culture container 10 after cultivation. Therefore, it is preferred that the cell collecting container 40 have the same properties as those of the culture container 10. As the material therefor, it is preferable to use the same material as that of the culture container 10.

    [0034] The cell collecting container 40 is provided with at least one port. Part of cells and a culture medium are sent from the culture container 10 to the cell collecting container 40 through this port.

    [0035] The sampling container 50 is a container for conducting sampling. Specifically, during or after cultivation of cells, part of a suspension of cells in the culture container 10 is transferred to the sampling container 50 for sampling. As the amount of a sample to be transferred to the sampling container 50, about 10 ml is preferable, for example. The amount of a sample is not limited to thereto.

    [0036] The sampling container 50 is provided with two ports. One of these ports is connected to a conduit (tube) that is linked to the culture container 10, whereby a suspension of cells is sent from the culture container 10 to the sampling container 50. Another port is used for taking out part of a suspension of cells in the sampling container 50 for conducting various analyses. A configuration in which only one port is provided to conduct both sending and take-out or a configuration in which three or more ports are provided to conduct sending and take-out a plurality of times can be possible.

    [0037] Next, an explanation will be made on a conduit that connects containers in the cell culture kit.

    [0038] As the materials of these conduits, it is desirable to select an appropriate one depending on the intended use. For example, a silicone resin, soft vinyl chloride resins, polybutadiene resins, an ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, polyurethane-based thermoplastic elastomers, polyester-based thermoplastic elastomers, silicone-based thermoplastic elastomers, styrene-based elastomers such as SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene), SIS (styrene-isoprene-styrene), SEBS (styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene) and SEPS (styrene-ethylene-propylene-styrene), polyolefin resins, fluorine resins or the like can be used.

    [0039] In the cell culture kit, as roughly divided, two different types of conduits can be used.

    [0040] That is, a culture medium supplying tube for connecting the culture container 10 and the culture medium storage container 20, and a culture medium transferring tube that connects between combination of other containers.

    [0041] As the culture medium supplying tube for connecting the culture container 10 and the culture medium storage container 20, it is particularly preferable to use one made of a polyolefin resin or a silicone resin. As for the culture medium supplying tube, since it is used for transferring a culture medium to the culture container 10 little by little throughout the cultivation period, it is desirable to have especially excellent low cytotoxicity, low elution properties or the like. During the process of cultivation, it is not required to fuse this culture medium supplying tube. Taking these into consideration, it is preferred that the tube be made of the above-mentioned material.

    [0042] In FIG. 1, the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 is assumed to be made of such culture medium supplying tube. For example, a silicone tube having an inner diameter of 3.5 mm and an outer diameter of 6.0 mm can be preferably used.

    [0043] As for the culture medium transferring tube that connects between combinations of other containers, since it is not used to transfer a culture medium for a long period of time, a high degree of low cytotoxicity, low elution properties or the like are not required. In addition, by fusing the conduit, it is desirable to enable the cell injection container, the cell collecting container (waste liquid container) and the sampling container to be capable of being removed from the cell culture kit of this embodiment and to enable them to be used while keeping a closed system in the kit.

    [0044] As the culture medium transferring tube to be connected to these containers, it is preferable to use one in which at least one portion thereof is made of a thermoplastic resin. It is also possible that the entire culture medium transferring tube be formed of a thermoplastic resin.

    [0045] As the thermoplastic resin, a soft vinyl chloride resin can be used, for example. A usable resin is not restricted thereto.

    [0046] In FIG. 1, it is assumed that a cell injection container connecting tube 31, a cell collecting container connecting tube 41 and a sampling container connecting tube 51 are formed of such a culture medium transferring tube. For example, a vinyl chloride tube having an inner diameter of 3.3 mm and an outer diameter of 5.0 mm can preferably be used.

    [0047] To a port forming the culture medium filling port 21 for supplying a culture medium from the outside of the cell culture kit of this embodiment to the culture medium storage container 20, it is preferable to connect a tube made of a thermoplastic resin, in particular a tube formed of a soft vinyl chloride resin. The reason therefor is as follows. In the culture medium storage container 20, a culture medium is filled in this culture medium filling port 21 through an aseptic conjunction device. Currently, for connection to this aseptic conjunction device, a soft vinyl chloride resin is mainly used. For processing the tip of the tube, in addition to the two-stage seal of this embodiment, an element such as a luer connector, a needleless connector and a septum can be used.

    [0048] As shown in FIG. 1, this cell culture kit has a one-port configuration in which only one port is provided in the culture container 10.

    [0049] That is, in the cell culture kit a first port 12 is provided in the culture container 10, and to this first port 12, the culture medium storage container 20 is connected through the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22. Other containers are connected to this culture medium storage container connecting tube 22.

    [0050] That is, through the cell injection container connecting tube 31, the cell injection container 30 is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22. Further, through the cell collecting container connecting tube 41, the cell collecting container 40 is connected to the culture medium storage connecting tube 22. Further, through the sampling container connecting tube 51, the sampling container 50 is connected to the culture medium storage connecting tube 22. A tube pump is provided only in the culture medium storage connecting tube 22.

    [0051] Here, it is preferred that the cell injection containers 30 be connected to a position closer to the culture container 10 in the culture medium storage connecting tube 22. Due to such a configuration, it is possible that, when the culture medium is injected to the culture container 10 from the culture medium storage container 20 at the time of starting cultivation, it is possible to minimize entrance of air in the culture medium storage connecting tube 22 to the culture container 10.

    [0052] Specifically, at first, a culture medium is sent from the culture medium storage container 20 to the cell injection container 30, and the inside of a conduit connecting the culture medium storage container 20 and the cell injection container 30 is filled with the culture medium. At this time, the air present in the inside of the conduit is moved to the inside of the cell injection container 30. Subsequently, when cells and a culture medium are sent from the cell injection container 30 to the cell culture container 10, the air inside the cell injection container 30 is moved upward, whereby only cells and culture mediums can be sent from the cell injection container 30 to the cell culture container 10.

    [0053] Therefore, only air that is present in a region from a part close to the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 to which the cell injection container 30 is connected to the culture container 10 enters the culture container 10. As a result, in the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22, by allowing the cell injection container 30 to be connected to a position as closer as possible to the culture container 10, the amount of air sent to the culture container 10 can be minimized to a level that does not hinder observation or photographing of cells.

    [0054] Further, at least as for the culture medium storage container 20 and the cell injection container 30, it is preferred that they be configured such that they can be removable in the cell culture kit. The reason therefor is that, by this configuration, prior to use, a culture medium is filled in the culture medium storage container 20 and cells and a culture medium are filled in the cell injecting container 30, and they can be used in the state being connected to the cell culture kit at the time of use. It is preferred that the culture container 10, the cell collecting container 40, the sampling container 50 and tubes attaching thereto, etc. be integrally configured before use (at the time of production). A waste liquid container 60 (mentioned later) also can be integrally configured before use.

    [0055] Further, it is preferred that each tube be provided with a clip or an electromagnetic valve so that transfer of a culture medium or the like in each tube be controlled.

    [0056] In a joint portion in the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22, a luer connector (needleless connector) with a cap or a cover or the like can be used.

    [0057] In the cell culture kit a silicone tube is used for the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22, and a vinyl chloride tube is used for other tubes. According to need, a joint tube (for example, one having an inner diameter of 5.3 mm and an outer diameter of 7.0 mm) is used. The present invention is not restricted to such specific configurations.

    [0058] The cell culture kit can be used by the following method, for example.

    [0059] First, in the cell culture kit shown in FIG. 1, a connector in the culture medium storage connecting tube 22 of the culture medium storage container 20 filled with a culture medium is connected, and the cell injection container connecting tube 31 of the cell injection container 30 is connected by means of a connector.

    [0060] Then, from the culture medium storage container 20, through the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 and the cell injection connecting tube 31, a culture medium is transferred to the cell injection container 30. At this time, air in the part of the tube in which a culture medium has been transferred enters the cell injection container 30.

    [0061] Subsequently, cells and a culture medium are transferred from the cell injection container 30 to the culture container 10. At this time, by arranging the cell injection container 30 upright with the port directing downward to collect the air in the cell injection container 30 in the top portion, only cells and a culture medium can be transferred to the culture container 10 without sending air to the culture container 10.

    [0062] Subsequently, from the culture medium storage container 20, a culture medium is transferred to the culture container 10 through the culture medium container connecting tube 22. The timing at which cells and a culture medium are transferred from the cell injection container 30 to the culture container 10 is not limited to that mentioned above. For example, transfer can be conducted after part or all of the culture medium is transferred from the culture medium storage container 20 to the culture container 10.

    [0063] After a prescribed amount of a culture medium and cells are filled in the culture container 10, shaking or stirring is conducted appropriately, and then, cultivation of cells is conducted for a prescribed period of time. During cultivation of cells, by appropriately transferring a sample from the culture container 10 to the sampling container 50, the sample can be used for examination or analysis.

    [0064] After completion of cell culture for a prescribed period of time, cells are collected. At this time, the culture medium storage container 20 is used as a waste liquid container.

    [0065] That is, at first, the culture container 10 is brought into a state of rest to allow cells to settle in the lower part. Thereafter, a supernatant of a suspension of cells is transferred from the culture container 10 to the culture medium storage container 20. As a result, the suspension of cells in the culture container 10 can be concentrated, whereby the amount of the liquid to be transferred to the cell collecting container 40 can be reduced. Subsequently, the thus concentrated suspension of cells is collected from the culture container 10 to the cell collecting container 40.

    [0066] As mentioned above, by using this cell culture kit, cultivation of cells can be conducted in a closed system.

    [0067] As mentioned above, according to this cell culture kit, in the cultivation of cells by using a culture container, a process from injection of cells, addition of a culture medium, sampling to collection can be conducted automatically while keeping a closed system in the kit. Further, since the cell culture kit is of the one-port configuration, only one tube pump for sending a liquid is required, whereby simplification of an apparatus can be attained.

    [Second example]



    [0068] FIG. 2 is a view showing the configuration of the cell culture kit according to this example.

    [0069] This cell culture kit differs from that of the first example in that it is of a two-port configuration. In other points, it has the same configuration as that of the first embodiment. The cell culture kit be provided with a culture container 110, the culture medium storage container 20, the cell injection container 30 and the cell collecting container 40. It is preferred that the kit be provided with the sampling container 50.

    [0070] As shown in FIG. 2, the culture container 110 in the cell culture kit of this example is provided with a first port 112 and a second port 113.

    [0071] As in the first example, the first port 112 is connected to the culture medium storage container 20 is connected via the culture medium storage connecting tube 22. The second port 113 is connected to the cell collecting container 40 via the cell collecting container connecting tube 41. For each of the cell collecting container connecting tube 41 and the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22, a tube pump is used, and transfer of a culture medium and a suspension of cells are individually conducted.

    [0072] Further, the cell injection container 30 is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 via the cell injection container connecting tube 31. The sampling container 50 is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 via the sampling container connecting tube 51.

    [0073] The method for using this cell culture kit is the same as that of the first example until cultivation of cells is completed. At the time of collecting cells, without passing through the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22, a suspension of cells can be collected in the cell collecting container 40 by means of a tube pump through the second port 113 and the cell collecting container connecting tube 41.

    [0074] According this cell culture kit, as mentioned above, at the time of collecting cells, without using the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22, a suspension of cells can be collected from the culture container 110 in the cell collecting container 40 by means of a dedicated tube pump. Therefore, collection of cells can be conducted more efficiently. This configuration is one example of the two-port configuration. Instead of the cell collecting container 40, it is possible to connect the sampling container 50 via the second port 113 and the sampling container connecting tube 51.

    [Third example]



    [0075] FIG. 3 is a view showing the configuration of the cell culture kit of this example.

    [0076] This cell culture kit differs from that of the first example in that it is of a three-port configuration. In other points, it has the same configuration. That is, it is preferred that the cell culture kit be provided with a culture container 210, the culture medium storage container 20, the cell injection container 30, the cell collecting container 40 and a waste liquid container 60. The sampling container 50 is also preferably provided. Further, as the culture medium storage container 20, two containers, i.e. culture medium storage containers 20a and 20b, are provided.

    [0077] As shown in FIG. 3, the culture container 210 in the cell culture kit is provided with a first port 212, a second port 213 and a third port 214.

    [0078] In this configuration, this first port is connected to the sampling container 50 and the waste liquid container 60, respectively, via the sampling container connecting tube 51 and the waste liquid container connecting tube 61. Further, in a tube portion where these tubes are joined, a tube pump is used, and transfer of a suspension of cells to the sampling container 50 and transfer of a supernatant to the waste liquid container 60 are respectively conducted.

    [0079] The second port 213 is connected to the culture medium storage containers 20a and 20b via the culture medium storage container connecting tubes 22 (22a and 22b). By using a plurality of culture storage containers in this way, it is possible to transfer a combination of culture mediums having different compositions to the culture container 10. Further, it is also possible to vary the composition of a culture medium to be supplied and the timing of the supply or the like. A tube pump is used in the culture medium container connecting tube 22, transfer of a culture medium to the culture container 210 is conducted.

    [0080] The third port 214 is connected to the cell collecting container 40 via the culture medium collection container connecting tube 41, the cell collecting container 40. By means of the tube pump, a suspension of cells is transferred from the culture container 210 to the cell collecting container 40.

    [0081] The method for using the cell culture kit is the same as that of the first example until cultivation of cells starts. For the sake of a restricted space in the drawing, in FIG. 3, the cell injection container connecting tube 31 is connected to the middle of the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22. Actually, in order to prevent entering of air in the culture container 210, it is preferable to connect to a position close to the second port.

    [0082] During cultivation of cells, by appropriately transferring a sample from the culture container 210 to the sampling container 50, the sample can be used for examination or analysis.

    [0083] Further, after completion of cultivation of cells, a supernatant of a suspension of cells is transferred from the culture container 210 to the waste liquid container 60 via a waste liquid container connecting tube 61, whereby the suspension of cells in the culture container 210 can be concentrated. Finally, the thus concentrated suspension of cells is collected from the culture container 210 to the cell collecting container 40.

    [0084] According to this cell culture kit, a plurality of operations can be conducted simultaneously. In particular, even if a culture medium remains in the culture medium storage container 20 or the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22, it is possible to conduct sampling in the sampling container 50, and timing of supply of a culture medium and sampling can be adjusted flexibly.

    [Fourth example]



    [0085] FIGs. 4 to 6 are views showing the configuration of the cell culture kit of this example.

    [0086] The cell culture kit of this example is characterized in that, in addition to the previous configurations, it is provided with a temperature control container 70 for controlling the temperature of a culture medium and a temperature control container connecting tube 71. Other configurations are the same as those in the first to third examples.

    [0087] Hereinbelow, an explanation will be made with reference to FIG. 4 on the cell culture kit in which, to the cell culture kit of the first example, the temperature control container 70 and a temperature control container connecting tube 71 are added. The same can be applied to the temperature control container 70 and the temperature control container connecting tube 71 in FIGs. 5 and 6.

    [0088] The temperature control container 70 is a container for controlling the temperature of a culture medium by temporarily storing a culture medium to be transferred when transferring a culture medium from the culture medium storage container 20 to the culture container 10. No specific restrictions are imposed on the amount of a culture medium to be transferred, and it may be part or all of a culture medium in the culture medium storage container 20. When a plurality of culture medium storage containers 20 are provided in the cell culture kit and part of these culture medium storage containers 20 store various substances other than a culture medium, e.g. a physiologically active substance or cytokine, that are to be added to a culture medium in the culture medium 10 during cultivation, it is possible to heat these substances by the temperature control container 70. It is preferred that the container for the temperature control container 70 have gas barrier properties as in the case of the culture medium storage container 20.

    [0089] At least one port is provided in the temperature control container 70. The temperature control container connecting tube 71 is connected to the port. The temperature control container connecting tube 71 is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 that connects the culture medium storage container 20 and the culture container 10. That is, the temperature control container 70 is branched from the tube that connects the culture medium storage container 20 and the culture container 10, and is provided in the cell culture kit while keeping a closed system. The temperature control container connecting tube 71 and the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 may be integrally formed.

    [0090] The temperature control container 70 is preferably formed of a soft package material. It is also preferred that it have a configuration in which a ventilation is provided. If a culture medium is heated in the temperature control container 70, a gas that has been dissolved in the culture medium is escaped. At this time, by allowing the port of the temperature control container 70 to be directed downward, the gas can be collected in the upper part of the temperature control container 70, whereby only a culture medium can be sent to the culture container 10. As a result, it becomes possible to transfer a culture medium without mixing in of excessive air bubbles in the culture container 10.

    [0091] It is preferred that the temperature control container 70 be arranged inside the incubator where the culture container 10 is provided. In this case, it becomes possible to adjust the temperature of a culture medium inside the temperature control container 70 be the same temperature as that inside the culture container 10. As for the temperature, it can be 37°C, for example.

    [0092] Further, it is preferred that the temperature control container 70 be provided outside the incubator such that the temperature control container 70 be heated by a separate heating device to adjust the temperature of a culture medium inside the temperature control container 70. In this case, the temperature can be controlled to a range of 30 to 37°C, for example.

    [0093] In addition, by arranging the temperature control container 70 outside the incubator, and allowing it to stand without providing the heating device, it is possible to return the temperature of a culture medium inside the temperature control container 70 to normal temperature (room temperature).

    [0094] In the cell culture kit two or more temperature control containers 70 be provided. Due to such a configuration, it becomes possible to control the temperature of the twice or more the amount of a culture medium or other materials simultaneously.

    [0095] As for the temperature control container connecting tube 71, since it is used for transferring a culture medium to the culture container 10 little by little throughout the cultivation period, it is desirable to have especially excellent low cytotoxicity, low elution properties or the like, and it is not required to fuse it during the process of cultivation. Therefore, the temperature control container connecting tube 71 is preferably the same as that of the culture medium storage container connecting tube 22 that connects the culture container 10 and the culture medium storage container 20.

    [0096] As mentioned above, according to this cell culture kit, after heating a culture medium in a temperature control container in an amount required for transferring to a culture container, a culture medium can be then transferred to the culture container.

    [0097] As a result, the temperature of a culture medium in the culture container is not lowered, whereby hindering of proliferation of cells can be prevented.

    [0098] Since a culture medium can be heated by a temperature control container, a culture medium in a culture medium storage container can be stored in a refrigerator. As a result, if the heating time of a culture medium is prolonged, occurrence of a problem that the proliferation efficiency of cells is lowered can be prevented.

    [0099] In addition, since gas that has been dissolved in a culture medium is escaped by heating, only a culture medium can be transferred from the temperature control container to the culture container, whereby mixing in of air bubbles in the culture container can be prevented.

    INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY



    [0100] The present invention can be preferably used in the fields of biomedicines, regenerative therapy, immune therapy or the like where a large amount of cells is required to be cultivated.


    Claims

    1. A method for using a cell culture kit for cultivating cells in a closed system, wherein, the cell culture kit is provided with at least one or more of each of:

    a culture container (10) for cultivating cells; a culture medium storage container (20) for storing a culture medium or the like; a cell injection container (30); and a cell collecting container (40) for collecting a suspension of cells after cultivation;-characterized in that:

    the culture medium storage container (20) is also used as a waste liquid container for collecting a culture medium after cultivation,

    the culture medium storage container (20) is connected to the culture container (10) through a culture medium storage container connecting tube (22);

    the cell injection container (30) is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) through a cell injection container connecting tube (31) and the cell collecting container (40) is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) through a cell collecting container connecting tube (41);

    the cell injection container (30) is connected to a position as close as possible to the culture container (10) in the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22);

    the culture medium is transferred from the culture medium storage container (20) to the cell injection container (30) through the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) and the cell injection container connecting tube (31) and, at this time, air present in the inside of the-the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) and the cell injection container connecting tube (31) between the culture medium storage container (20) and the cell injection container (30) is moved to the inside of the cell injection container (30),

    the cells and the culture medium are transferred from the cell injection container (30) to the culture container (10) while minimizing entrance of air in the culture medium storage connecting tube (22) to the culture container, and

    the culture medium is transferred from the culture medium storage container (20) to the culture container (10).


     
    2. A cell culture kit for executing the method according to claim 1 that comprises at least one or more of each of:

    a culture container (10) for cultivating cells;

    a culture medium storage container (20) for storing a culture medium or the like;

    a cell injection container (30); and

    a cell collecting container (40) for collecting a suspension of cells after cultivation, characterized in that:

    the culture medium storage container (20) is connected to the culture container (10) through a culture medium storage container connecting tube (22);

    the cell injection container (30) is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) through a cell injection container connecting tube (31) and the cell collecting container (40) is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) through a cell collecting container connecting tube (41);

    the culture container (10), the culture medium storage container (20), the cell injection container (30) and the cell collecting container (40) are made of a flexible material in form of a bag,

    the cell injection container (30) is connected to a position as close as possible to the culture container (10) in the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) to be configured to minimizing entrance of air in the culture medium storage connecting tube (22) to the culture container.


     
    3. The cell culture kit according to claim 2, that further comprises:
    at least one or more of a sampling container (50) that is capable of sampling part of a suspension of cells being cultured, wherein the sampling container (50) is connected to the culture container (10) through a sampling container connecting tube (51) and the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22).
     
    4. The cell culture kit according to claim 2 or 3, that further comprises:

    at least one or more of a waste liquid container (60) for collecting a culture medium during or after cultivation is provided in addition to the culture medium storage container (20), wherein

    the waste liquid container (60) is connected to the culture container (10) through a waste liquid container connecting tube (61).


     
    5. The cell culture kit according to any of claims 2 to 4, wherein two of the culture medium storage containers (20) are provided, and the same culture medium or different culture mediums are filled in each of these containers (20).
     
    6. The cell culture kit according to any of claims 2 to 5, that further comprises:
    a temperature control container (70) for controlling the temperature of a culture medium or the like is connected to the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22).
     
    7. The cell culture kit for cultivating cells in a closed system according to claim 6, wherein part or all of a culture medium or the like that is refrigerated in the culture medium storage container (20) is transferred to the temperature control container (70), heated to a predetermined temperature and then transferred to the culture container (10).
     
    8. The cell culture kit according to any of claims 2 to 7, wherein the culture medium storage container (20) has a carbon dioxide transmittance of 1000 ml/m2·day·atm (23°C-80%RH) or less and the culture container (10) has an oxygen transmittance of 5000 ml/m2·day·atm (37°C-80%RH) or more.
     
    9. The cell culture kit according to any of claims 2 to 8, wherein the culture medium storage container (20) has a culture medium filling port (21) for supplying a culture medium that is connected a tube formed of a soft vinyl chloride resin.
     
    10. The cell culture kit according to any of claims 3 to 9, wherein at least one part of the cell injection container connecting tube (31), the cell collecting container connecting tube (41), the sampling container connecting tube (51) and the waste liquid container connecting tube (61) is formed of a thermoplastic resin.
     
    11. A cell culture kit according to any of claims 2 to 10, wherein at least any of the culture medium storage container (20) and the cell injection container (30) is configured to be removable.
     
    12. The cell culture kit according to any of claims 2 to 11, wherein the culture medium storage container connecting tube (22) is made of polyolefin or a silicone resin.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zur Verwendung eines Zellkultur-Kits zur Kultivierung von Zellen in einem geschlossenen System, wobei das Zellkultur-Kit mindestens eines oder mehrere von jedem der folgenden aufweist:

    einen Kulturbehälter (10) zur Kultivierung von Zellen; einen Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) zur Speicherung von einem Kulturmedium oder ähnlichem; einen Zellinjektionsbehälter (30); und einen Zellsammelbehälter (40) zum Sammeln einer Zellsuspension nach der Kultivierung; dadurch gekennzeichnet,

    - dass der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) auch als Flüssigabfallbehälter zum Sammeln eines Kulturmediums nach der Kultivierung verwendet wird,

    - dass der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) mit dem Kulturbehälter (10) verbunden ist durch einen Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22);

    - dass der Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) durch einen Zellinjektionsbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (31) mit dem Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) verbunden ist, und dass der Zellsammelbehälter (40) durch einen Zellsammelbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (41) mit dem Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) verbunden ist;

    - dass der Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) mit einer Position im Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22), welche sich so nahe wie möglich zum Kulturbehälter (10) befindet, verbunden ist;

    - dass das Kulturmedium durch den Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) und den Zellinjektionsbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (31) vom Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) in den Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) transferiert wird, und dass zu dieser Zeit Luft, welche sich im Inneren des Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauchs (22) und des Zellinjektionsbehälter-Verbindungsschlauchs (31) zwischen dem Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) und dem Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) an die Innenseite des Zellinjektionsbehälters (30) bewegt wird,

    - dass die Zellen und das Kulturmedium vom Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) in den Kulturbehälter (10) transferiert werden, unter Minimierung des Eintritts von Luft, welche sich im Kulturmediumspeicher-Verbindungsschlauch (22) befindet, in den Kulturbehälter hinein, und

    - dass Kulturmedium vom Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) in den Kulturbehälter (10) transferiert wird.


     
    2. Zellkultur-Kit zur Ausführung des Verfahrens gemäss Anspruch 1, aufweisend mindestens eines oder mehrere jedes der folgenden:

    - enen Kulturbehälter (10) zur Kultivierung von Zellen;

    - einen Kulturmedium-Speicherbehälter (20) zur Speicherung von einem Kulturmedium oder ähnlichem;

    - einen Zellinjektionsbehälter (30); und

    - einen Zellsammelbehälter (40) zum Sammeln einer Zellsuspension nach der Kultivierung, dadurch gekennzeichnet:

    - dass der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) mit dem Kulturbehälter (10) verbunden ist durch einen Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22);

    - dass der Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) durch einen Zellinjektionsbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (31) mit dem Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) verbunden ist, und dass der Zellsammelbehälter (40) durch einen Zellsammelbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (41) mit dem Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) verbunden ist;

    - dass der Kulturbehälter (10), der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20), der Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) und der Zellsammelbehälter (40) aus einem flexiblen Material in Form eines Beutels gebildet sind,

    - dass der Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) mit einer Position im Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22), welche sich so nahe wie möglich zum Kulturbehälter (10) befindet, verbunden ist, wobei durch diese Anordnung der Eintritt von Luft, welche sich im Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) befindet, in den Kulturbehälter hinein minimiert wird.


     
    3. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss Anspruch 2, ferner aufweisend:
    mindestens einen oder mehrere eines Probenbehälters (50), welcher fähig ist/sind, einen Teil der sich in Kultur befindenden Zellen als Probe zu entnehmen, wobei der Probenbehälter (50) durch einen Probenbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (51) und den Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) mit dem Kulturbehälter (10) verbunden ist.
     
    4. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss Anspruch 2 oder 3, ferner aufweisend:
    mindestens einen oder mehrere eines zusätzlich zum Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) bereitgestellten Flüssigabfallbehälters (60) zum Sammeln eines Kulturmediums während oder nach der Kultivierung, wobei
    der Flüssigabfallbehälter (60) durch einen Flüssigabfallbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (61) mit dem Kulturbehälter (10) verbunden ist.
     
    5. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 4, aufweisend zwei Stück der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20), und wobei das gleiche Kulturmedium oder verschiedene Kulturmedien in jeden dieser Behälter (20) eingefüllt werden.
     
    6. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 5, ferner aufweisend:
    einen Temperaturkontrollbehälter (70) zur Kontrolle der Temperatur von einem Kulturmedium oder ähnlichem, welcher mit dem Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) verbunden ist.
     
    7. Zellkultur-Kit zur Kultivierung von Zellen in einem geschlossenen System gemäss Anspruch 6, wobei ein Teil des Kulturmediums oder das gesamte Kulturmedium oder ähnliches, welches im Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) gekühlt wird, in den Temperaturkontrollbehälter (70) transferiert wird, auf eine vorbestimmte Temperatur erhitzt wird und dann in den Kulturbehälter (10) transferiert wird.
     
    8. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 7, wobei der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) eine Kohlendioxid-Durchlässigkeit von 1000 ml/m2 ·Tag·atm (23°C-80%RH) oder weniger hat und wobei der Kulturbehälter (10) eine Sauerstoff-Durchlässigkeit von 5000 ml/m2·Tag·atm (37°C-80%RH) oder mehr hat.
     
    9. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 8, wobei der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) eine Kulturmedium-Einfüllöffnung (21) zur Einfüllung eines Kulturmediums aufweist, an welche ein aus einem weichen Vinylchlorid-Kunstharz gebildeter Schlauch angeschlossen ist.
     
    10. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss einem der Ansprüche 3 bis 9, wobei mindestens ein Teil des Zellinjektionsbehälter-Verbindungsschlauches (31), des Zellsammelbehälter-Verbindungsschlauches (41), des Probenbehälter-Verbindungsschlauches (51) und des Flüssigabfallbehälter-Verbindungsschlauches (61) aus einem thermoplastischen Kunstharz gebildet ist.
     
    11. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 10, wobei mindestens einer ausgewählt aus dem Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter (20) und dem Zellinjektionsbehälter (30) lösbar ausgebildet ist.
     
    12. Zellkultur-Kit gemäss einem der Ansprüche 2 bis 11, wobei der Kulturmediumspeicherbehälter-Verbindungsschlauch (22) aus Polyolefin oder einem Silicon-Kunstharz gebildet ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Un procédé pour l'utilisation d'un kit de culture cellulaire afin de cultiver des cellules dans un système fermé, dans lequel, le kit de culture cellulaire est muni d'au moins un ou plusieurs de chacun/e de:

    un récipient de culture (10) pour cultiver des cellules; un récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) pour stocker un milieu de culture ou similaire; un récipient d'injection de cellules (30); et un récipient de collecte de cellules (40) pour collecter une suspension de cellules après la culture; caractérisé en ce que:

    le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) est également utilisé comme récipient de déchets liquides pour collecter un milieu de culture après la culture,

    le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) est connecté au récipient de culture (10), à travers un tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22);

    le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) est connecté au tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) à travers un tube de connexion de récipient d'injection de cellules (31) et le récipient de collecte de cellules (40) est connecté au tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) à travers un tube de connexion de récipient de collecte de cellules (41);

    le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) est connecté à une position la plus proche possible au récipient de culture (10) dans le tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22);

    le milieu de culture est transféré depuis le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) vers le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) à travers le tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) et le tube de connexion de récipient d'injection de cellules (31) et, à ce moment, de l'air Présent à l'intérieur du tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) et du tube de connexion de récipient d'injection de cellules (31) entre le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) et le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) est déplacé vers l'intérieur du récipient d'injection de cellules (30),

    les cellules et le milieu de culture sont transférés depuis le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) au récipient de culture (10) tout en minimisant l'entrée d'air dans le tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) au récipient de culture, et

    le milieu de culture est transféré depuis le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) vers le récipient de culture (10).


     
    2. Un kit de culture cellulaire afin d'effectuer le procédé selon la revendication 1 qui comprend au moins un ou plusieurs de chacun/e de:

    un récipient de culture (10) pour cultiver des cellules;

    un récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) pour stocker un milieu de culture ou similaire;

    un récipient d'injection de cellules (30); et

    un récipient de collecte de cellules (40) pour collecter une suspension de cellules après la culture; caractérisé en ce que:

    le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) est connecté au récipient de culture (10), à travers un tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22);

    le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) est connecté au tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) à travers un tube de connexion de récipient d'injection de cellules (31) et le récipient de collecte de cellules (40) est connecté au tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) à travers un tube de connexion de récipient de collecte de cellules (41);

    le récipient de culture (10), le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20), le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) et le récipient de collecte de cellules (40) sont fabriqués à partir d'un matériau flexible en forme de sachet,

    le récipient d'injection de cellules (30) est connecté à une position la plus proche possible au récipient de culture (10) dans le tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) afin d'être configuré pour minimiser l'entrée d'air dans le tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) au récipient de culture.


     
    3. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon la revendication 2, qui comprend en outre:
    au moins un ou plusieurs d'un récipient d'échantillonnage (50) qui est capable d'échantillonner une partie d'une suspension de cellules étant cultivées, dans lequel le récipient d'échantillonnage (50) est lié au récipient de culture (10) à travers un tube de connexion de récipient d'échantillonnage (51) et le tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22).
     
    4. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon la revendication 2 ou 3, qui comprend en outre:

    au moins un ou plusieurs récipients de liquide de déchet (60) pour collecter un milieu de culture pendant ou après la culture est fournie en plus du récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20), dans lequel

    le récipient de liquide de déchet (60) est connecté au récipient de culture (10) à travers un tube de connexion de récipients de liquide de déchet (61).


     
    5. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 4, dans lequel deux des récipients de stockage de milieu de culture (20) sont fournis, et le même milieu de culture ou des milieux de culture différents sont remplis dans chacun de ces récipients (20).
     
    6. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 5, qui comprend en outre:
    un récipient de contrôle de température (70) pour contrôler la température d'un milieu de culture ou similaire est connecté au tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22).
     
    7. Le kit de culture cellulaire pour cultiver des cellules dans un système fermé selon la revendication 6, dans lequel une partie ou la totalité d'un milieu de culture ou similaire qui est réfrigéré dans le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) est transférée dans le récipient de contrôle de température (70), chauffée à une température prédéterminée et puis transférée dans le récipient de culture (10).
     
    8. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 7, dans lequel le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) a une transmittance de dioxyde de carbone de 1000 ml / m2 · jour · atm (23°C-80% RH) ou moins et le récipient de culture (10) a une transmittance d'oxygène de 5000 ml / m2 · jour · atm (37°C-80% RH) ou plus.
     
    9. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 8, dans lequel le récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) un orifice de remplissage de milieu de culture (21) pour fournir un milieu de culture qui est connecté à un tube en résine de chlorure de vinyle souple.
     
    10. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon l'une quelconque des revendications 3 à 9, dans lequel au moins partie du tube de connexion de récipient d'injection de cellules (31), le tube de connexion de récipient de collecte de cellules (41), le tube de connexion de récipient d'échantillonnage (51) et le tube de connexion de récipients de liquide de déchet (61) sont fabriqués en résine thermoplastique.
     
    11. Un kit de culture cellulaire selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 10, dans lequel l'un quelconque du récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (20) et du récipient d'injection de cellules (30), est configuré pour être amovible.
     
    12. Le kit de culture cellulaire selon l'une quelconque des revendications 2 à 11, dans lequel le tube de connexion de récipient de stockage de milieu de culture (22) est fabriqué en résine polyoléfine ou résine silicone.
     




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