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Optimization and development of better defined culture methods for human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells (hESCs and hiPSCs) will provide an invaluable contribution to the field of regenerative medicine. However, one problem is the vulnerability of hESCs and hiPSCs to apoptosis that causes a low plating efficiency upon passaging. Herein, we have(More)
BACKGROUND An essential prerequisite for the future widespread application of human induced pluripotent (hiPSCs) and embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is the development of efficient cryopreservation methods to facilitate their storage and transportation. METHODS We developed a simple and effective freezing/thawing method of single dissociated hESCs and hiPSCs(More)
Given the potential importance of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in translational research and regenerative medicine, the aim of the present study was to develop a simple, safe, and cost-effective substrate to expand hPSCs. We report the development of an extracellular matrix (ECM), designated “RoGel,” based on conditioned medium (CM) of human(More)
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) provide a new source for hepatocyte production in translational medicine and cell replacement therapy. The reported hESC-derived hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) were commonly generated on Matrigel, a mouse cell line-derived extracellular matrix (ECM). Here, we performed the hepatic lineage differentiation of hESCs following a(More)
Gene expression analyses of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) will help to uncover or further define signaling pathways and molecular mechanisms involved in the maintenance of self-renewal and pluripotency. We employed a 2-DE-based proteomics approach to analyze human ESC line, Royan H5, in undifferentiated cells and different stages of spontaneous(More)
Analysis of gene expression to define molecular mechanisms and pathways involved in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) proliferation and differentiations has allowed for further deciphering of the self-renewal and pluripotency characteristics of hESC. Proteins associated with hESCs were discovered through isobaric tags for relative and absolute(More)
Embryonic stem (ES) cells are considered to exist in a ground state if shielded from differentiation triggers. Here we show that FGF4 and TGFβ signaling pathway inhibitors, designated R2i, not only provide the ground state pluripotency in production and maintenance of naïve ES cells from blastocysts of different mouse strains, but also maintain ES cells(More)
STUDY QUESTION Could selected pluripotency-enhancing small molecules (SMs) lead to efficient derivation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) from cleavage embryos-derived single blastomeres (SBs)? SUMMARY ANSWER Inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase β (GSK3β) and Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) signaling can enhance the derivation of hESCs from cleavage(More)
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide an invaluable resource for drug or toxicology screening, medical research and patient-specific cell therapy. However, the potential applications of iPSCs are largely dependent on the degree of similarity between iPSCs and embryonic stem cells (ESCs). In the present study, we analyzed the proteome of human ESCs(More)