A Single-Cell and Feeder-Free Culture System for Monkey Embryonic Stem Cells


Primate pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), including embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), hold great potential for research and application in regenerative medicine and drug discovery. To maximize primate PSC potential, a practical system is required for generating desired functional cells and reproducible differentiation techniques. Much progress regarding their culture systems has been reported to date; however, better methods would still be required for their practical use, particularly in industrial and clinical fields. Here we report a new single-cell and feeder-free culture system for primate PSCs, the key feature of which is an originally formulated serum-free medium containing FGF and activin. In this culture system, cynomolgus monkey ESCs can be passaged many times by single-cell dissociation with traditional trypsin treatment and can be propagated with a high proliferation rate as a monolayer without any feeder cells; further, typical PSC properties and genomic stability can be retained. In addition, it has been demonstrated that monkey ESCs maintained in the culture system can be used for various experiments such as in vitro differentiation and gene manipulation. Thus, compared with the conventional culture system, monkey ESCs grown in the aforementioned culture system can serve as a cell source with the following practical advantages: simple, stable, and easy cell maintenance; gene manipulation; cryopreservation; and desired differentiation. We propose that this culture system can serve as a reliable platform to prepare primate PSCs useful for future research and application.

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0088346

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@inproceedings{Ono2014ASA, title={A Single-Cell and Feeder-Free Culture System for Monkey Embryonic Stem Cells}, author={Takashi Ono and Yutaka Suzuki and Yosuke Kato and Risako Fujita and Toshihiro Araki and Tomoko Yamashita and Hidemasa Kato and Ryuzo Torii and Naoya Sato}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2014} }