To enhance cell-quality attributes during restricted feeds, critical medium components have been stabilized, including FGF2, and medium pH is more consistent. As a result, mTeSR™ Plus allows for greater cell expansion rates with daily feeding, while also maintaining cell quality during restricted feeding schedules.
mTeSR™ Plus is compatible with a variety of culture matrices, including Corning® Matrigel® hESC-Qualified Matrix (Catalog #07181) and Vitronectin XF™ (Catalog #07180, a matrix developed and manufactured by Nucleus Biologics).
Each lot of mTeSR™ Plus 5X Supplement is used to prepare complete mTeSR™ Plus medium and then performance-tested in a culture assay using human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs).
⦁ Supports superior culture morphology and cell growth characteristics
⦁ Enables heightened single-cell survival when used with CloneR™
⦁ Fully compatible with established genome editing and differentiation protocols
- mTeSR™ Plus Basal Medium, 400 mL
- mTeSR™ Plus 5X Supplement, 100 mL
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Data and Publications
Figure 1. mTeSR™ Plus Maintains Optimal pH Levels Throughout a Weekend-Free Protocol
The pH of spent medium from hPSCs cultured in mTeSR™ Plus is higher than that of hPSCs cultured in mTeSR™1 and other flexible-feeding medium at similar cell densities. pH and cell numbers were measured after a 72-hour period without feeding. Range of cell numbers shown represent different densities that would be observed throughout a typical passage. This demonstrates that feeds can be skipped for two days at any time during routine maintenance using mTeSR™ Plus while maintaining a pH above 7.0. Note: Cultures were fed double the standard medium volume prior to the 72-hour period without feeds in all media and cell numbers are from one well of a 6-well plate.
Figure 2. mTeSR™ Plus Maintains Consistent Levels of FGF2 Throughout a Weekend-Free Protocol
FGF2 levels remain high in mTeSR™ Plus when cultured at 37°C over a 72 hour time period. Measured by ELISA.
Figure 3. mTeSR™ Plus Supports Higher Cell Numbers
Growth curves were obtained for human ES (H9) cells cultured in mTeSR™1 or mTeSR™ Plus on Corning® Matrigel® matrix over 7 days with either daily feeds or restricted feeds. Growth curves were determined by seeding 20,000 cells per well of a 6-well plate as aggregates and counting the cell numbers each day in duplicate wells.
Figure 4. Larger Colonies are Observed in mTeSR™ Plus Cultures
The average colony size per passage (± SEM) was obtained for human ES (H1, H9) and iPS (STiPS-M001, WLS-1C) cells cultured in mTeSR™1 (daily feeds) or mTeSR™ Plus (restricted feeds) on Corning® Matrigel® over 10 passages. Size was determined by measuring representative colony diameters at harvest. Note that this data is representative of cultures passaged at a 7-day passaging interval; smaller colony size should be expected if using shorter passaging intervals.
Figure 5. Normal human ES and iPS Cell Morphology is Observed in mTeSR™ Plus Cultures
Images depict undifferentiated human hES (H1) and iPS (WLS-1C) cells cultured on Corning®️ Matrigel®️ matrix in mTeSR™1 with daily feeds or mTeSR™ Plus with restricted feeds. Cells retain the prominent nucleoli and high nuclear-to-cytoplasmic ratio characteristic of this cell type after 10 passages. Densely packed cells and multi-layering are prominent when cells are ready to be passaged.
Figure 6. Cells Cultured in mTeSR™ Plus Medium with Restricted Feeding Express Undifferentiated Cell Markers
Human ES (H1, H9) and iPS (WLS-1C, STiPS-M001) cells were characterized using flow cytometry for undifferentiated cell markers, (A) OCT3/4 and (B) TRA-1-60. Graphs show average expression (± SEM) results from analyses of duplicate wells every 5 passages for up to 10-15 passages in mTeSR™1 (daily feeds), or mTeSR™ Plus (restricted feeds).
Figure 7. Cells Maintained in mTeSR™ Plus with Restricted Feeding Have Comparable Differentiation Efficiencies to Cells Maintained in mTeSR™1
Human ES (H1, H9) and iPS (WLS-1C, STiPS-M001) cells were maintained in mTeSR™1 (daily feeds) or mTeSR™ Plus (restricted feeds). Cells were differentiated using directed differentiation protocols and subjected to flow cytometry analysis. Graphs show average expression (± SEM) results from the 4 cell lines. The markers used for flow cytometry for each germ layer are listed in the bar titles.
Figure 8. hPSCs Cultured in mTeSR™ Plus with Restricted Feeding Maintain a Normal Karyotype
Karyograms of (A) human ES (H1) and (B) iPS (WLS-1C) cells cultured in mTeSR™ Plus for 30 passages shows a normal karyotype is retained.
Figure 9. High Cloning Efficiency of hPSCs in mTeSR™ Plus Supplemented with CloneR™
hPSCs (H1, H9, WLS-1C, and STiPS-M001) plated in mTeSR™ Plus with CloneR™ demonstrate cloning efficiencies equal to or greater than hPSCs in mTeSR™1 with CloneR™. Cells were seeded at clonal density (25 cells/cm²) in mTeSR™1 or mTeSR™ Plus on CellAdhere™ Vitronectin™ XF™-coated plates. n ≧ 3 biological replicates.