hPSC-Derived Neural Cell Research

After neural induction, human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived neural progenitor cells (NPCs) can be further differentiated into the major neural cell types of the central nervous system: neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. See MoreThese specialized neural cell types hold great promise for studying human neurological development and disease. NPCs generated using the STEMdiff™ Neural Induction Medium embryoid body protocol can be differentiated to forebrain-type neurons, dopaminergic neurons or astrocytes using cell type-specific STEMdiff™ Differentiation and Maturation Kits. A two-step differentiation and maturation approach is used to increase overall efficiency. First, STEMdiff™ Differentiation Kits for forebrain-type neurons, dopaminergic neurons or astrocytes are used to generate lineage-restricted precursors from NPCs. These precursors can then be matured to functional forebrain-type neurons, dopaminergic neurons or astrocytes, using the corresponding STEMdiff™ Maturation Kits.

For a flexible approach to generating many different neural cell subtypes according to published protocols, you may combine neural supplements, such as NeuroCult™ SM1 Neuronal Supplement (based on the published B-27 formulation) and N2 Supplement A or B, with small molecules or cytokines and a suitable basal medium. BrainPhys™ Neuronal Medium is a new serum-free neuronal basal medium that is based on the formulation from the laboratory of Fred H. Gage (C Bardy et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2015). Compared to traditional medium formulations, BrainPhys™ Neuronal Medium is more representative of the CNS extracellular environment, which results in hPSC-derived neuronal cultures with increased proportions of synaptically active neurons.

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Whether you’re starting from primary cells, tissue samples, or pluripotent stem cells, explore our complete portfolio of products to support your neural culture workflow.


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    All-Trans Retinoic Acid

    Retinoid pathway activator; Activates retinoic acid receptor (RAR)
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    Hedgehog pathway activator; Activates Smoothened (SMO)
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    Notch pathway inhibitor; Inhibits γ-secretase
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    WNT pathway inhibitor; Inhibits TNKS1 and TNKS2

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