cGMP, feeder-free maintenance medium for human ES and iPS cells

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cGMP, feeder-free maintenance medium for human ES and iPS cells
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mTeSR™1, now manufactured under cGMP, is the most widely published feeder-free cell culture medium for human embryonic stem cells (ES cells) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), with established protocols for applications ranging from derivation to differentiation. It has been used to successfully maintain thousands of ES and iPS cell lines in over 50 countries, and has supported top pluripotent stem cell publications and researchers. mTeSR™1 is a highly specialized, serum-free and complete cell culture medium. With pre-screened raw materials that ensure batch-to-batch consistency and robust feeder-free protocols for ES and iPS cell culture, mTeSR™1 provides more consistent cultures with homogeneous, undifferentiated phenotypes.

mTeSR™1 is manufactured under relevant cGMPs, ensuring the highest quality and consistency for reproducible results.

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  • mTeSR™1 Complete Kit (Catalog #85850)
    • mTeSR™1 Basal Medium, 400 mL
    • mTeSR™1 5X Supplement, 100 mL
  • mTeSR™1 Complete Kit, 1 L (Catalog #85857)
    • mTeSR™1 Basal Medium, 800 mL
    • mTeSR™1 5X Supplement, 100 mL, 2 Bottles
  • mTeSR™1 Complete Kit, 10 Pack (Catalog #85870)
    • mTeSR™1 Basal Medium, 400 mL, 10 Bottles
    • mTeSR™1 5X Supplement, 100 mL, 10 Bottles
  • mTeSR™1 Complete Kit, 25 Pack (Catalog #85875)
    • mTeSR™1 Basal Medium, 400 mL, 25 Bottles
    • mTeSR™1 5X Supplement, 100 mL, 25 Bottles
Specialized Media
Cell Type:
Pluripotent Stem Cells
Cell Culture; Expansion; Maintenance
Area of Interest:
Stem Cell Biology

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Figure 1. Normal hES and hiPS Cell Morphology is Observed in cGMP mTeSR™1 Cultures

Undifferentiated (A) H1 human embryonic stem (hES) and (B) WLS-1C human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cells cultured on Corning® Matrigel® Matrix in cGMP mTeSR™1 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 2. High Expansion Rates are Observed in cGMP mTeSR™1 Cultures

Graph shows the average fold expansion per passage +/- SEM obtained for hES (H1 and H9) and hiPS (WLS-1C) cells cultured in cGMP mTeSR­™1 (red) or non-cGMP mTeSR™1 (gray) on Corning® Matrigel® Matrix over 10 passages. Expansion was determined by enumerating the cell aggregates obtained at harvest and dividing by the number of cell aggregates seeded. Note that this data is representative of cultures passaged after 6-7 days in culture, lower expansion should be expected if using shorter culture times.

Figure 3. Cells Cultured in cGMP mTeSR™1 Medium Express Undifferentiated Cell Markers

Histogram analysis for hES (H1 and H9) and hiPS (WLS-1C) cells characterized using FACS for undifferentiated cell markers, OCT4 (OCT3) (Catalog #60093) and TRA-1-60 (Catalog #60064), after 8 - 10 passages in cGMP mTeSR™1 (filled = sample, blank = isotype control).

Figure 4. hPSCs Maintained in cGMP mTeSR™1 Display a Normal Karyotype

Karyograms of (A) H1 hES and (B) WLS-1C hiPS cells cultured in cGMP mTeSR™1 for 11 passages shows that a normal karyotype is retained.


Stem cell reports 2020 feb

iPSC-Based Modeling of RAG2 Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Reveals Multiple T Cell Developmental Arrests.

M. Themeli et al.


RAG2 severe combined immune deficiency (RAG2-SCID) is a lethal disorder caused by the absence of functional T and B cells due to a differentiation block. Here, we generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from a RAG2-SCID patient to study the nature of the T cell developmental blockade. We observed a strongly reduced capacity to differentiate at every investigated stage of T cell development, from early CD7-CD5- to CD4+CD8+. The impaired differentiation was accompanied by an increase in CD7-CD56+CD33+ natural killer (NK) cell-like cells. T cell receptor D rearrangements were completely absent in RAG2SCID cells, whereas the rare T cell receptor B rearrangements were likely the result of illegitimate rearrangements. Repair of RAG2 restored the capacity to induce T cell receptor rearrangements, normalized T cell development, and corrected the NK cell-like phenotype. In conclusion, we succeeded in generating an iPSC-based RAG2-SCID model, which enabled the identification of previously unrecognized disorder-related T cell developmental roadblocks.
Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology 2020

Maturation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cerebellar Neurons in the Absence of Co-culture.

T. P. Silva et al.


The cerebellum plays a critical role in all vertebrates, and many neurological disorders are associated with cerebellum dysfunction. A major limitation in cerebellar research has been the lack of adequate disease models. As an alternative to animal models, cerebellar neurons differentiated from pluripotent stem cells have been used. However, previous studies only produced limited amounts of Purkinje cells. Moreover, in vitro generation of Purkinje cells required co-culture systems, which may introduce unknown components to the system. Here we describe a novel differentiation strategy that uses defined medium to generate Purkinje cells, granule cells, interneurons, and deep cerebellar nuclei projection neurons, that self-formed and differentiated into electrically active cells. Using a defined basal medium optimized for neuronal cell culture, we successfully promoted the differentiation of cerebellar precursors without the need for co-culturing. We anticipate that our findings may help developing better models for the study of cerebellar dysfunctions, while providing an advance toward the development of autologous replacement strategies for treating cerebellar degenerative diseases.
Analytical chemistry 2020

One-Stop Microfluidic Assembly of Human Brain Organoids To Model Prenatal Cannabis Exposure.

Z. Ao et al.


Prenatal cannabis exposure (PCE) influences human brain development, but it is challenging to model PCE using animals and current cell culture techniques. Here, we developed a one-stop microfluidic platform to assemble and culture human cerebral organoids from human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to investigate the effect of PCE on early human brain development. By incorporating perfusable culture chambers, air-liquid interface, and one-stop protocol, this microfluidic platform can simplify the fabrication procedure and produce a large number of organoids (169 organoids per 3.5 cm × 3.5 cm device area) without fusion, as compared with conventional fabrication methods. These one-stop microfluidic assembled cerebral organoids not only recapitulate early human brain structure, biology, and electrophysiology but also have minimal size variation and hypoxia. Under on-chip exposure to the psychoactive cannabinoid, $\Delta$-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cerebral organoids exhibited reduced neuronal maturation, downregulation of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) receptors, and impaired neurite outgrowth. Moreover, transient on-chip THC treatment also decreased spontaneous firing in these organoids. This one-stop microfluidic technique enables a simple, scalable, and repeatable organoid culture method that can be used not only for human brain organoids but also for many other human organoids including liver, kidney, retina, and tumor organoids. This technology could be widely used in modeling brain and other organ development, developmental disorders, developmental pharmacology and toxicology, and drug screening.
Human immunology 2019 jul

Patients with immunological diseases or on peritoneal dialysis are prone to false positive flow cytometry crossmatch.

Q. Xu et al.


Despite implementation of virtual crossmatches, flow cytometry crossmatches (FCXM) are still used by many transplant centers to determine immunological risk before kidney transplantation. To determine if common profiles of patients prone to false positive FCXM exist, we examined the demographics and native diseases of kidney patients tested with autologous FCXM (n = 480). Improvements to FCXM and cell isolation methods significantly reduced the positive rate from 15.1{\%} to 5.3{\%}. Patients with native diseases considered 'immunological' (vasculitis, lupus, IgA nephropathy) had more positive autologous FCXM (OR = 3.36, p = 0.003) vs. patients with all other diseases. Patients who were tested using our updated method (n = 321) still showed that these immunological diseases were a significant predictor for positive autologous FCXM (OR = 4.79, p = 0.006). Interestingly, patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD) also had significantly more positive autologous FCXM than patients on hemodialysis or waiting for pre-emptive kidney transplants (OR = 3.27, p = 0.02). These findings were confirmed in patients who had false positive allogeneic FCXM. Twenty of 24 (83.3{\%}) patients with false positive allogeneic FCXM tested with updated method either had immunological diseases originally or were on PD. Our findings are helpful when interpreting an unexpected positive FCXM, especially for transplantation from deceased donors.
Scientific reports 2019

L-type voltage-gated calcium channel regulation of in vitro human cortical neuronal networks.

W. Plumbly et al.


The combination of in vitro multi-electrode arrays (MEAs) and the neuronal differentiation of stem cells offers the capability to study human neuronal networks from patient or engineered human cell lines. Here, we use MEA-based assays to probe synaptic function and network interactions of hiPSC-derived neurons. Neuronal network behaviour first emerges at approximately 30 days of culture and is driven by glutamate neurotransmission. Over a further 30 days, inhibitory GABAergic signalling shapes network behaviour into a synchronous regular pattern of burst firing activity and low activity periods. Gene mutations in L-type voltage gated calcium channel subunit genes are strongly implicated as genetic risk factors for the development of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We find that, although basal neuronal firing rate is unaffected, there is a dose-dependent effect of L-type voltage gated calcium channel inhibitors on synchronous firing patterns of our hiPSC-derived neural networks. This demonstrates that MEA assays have sufficient sensitivity to detect changes in patterns of neuronal interaction that may arise from hypo-function of psychiatric risk genes. Our study highlights the utility of in vitro MEA based platforms for the study of hiPSC neural network activity and their potential use in novel compound screening.