StemSpan™ Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement (100X)

Serum-free culture supplement for expansion of human megakaryocytes
StemSpan™ Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement (100X)

Serum-free culture supplement for expansion of human megakaryocytes

1 mL
Catalog # 02696
390 USD


StemSpan™ Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement (100X) contains a combination of recombinant human cytokines formulated to selectively promote the expansion and differentiation of human megakaryocyte progenitor cells from CD34+ cells isolated from human cord blood (CB) or bone marrow (BM) samples.

StemSpan™ Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement (100X) is intended for use in combination with any of the following StemSpan™ media:
• StemSpan™ SFEM (Catalog #09600)
• StemSpan™ SFEM II (Catalog #09605)
• StemSpan™-XF (Catalog #100-0073)
• StemSpan™-AOF (Catalog #100-0130)

When added to serum-free medium, StemSpan™ Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement typically promotes the production of hundreds of megakaryocytes per input CD34+ cell in 14-day liquid cultures initiated with CD34+ human CB cells. See data tab for more details.
• Formulated to produce large numbers of human megakaryocytes in liquid cultures initiated with CD34+ CB or BM cells.
• Optimized for use with StemSpan™ media. When combined with StemSpan™ SFEM II in particular, supports up to 2-fold higher expansion of megakaryocytes from human CD34+ CB cells than other serum-free media on the market.
• Supplied as a 100X concentrate. After thawing and mixing, the tube contents can be added directly to any hematopoietic cell expansion medium of choice.
• Recombinant human stem cell factor (SCF)
• Recombinant human interleukin 6 (IL-6)
• Recombinant human interleukin 9 (IL-9)
• Recombinant human thrombopoietin (TPO)
Cell Type
Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells, Megakaryocytes
Cell Culture, Differentiation, Expansion
Area of Interest
Stem Cell Biology, Transplantation Research

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Educational Materials (7)

StemSpan™ Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement
Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells - Products for Your Research
StemSpan™: Defined Media and Supplements for Hematopoietic Cell Expansion
StemSpan™ Serum-Free Expansion Media
StemSpan™ Serum-Free Expansion Media
New Tools for the Ex Vivo Expansion of Human Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells
New Tools for the Ex Vivo Expansion of Human Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells
Mini Review
Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells (HSPCs): Isolation, Culture, and Assays
Scientific Poster
Hematopoietic Expansion and Differentiation Into Megakaryocytes and Erythroid Cells With StemSpan™ SFEM II

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Data and Publications


Production of megakaryocytes by expansion and lineage-specific differentiation of CD34+ human cord blood cells cultured in StemSpan™ SFEM containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement

Figure 1. Production of Megakaryocytes by Expansion and Lineage-Specific Differentiation of CD34+ Human Cord Blood Cells Cultured in StemSpan™ SFEM Containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement

Flow cytometry dot plots showing expression of the hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell marker CD34 and megakaryocyte markers CD41a and CD42b (A) before and (B,C) after culture of CD34+ cord blood cells for 14 days in StemSpan™ SFEM containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement. The frequency of CD34+ cells declined from 90% before culture to <3% after 14 days, in parallel with a gradual accumulation of CD41a+CD42b+ megakaryocytes from 80% before and after culture, respectively.

Table 1. Production of Megakaryocytes from CD34+ Human Cord Blood Cells Cultured in StemSpan™ SFEM Containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement

Production of megakaryocytes from CD34+ human cord blood cells cultured in StemSpan™ SFEM containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement

Numbers and percent of CD41a+ cells produced after 14 days of culture of enriched CD34+ cells from 6 independent cord blood (CB) samples. *95% confidence limits, the range within which 95% of the results will typically fall.

Comparison of megakaryocyte expansion in different StemSpan™ media containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement

Figure 2. Comparison of Megakaryocyte Expansion in Different StemSpan™ Media Containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement

(A) Average numbers and (B) frequencies of CD41+ megakaryocytic cells normalized relative to the values obtained in StemSpan™ SFEM (grey bars) after culturing purified CD34+ cord blood cells (n=6) for 14 days in StemSpan™ SFEM, SFEM II (blue bars) and AOF (orange bars) media containing Megakaryocyte Expansion Supplement. Vertical lines indicate 95% confidence limits, the range within which 95% of results typically fall. *The numbers of CD41a+ cells were significantly higher in SFEM II (p<0.01, paired t-test, n=6) compared to SFEM and AOF medium.

Note: Data for StemSpan™-AOF shown were generated with the original phenol red-containing version StemSpan™-ACF (Catalog #09855). However internal testing showed that the performance of the new phenol red-free, cGMP-manufactured version, StemSpan™-AOF (Catalog #100-0130) was comparable.

Publications (11)

Blood 2017 MAR Identification of unipotent megakaryocyte progenitors in human hematopoiesis. Miyawaki K et al.


The developmental pathway for human megakaryocytes remains unclear and the definition of pure unipotent megakaryocyte progenitor is still controversial. Using single-cell transcriptome analysis, we have identified a cluster of cells within immature hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell populations that specifically express genes related to the megakaryocyte lineage. We used CD41 as a positive marker to identify these cells within the CD34(+)CD38(+)IL-3Rα(dim)CD45RA(-) common myeloid progenitor (CMP) population. These cells lacked erythroid and granulocyte/macrophage potential, but exhibited robust differentiation into the megakaryocyte lineage at a high frequency, both in vivo and in vitro The efficiency and expansion potential of these cells exceeded those of conventional bipotent megakaryocyte/erythrocyte progenitors. Accordingly, the CD41(+) CMP was defined as a unipotent megakaryocyte progenitor (MegP) that is likely to represent the major pathway for human megakaryopoiesis, independent of canonical megakaryocyte-erythroid lineage bifurcation. In the bone marrow of patients with essential thrombocythemia, the MegP population was significantly expanded in the context of a high burden of Janus kinase 2 mutations. Thus, the prospectively isolatable and functionally homogeneous human MegP will be useful for the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying normal and malignant human hematopoiesis.
Blood 2009 SEP miR-34a contributes to megakaryocytic differentiation of K562 cells independently of p53. Navarro F et al.


The role of miRNAs in regulating megakaryocyte differentiation was examined using bipotent K562 human leukemia cells. miR-34a is strongly up-regulated during phorbol ester-induced megakaryocyte differentiation, but not during hemin-induced erythrocyte differentiation. Enforced expression of miR-34a in K562 cells inhibits cell proliferation, induces cell-cycle arrest in G(1) phase, and promotes megakaryocyte differentiation as measured by CD41 induction. miR-34a expression is also up-regulated during thrombopoietin-induced differentiation of CD34(+) hematopoietic precursors, and its enforced expression in these cells significantly increases the number of megakaryocyte colonies. miR-34a directly regulates expression of MYB, facilitating megakaryocyte differentiation, and of CDK4 and CDK6, to inhibit the G(1)/S transition. However, these miR-34a target genes are down-regulated rapidly after inducing megakaryocyte differentiation before miR-34a is induced. This suggests that miR-34a is not responsible for the initial down-regulation but may contribute to maintaining their suppression later on. Previous studies have implicated miR-34a as a tumor suppressor gene whose transcription is activated by p53. However, in p53-null K562 cells, phorbol esters induce miR-34a expression independently of p53 by activating an alternative phorbol ester-responsive promoter to produce a longer pri-miR-34a transcript.
Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio) 2007 JAN In vitro expanded cells contributing to rapid severe combined immunodeficient repopulation activity are CD34+38-33+90+45RA-. Vanheusden K et al.


Expansion of hematopoietic stem cells could be used clinically to shorten the prolonged aplastic phase after umbilical cord blood (UCB) transplantation. In this report, we investigated rapid severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) repopulating activity (rSRA) 2 weeks after transplantation of CD34(+) UCB cells cultured with serum on MS5 stromal cells and in serum- and stroma-free cultures. Various subpopulations obtained after culture were studied for rSRA. CD34(+) expansion cultures resulted in vast expansion of CD45(+) and CD34(+) cells. Independent of the culture method, only the CD34(+)33(+)38(-) fraction of the cultured cells contained rSRA. Subsequently, we subfractionated the CD34(+)38(-) fraction using stem cell markers CD45RA and CD90. In vitro differentiation cultures showed CD34(+) expansion in both CD45RA(-) and CD90(+) cultures, whereas little increase in CD34(+) cells was observed in both CD45RA(+) and CD90(-) cultures. By four-color flow cytometry, we could demonstrate that CD34(+)38(-)45RA(-) and CD34(+)38(-)90(+) cell populations were largely overlapping. Both populations were able to reconstitute SCID/nonobese diabetic mice at 2 weeks, indicating that these cells contained rSRA activity. In contrast, CD34(+)38(-)45RA(+) or CD34(+)38(-)90(-) cells contributed only marginally to rSRA. Similar results were obtained when cells were injected intrafemorally, suggesting that the lack of reconstitution was not due to homing defects. In conclusion, we show that after in vitro expansion, rSRA is mediated by CD34(+)38(-)90(+)45RA(-) cells. All other cell fractions have limited reconstitutive potential, mainly because the cells have lost stem cell activity rather than because of homing defects. These findings can be used clinically to assess the rSRA of cultured stem cells.
Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio) 2006 OCT Intracoronary infusion of CD133+ and CD133-CD34+ selected autologous bone marrow progenitor cells in patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy: cell isolation, adherence to the infarcted area, and body distribution. Goussetis E et al.


Central issues in intracoronary infusion (ICI) of bone marrow (BM)-cells to damaged myocardium for improving cardiac function are the cell number that is feasible and safe to be administrated as well as the retention of cells in the target area. Our study addressed these issues in eight patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy undergoing ICI of selected BM-progenitors. We could immunomagnetically isolate 0.8 +/- 0.32 x 10(7) CD133(+) cells and 0.75 +/- 0.24 x 10(7) CD133(-)CD34(+) cells from 310 +/- 40 ml BM. After labeling these cells with (99m)Tc-hexamethylpropylenamineoxime, they were infused into the infarct-related artery without any complication. Scintigraphic images 1 (eight patients) and 24 hours (four patients) after ICI revealed an uptake of 9.2&percnt; +/- 3.6 and 6.8&percnt; +/- 2.4 of the total infused radioactivity in the infarcted area of the heart, respectively; the remaining activity was distributed mainly to liver and spleen. We conclude that through ICI of CD133(+) and CD133(-)CD34(+) BM-progenitors a significant number of them are preferentially attracted to and retained in the chronic ischemic myocardium.
Blood 1998 MAY Efficient retroviral-mediated gene transfer to human cord blood stem cells with in vivo repopulating potential. Conneally E et al.


Recent studies have shown efficient gene transfer to primitive progenitors in human cord blood (CB) when the cells are incubated in retrovirus-containing supernatants on fibronectin-coated dishes. We have now used this approach to achieve efficient gene transfer to human CB cells with the capacity to regenerate lymphoid and myeloid progeny in nonobese diabetic (NOD)/severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice. CD34(+) cell-enriched populations were first cultured for 3 days in serum-free medium containing interleukin-3 (IL-3), IL-6, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, Flt3-ligand, and Steel factor followed by two 24-hour incubations with a MSCV-NEO virus-containing medium obtained under either serum-free or serum-replete conditions. The presence of serum during the latter 2 days made no consistent difference to the total number of cells, colony-forming cells (CFC), or long-term culture-initiating cells (LTC-IC) recovered at the end of the 5-day culture period, and the cells infected under either condition regenerated similar numbers of human CD34(+) (myeloid) CFC and human CD19(+) (B lymphoid) cells for up to 20 weeks in NOD/SCID recipients. However, the presence of serum increased the viral titer in the producer cell-conditioned medium and this was correlated with a twofold to threefold higher efficiency of gene transfer to all progenitor types. With the higher titer viral supernatant, 17&percnt; +/- 3&percnt; and 17&percnt; +/- 8&percnt;, G418-resistant in vivo repopulating cells and LTC-IC were obtained. As expected, the proportion of NEO + repopulating cells determined by polymerase chain reaction analysis of in vivo generated CFC was even higher (32&percnt; +/- 10&percnt;). There was no correlation between the frequency of gene transfer to LTC-IC and colony-forming unit-granulocyte-macrophage (CFU-GM), or to NOD/SCID repopulating cells and CFU-GM (r2 = 0.16 and 0.17, respectively), whereas values for LTC-IC and NOD/SCID repopulating cells were highly and significantly correlated (r2 = 0.85). These findings provide further evidence of a close relationship between human LTC-IC and NOD/SCID repopulating cells (assessed using a textgreater/= 6-week CFC output endpoint) and indicate the predictive value of gene transfer measurements to such LTC-IC for the design of clinical gene therapy protocols.
Blood 1997 MAY Lack of expression of Thy-1 (CD90) on acute myeloid leukemia cells with long-term proliferative ability in vitro and in vivo. Blair A et al.


Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is thought to be maintained by a small population of leukemic progenitor cells. To define the phenotype of such cells with long-term proliferative capacity in vitro and in vivo, we have used the production of leukemic clonogenic cells (CFU) after 2 to 8 weeks in suspension culture as a measure of these cells in vitro and compared their phenotype with that of cells capable of engrafting nonobese diabetic severe combined immune deficient (NOD/SCID) mice. Leukemic blast peripheral blood cells were evaluated for expression of CD34 and Thy-1 (CD90) antigens. The majority of AML blast cells at diagnosis lacked expression of Thy-1. Most primary CFU-blast and the CFU detected at up to 8 weeks from suspension cultures were CD34+/Thy-1-. AML cells that were capable of engrafting NOD/SCID mice were also found to have the CD34+/Thy-1- phenotype. However, significant engraftment was achieved using both CD34+/Thy-1- and CD34- subfractions from one AML M5 patient. These results suggest that while heterogeneity exists between individual patients, the leukemic progenitor cells that are capable of maintaining the disease in vitro and in vivo differ from normal hematopoietic progenitor cells in their lack of expression of Thy-1.
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