Author(s): Amit M, Laevsky I, Miropolsky Y, Shariki K, Peri M,
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Abstract Human pluripotent (embryonic or induced) stem cells (hPSCs) have many potential applications, not only for research purposes but also for clinical and industrial uses. While culturing these cells as undifferentiated lines, an adherent cell culture based on supportive layers or matrices is most often used. However, the use of hPSCs for industrial or clinical applications requires a scalable, reproducible and controlled process. Here we present a suspension culture system for undifferentiated hPSCs, based on a serum-free medium supplemented with interleukins and basic fibroblast growth factor, suitable for the mass production of these cells. The described system supports a suspension culture of hPSC lines, in both static and dynamic cultures. Results showed that hPSCs cultured with the described dynamic method maintained all hPSC features after 20 passages, including stable karyotype and pluripotency, and increased in cell numbers by 25-fold in 10 d. Thus, the described suspension method is suitable for large-scale culture of undifferentiated hPSCs.
This article was published in Nat Protoc
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