Archive for March, 2014

Appearance of iPSCs–Different Reprogramming Stages within the Same Well

Previously scientists at Allele Biotech have reported near uniform conversion of human fibroblasts using our proprietary mRNA mixtures. The first picture below shows a well of cells after 7 days of growing fibroblasts with the new Allele mRNA mix.

This month, by adjusting the mRNA dose while testing Allele’s own reprogramming medium formulation, we observed various stages of cells going through the transition in the same well (see pictures 2 to 5). All stages of reprogramming typically observed over a span of weeks can actually be seen within 1 well of a 6-well plate when we treated human fibroblasts at half the dose of our standard mRNA mix, on day 10, and using Allele Biotech’s new formulation of reprogramming medium.

(1) Warren, Ni, Wang, and Guo 2012 (pdf download)

Previous bulk conversion on Day 7 of reprogramming at full dose mRNA, improved upon our published efficiency (1)

iPSCs forming small colonies from single cells within a 24-hour time frame

Reprogramming en masse: post mesenchymal-to-epithelial (MET) transition cells start to become iPSCs without surrounding fibroblasts (as opposed to the above figure)

Large patches of cells that became iPSCs in what we call bulk-conversion

Large colonies become highly compact, with sharp edges, and composed of mature stem cells of small cell body and tight bundling

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