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Protocols for Using Human Fibroblasts Expressing Human bFGF as Feeder Cells for iPSCs

New Product of the Week: Anti-GFP Polyclonal Antibody 100ug ABP-PAB-PAGFP10 $175.00.

Allele Biotech has introduced the highly efficient GFP-Trap for GFP fusion protein pull-down, and a monoclonal anti-GFP antibody for detecting GFP-fusion proteins after Immunoprecipitation with GFP-Trap. Just launched this week, the anti-GFP polyclonal antibodies provide an alternative method for analyzing the isolated proteins.

Pre-announcement: Allele Biotech will launch a FAQ and a User Forum online where you can also find common protocols in focus areas and exchange ideas with us or others.

1. Thaw one vial of irradiated feeder cells by swirling gently in 37oC water bath until all of the contents are thawed. One vial of 2×10^6 cells is sufficient to prepare two10-cm dishes, or two 6-well or 12-well plates (about 3-4×10^4/cm2).
2. Spray vial with 70% ethanol and wipe dry before placing in tissue culture hood.
3. Gently add 1 ml prewarmed feeder cell medium (alphaMEM or DMEM/F12 with 10% FBS), mix with contents of cryovial and transfer into 15-ml conical tube containing 4 ml prewarmed feeder cell medium.
4. Centrifuge the cells at 200g at room temperature for 5 min and discard the supernatant.
5. Resuspend the feeder cells in 12 ml feeder cell medium. If using a 6-well plate: add 1 ml of feeder cell suspension to each well of the 6-well plate containing 1 ml fresh feeder cell media per well. If using a 10-cm tissue culture dish: add 6 ml of feeder cell suspension to 10-cm tissue culture dish containing 6 ml fresh feeder cell media. If using a 12-well plate: add 0.5 ml feeder cell suspension to each well of 12-well plate containing 1 ml fresh feeder cell media per well. Gently shake the dish left/right and up/down 10-20 times without swirling the plate to evenly distribute the cells across the plate.
6. Incubate the cells in 37 1C, 5% CO2, overnight.
CRITICAL STEP When moving the feeder cell plates from the tissue culture hood to incubator, do not swirl the medium, as this tends to cause the cells to accumulate in the center. Immediately after placing the plates in the incubator, slide the plates forward and backward (2–3 cm) two times, then left to right (2–3 cm) two times to ensure equal distribution of the cells. Use within 5–7 days.
7. Split stem cells (~2.5 x 10^5 to 5 x 10^5 cells, or ~10% confluence) into plate with feeder cells: aspirate medium from ESC or iPSC, wash with PBS and add 0.5 ml of 0.05% trypsin. Incubate at 37oC, 5% CO2, for 5 min.
8. Inactivate trypsin with 3 ml stem cell medium (e.g. DMEM + 20% knockout serum replacement), and collect cell clumps in 15-ml conical tube avoiding making single cell suspension because ESC tends to die in single cell form.
9. Centrifuge at 200g at room temperature for 4 min.
10. Aspirate feeder medium from feeder plates (cells incubated in Step 6), rinse with one ml of stem cell medium and add 5 ml of stem cell medium and return to incubator.
11. Aspirate and discard supernatant from the conical tube in Step 8, resuspend cells in 5 ml stem cell medium, gently dispense the cell pellet three times, add to feeder cell wells or dishes.
12. Incubate stem cells grown on feeder cells at 37oC, 5% CO2, for 48 h.
13. Aspirate medium and replace with stem cell medium every day; if iPSC colony number is low, replace medium every two days.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 iPSCs and other stem cells, Open Forum No Comments

Retroviral Vectors with Integrated oriP/EBNA1 for IPSC

The new product of the week of Sep 21-27 is the retrovirus plasmid sets that contain a built-in episomal expression system. As we have discussed previously, OriP/EBNA1 system originated from Epstein-Bar virus, which allows the establishment of stable episomes at 5-20 copies per cell, and duplication once per cell division.

By using the oriP/EBNA1 episomal system, reprogramming cDNAs can be expressed at prolonged time period in reference to plasmid transfection, without integration into chromosomal DNA. A paper published in PLoS One on Sep 18, 2009 by Marchetto et al. showed that by using such a system (on different plasmids) the authors were able to create induced pluripotent stems cells (iPS cells,) effectively from human embryo neural precursor cells.

The Allele pCHAC-EBNA system has dual functions: it can be ready-to-use plasmids for episomal expression of Oct4, Sox2, c-Myc, Klf4, or Nanog and Lin28 by a simple transfection into target cells; it can also be packaged into retroviruses by transfecting into the Allele Phoenix Retrovirus packaging Eco or Ampho cells. This product group is officially launched today. It should become a highly convenient and unique tool for iPSC-related studies.

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 Customer Feedback, iPSCs and other stem cells No Comments