Defined and Scalable Generation of Hepatocyte-like Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Yu Wang, Sharmin Alhaque, Katherine Cameron, Jose Meseguer ripollés, Baltasar Lucendo Villarin, Hassan Rashidi, David Hay

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Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) possess great value for biomedical research. hPSCs can be scaled and differentiated to all cell types found in the human body. The differentiation of hPSCs to human hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) has been extensively studied, and efficient differentiation protocols have been established. The combination of extracellular matrix and biological stimuli, including growth factors, cytokines, and small molecules, have made it possible to generate HLCs that resemble primary human hepatocytes. However, the majority of procedures still employ undefined components, giving rise to batch-to-batch variation. This serves as a significant barrier to the application of the technology. To tackle this issue, we developed a defined system for hepatocyte differentiation using human recombinant laminins as extracellular matrices in combination with a serum-free differentiation process. Highly efficient hepatocyte specification was achieved, with demonstrated improvements in both HLC function and phenotype. Importantly, this system is easy to scale up using research and GMP-grade hPSC lines promising advances in cell-based modelling and therapies.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere55355
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
Issue number121
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2017


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