Preparation of autogenic human feeder cells for growth of human embryonic stem cells.

Current protocols in stem cell biology

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Gonzalez R, Loring JF, Snyder EY. Preparation of autogenic human feeder cells for growth of human embryonic stem cells. Curr Protoc Stem Cell Biol. 2008;Chapter 1Unit 1C.5.1-1C.5.15.
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) that are currently distributed under NIH guidelines, as well as many of those that are not on the NIH registry, have been derived and maintained in coculture with growth-arrested mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Using this mouse support system may compromise the therapeutic potential of these hESCs because of the risk of transmitting xenopathogens. Alternatively, to reduce this risk, methods to culture undifferentiated hESCs on autologous hESC-derived human feeder layers have now been developed. This feeder cell system derived from hESCs successfully prolongs growth of undifferentiated hESCs and eliminates risk factors and concerns about using xenogeneic or unknown allogeneic feeders. In this unit, we provide the necessary protocols for an autogeneic human feeder system that efficiently supports hESC growth and maintenance of pluripotency. Curr. Protoc. Stem Cell Biol. 4:1C.5.1-1C.5.15. (c) 2008 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.