Fine tuning of hepatocyte differentiation from human embryonic stem cells: Growth factor vs. Small molecule-based approaches

Divya S. Varghese, Thilina Thejinda Alawathugoda, Suraiya A. Ansari

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Abstract

Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are being utilized in diverse areas of studies such as development and disease modeling, cell replacement therapy, or drug toxicity testing because of their potential to be differentiated into any cell type in the body. The directed differentiation of hESCs into hepatocytes could provide an invaluable source of liver cells for various liver-based applications. Therefore, several protocols have been established in the past for hESC-hepatocyte differentiation based on the knowledge of signaling pathways and growth factors involved in different stages of embryonic hepatogenesis. Although successful derivation of hepatocytes has been achieved through these protocols, the efficiency is not always ideal. Herein, we have tested several combinations of published protocols, for example, growth factor vs. small molecule and different time durations of treatment for definitive endoderm (DE) induction and further hepatocyte differentiation to develop an efficient DE induction and hepatocyte differentiation in a highly reproducible manner based on the stage-specific marker expression and functional analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5968236
JournalStem Cells International
Volume2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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