Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), under the right conditions, can be engineered to generate populations of any somatic cell type. Knowledge of what mechanisms govern differentiation towards a particular lineage is often quite useful for efficiently producing somatic cell populations from hPSCs. Here, we have outlined a strategy for deriving populations of simple epithelial cells, as well as more mature epidermal keratinocyte progenitors, from hPSCs by exploiting a mechanism previously shown to direct epithelial differentiation of hPSCs. Specifically, we describe how to direct epithelial differentiation of hPSCs using an Src family kinase inhibitor, SU6656, which has been shown to modulate p-catenin translocation to the cell membrane and thus promote epithelial differentiation. The differentiation platform outlined here produces cells with the ability to terminally differentiate to epidermal keratinocytes in culture through a stable simple epithelial cell intermediate that can be expanded in culture for numerous (>10) passages.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology