Monitoring cell line identity in collections of human induced pluripotent stem cells


The ability to reprogram somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) has led to the generation of large collections of cell lines from thousands of individuals with specific phenotypes, many of which will be shared among different research groups as invaluable tools for biomedical research. As hiPSC-based research involves extensive culture of many cell lines, the issue periodic cell line identification is particularly important to ensure that cell line identity remains accurate. Here we analyzed the different commercially available genotyping methods considering ease of in-house genotyping, cost and informativeness, and applied one of them in our workflow for hiPSC generation. We show that the chosen STR method was able to establish a unique DNA profile for each of the 35 individuals/hiPSC lines at the examined sites, as well as identify two discrepancies resulting from inadvertently exchanged samples. Our results highlight the importance of hiPSC line genotyping by an in-house method that allows periodic cell line identification and demonstrate that STR is a useful approach to supplement less frequent karyotyping and epigenetic evaluations. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Authors Sarafian R, Morato-Marques M, Borsoi J, Pereira LV
Journal Stem cell research
Publication Date 2018 Apr;28:66-70
PubMed 29433076
DOI 10.1016/j.scr.2018.01.030

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