A Chemical Probe that Labels Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Nao Hirata, Masato Nakagawa, Yuto Fujibayashi, Kaori Yamauchi, Asako Murata, Itsunari Minami, Maiko Tomioka, Takayuki Kondo, Ting Fang Kuo, Hiroshi Endo, Haruhisa Inoue, Shin Ichi Sato, Shin Ando, Yoshinori Kawazoe, Kazuhiro Aiba, Koh Nagata, Eihachiro Kawase, Young Tae Chang, Hirofumi Suemori, Koji EtoHiromitsu Nakauchi, Shinya Yamanaka, Norio Nakatsuji, Kazumitsu Ueda, Motonari Uesugi

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A small-molecule fluorescent probe specific for human pluripotent stem cells would serve as a useful tool for basic cell biology research and stem cell therapy. Screening of fluorescent chemical libraries with human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and subsequent evaluation of hit molecules identified a fluorescent compound (Kyoto probe 1 [KP-1]) that selectively labels human pluripotent stem cells. Our analyses indicated that the selectivity results primarily from a distinct expression pattern of ABC transporters in human pluripotent stem cells and from the transporter selectivity of KP-1. Expression of ABCB1 (MDR1) and ABCG2 (BCRP), both of which cause the efflux of KP-1, is repressed in human pluripotent stem cells. Although KP-1, like other pluripotent markers, is not absolutely specific for pluripotent stem cells, the identified chemical probe may be used in conjunction with other reagents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1165-1174
Number of pages10
JournalCell Reports
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 27 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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