Sunday, July 26, 2009

STEMEZ hN2 Human Neurons-Data

Neuromics rolled out STEMEZTM hN2 Human Neurons Discovery Kits several months ago.

Applications for these include: cellular model studies, high content screening, developmental studies, RNAi studies and genetic manipulation.

Drilling down further, I am pleased to present Electro-physiology and related data generated by Aruna and collaborators: hN2 Cells-Electro Phys Data Supplement

hN2-Whole Cell Voltage Clamp
Figure. hN2 cells can produce inward currents that generate action potentials. (A) Isolated hN2 with significant neurite growth 1 week after plating . This cell was subjected to whole cell voltage clamp utilizing a potassium gluconate based intracellular solution. (B) Voltage gated inward and outward currents were elicited from this cell with depolarizing voltage steps. (C) Inward currents from another cell (potassium gluconate intracellular) were abolished by local application of 1 µM tetrodotoxin (red trace) while outward currents remained. Inward current recovered as TTX washed out of the region (green trace). (D) A different cell which exhibited voltage activated inward currents that inactivated in response to a 50 ms prepulse at different membrane potentials. The experiment was done 27 days after the removal of bFGF. A cesium gluconate based intracellular solution was used for this experiment to block outward potassium currents. The membrane potential for half maximal inactivation by standard Boltzman fitting (red line) was -40.1 mV with a slope of 4.7. (E) Recovery from fast inactivation utilizing a paired pulse protocol in the same cell as C. The single exponential time constant for recovery of inactivation was 1.7 ms (red line). (F) A different cell which elicited an overshooting action potential upon current injection under whole cell current clamp utilizing a potassium gluconate based intracellular solution. Inset: Response of the same cell under voltage clamp to a change in membrane potential from -80 mV to -10 mV elicited a peak current of 457 pA. Scale bars for inset: 5 ms, 0.2 nA.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stem Cell Markers

Yet more confirmations of the potency of our Stem Cell Markers.

In this study the authors demonstrate a between SSCs and RET.

ETV5 is expressed beginning in fetal Sertoli cells and can potentially have effects on both neonatal Sertoli and germ cells. In addition, ETV5 has critical effects on neonatal spermatogonial proliferation, which may involve impaired signaling through the RET receptor.

Gaurav Tyagi, Kay Carnes, Carla Morrow, Natalia V. Kostereva, Gail C. Ekman, Daryl D. Meling,
Chris Hostetler, Michael Griswold, Kenneth M. Murphy, Rex A. Hess, Marie-Claude Hofmann and Paul S. Cooke. Loss of Etv5 Decreases Proliferation and RET Levels in neonatal Mouse Testicular Germ Cells and Causes an Abnormal First Wave of Spermatogenesis.

Images: Ret IHC in WT and Etv5-/- testes (n=4). The intensity of RET staining per spermatogonia is markedly reduced in Etv5-/- testis (B) even though the number of cells staining for RET are comparable to the WT (A) testis. Insets are higher magnification of spermatogonia showing differences in staining intensity. Bars = 50 μm in A and B, insets = 10 μm.

Patent:Neuronal progenitors from feeder-free human embryonic stem cell culture.
Inventor: Stice, et al.
Date Issued: May 12, 2009
Application: 11/243,819
Stice; Steve (Athens, GA)Shin; Soojung (Baltimore, MD)Dhara; Sujoy (Athens, GA)
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA)Include use of Nestin antibody

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