Human Pluripotent Stem Cells pp 333-341

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 767)

Nucleofection of Human Embryonic Stem Cells

  • Helen Fong
  • K. A. Hohenstein Elliott
  • Leslie F. Lock
  • Peter J. Donovan


The ability to realize the full potential of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) as tools for ­understanding human development and advancing the field of regenerative medicine is dependent on efficient methods to genetically manipulate these cells. There are several methods for introducing foreign DNA into cells such as electroporation, lipid-based transfection technology, and viral transduction. We describe here a method to transfect human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) using nucleofection technology. This unique method uses the Nucleofector II Device that combines the use of a cell type-specific Nucleofector Solution and preprogrammed electrical parameters to efficiently deliver DNA into the cell nucleus. The use of this technology allows high-efficiency transfer of nucleic acids into hESCs enabling both transient and stable manipulation of gene expression in these cells.

Key words

human embryonic stem cells pluripotent stem cells nucleofection transfection transgene expression RNA interference neurotrophins 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Fong
    • 1
  • K. A. Hohenstein Elliott
    • 2
  • Leslie F. Lock
    • 3
  • Peter J. Donovan
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological Chemistry, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, School of MedicineUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Peter Donovan Lab, Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Biological Chemistry and Developmental and Cell Biology, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, School of Biological SciencesUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA

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