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Molecular beacon-enabled purification of living cells by targeting cell type-specific mRNAs

Authors
 Brian M. Wile  ;  Kiwon Ban  ;  Young-Sup Yoon  ;  Gang Bao 
Citation
 Nature Protocols, Vol.9(10) : 2411-2424, 2014 
Journal Title
 Nature Protocols 
ISSN
 1754-2189 
Issue Date
2014
Abstract
Molecular beacons (MBs) are dual-labeled oligonucleotides that fluoresce only in the presence of complementary mRNA. The use of MBs to target specific mRNAs allows sorting of specific cells from a mixed cell population. In contrast to existing approaches that are limited by available surface markers or selectable metabolic characteristics, the MB-based method enables the isolation of a wide variety of cells. For example, the ability to purify specific cell types derived from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) is important for basic research and therapeutics. In addition to providing a general protocol for MB design, validation and nucleofection into cells, we describe how to isolate a specific cell population from differentiating PSCs. By using this protocol, we have successfully isolated cardiomyocytes differentiated from mouse or human PSCs (hPSCs) with ∼ 97% purity, as confirmed by electrophysiology and immunocytochemistry. After designing MBs, their ordering and validation requires 2 weeks, and the isolation process requires 3 h.
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10.1038/nprot.2014.154
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Yoon, Young Sup(윤영섭)
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