Label-free identification and characterization of human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes using second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy

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Abstract

Pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (PSC-CMs) are a potentially unlimited source of cardiomyocytes (CMs) for cardiac transplantation therapies. The establishment of pure PSC-CM populations is important for this application, but is hampered by a lack of CM-specific surface markers suitable for their identification and sorting. Contemporary purification techniques are either non-specific or require genetic modification. We report a second harmonic generation (SHG) signal detectable in PSC-CMs that is attributable to sarcomeric myosin, dependent on PSC-CM maturity, and retained while PSC-CMs are in suspension. Our study demonstrates the feasibility of developing a SHG-activated flow cytometer for the non-invasive purification of PSC-CMs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biophotonics
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Cardiomyocytes
  • Cell separation
  • Myosin
  • Pluripotent stem cells
  • Second harmonic generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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