Skip to main content

Open Access A Simplified In Vitro Teratoma Assay for Pluripotent Stem Cells Injected Into Rodent Fetal Organs

Download Article:
(HTML 47.91796875 kb)
(PDF 910.568359375 kb)


Teratoma formation assays are established methods for evaluating the pluripotency of embryonic stem (ES) cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Teratoma formation in immunodeficient mice takes approximately 2 months. Here, we have developed a novel assay system for developing teratomas in vitro from ES cells and iPS cells in a short period. In vitro culture of ES, iPS, and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in fetal rat metanephroi for 1 week resulted in distinct cell-dependent distribution patterns: Pluripotent cells (ES and iPS cells) formed aggregated masses, whereas MSCs showed disseminated distribution. The aggregated masses that had developed from ES cells and iPS cells after 2 weeks of culture comprised teratomas, though they were largely composed of immature components. Furthermore, in vitro organ culture for 1 week followed by relay transplantation into immunodeficient mice resulted in considerably rapid growing teratomas (teratomas developed in 4 weeks) having similar pathological features as of the teratomas developed using conventional 7-week in vivo teratoma formation assays. In addition, the initial cell number required in the in vitro assay was 1 × 103 cells, which was about 1% of the number of cells required in the conventional in vivo teratoma formation assays. These results suggest that the in vitro teratoma assay is a rapid and convenient screening system and might be an alternative method for developing teratomas for investigating the pluripotency of ES cells and iPS cells.

Keywords: ES cells; Fetal rat metanephros; Organ culture; Teratoma formation; iPS cells

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-01-01

More about this publication?
  • The importance of translating original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell therapy and its application to human diseases to society has led to the formation of the journal Cell Medicine. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, the same rigorous peer review will be applied to articles published in Cell Medicine. Articles may deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, and stem cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers may also be featured if they have a translational interest. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Medicine will report on relevant technological advances and their potential for translational medicine. Cell Medicine will be a purely online Open Access journal. There will therefore be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow your work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle you to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of your manuscript.
  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more