A Scalable and Efficient Bioprocess for Manufacturing Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Endothelial Cells

Haishuang Lin, Qian Du, Qiang Li, Ou Wang, Zhanqi Wang, Neety Sahu, Christian Elowsky, Kan Liu, Chi Zhang, Soonkyu Chung, Bin Duan, Yuguo Lei

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Endothelial cells (ECs) are of great value for cell therapy, tissue engineering, and drug discovery. Obtaining high-quantity and -quality ECs remains very challenging. Here, we report a method for the scalable manufacturing of ECs from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). hPSCs are expanded and differentiated into ECs in a 3D thermoreversible PNIPAAm-PEG hydrogel. The hydrogel protects cells from hydrodynamic stresses in the culture vessel and prevents cells from excessive agglomeration, leading to high-culture efficiency including high-viability (>90%), high-purity (>80%), and high-volumetric yield (2.0 × 107 cells/mL). These ECs (i.e., 3D-ECs) had similar properties as ECs made using 2D culture systems (i.e., 2D-ECs). Genome-wide gene expression analysis showed that 3D-ECs had higher expression of genes related to vasculature development, extracellular matrix, and glycolysis, while 2D-ECs had higher expression of genes related to cell proliferation. Endothelial cells (ECs) differentiated from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) are needed in large numbers for regenerative medicine. In this article, Lei and colleagues describe a simple and innovative method for the scalable production of ECs from hPSCs. The method has potential to make ECs broadly available and affordable for various applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-469
Number of pages16
JournalStem Cell Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 14 2018



  • 3D culture
  • endothelial cells
  • human pluripotent stem cells
  • thermoreversible hydrogel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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