Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) acquire changes at the genomic level upon proliferation and differentiation (Peterson and Loring, 2014). Studies from International Stem Cell Initiative and independent laboratories identified a copy number variant (CNV) in hES cell lines displaying a normal karyotype, which provided a selective advantage to hES cells in culture. In our laboratory we have identified variant H9-hESC (derived from H9-hESC) with normal karyotype, pluripotency expression, differentiation profile but with altered traits of high cell survival and low E-CADHERIN expression.
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