Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells without genetic defects by small molecules

Hang Soo Park, Insik Hwang, Kyung Ah Choi, Hyesun Jeong, Ji Yun Lee, Sunghoi Hong

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The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) often causes genetic and epigenetic defects, which may limit their clinical applications. Here, we show that reprogramming in the presence of small molecules preserved the genomic stability of iPSCs by inhibiting DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) and activating Zscan4 gene. Surprisingly, the small molecules protected normal karyotype by facilitating repair of the DSBs that occurred during the early reprogramming process and long-term culture of iPSCs. The stemness and cell growth of iPSCs(+) were normally sustained with high expression of pluripotency genes compared that of iPSCs(-). Moreover, small molecules maintained the differentiation potential of iPSCs(+) for the three germ layers, whereas it was lost in iPSCs(-). Our results demonstrate that the defined small molecules are potent factors for generation of high quality iPSCs with preservation of genomic integrity by facilitating the reprogramming process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • DNA double-strand breaks
  • Genomic stability
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Small molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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