Stem Cell Core

The Stem Cell Core of Biocenter Kuopio

The stem cell core facility of Biocenter Kuopio is a comprehensive provider of human pluripotent stem cell services at A.I. Virtanen Institute, Kuopio campus of the University of Eastern Finland.

iPSC-derived, patient derived cells serve as models to study human development or pathophysiological mechanisms of diseases. They can also lead to development of novel treatments or discovery of biomarkers.

We ¬†generate induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines from somatic cells provided by the client. Our stem cell core operates on a fee-for-service basis in providing custom iPSC derivation using the non-integrative Sendai virus technology and¬†combination of the four “Yamanaka factors” (OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and C-MYC) for reprogramming of somatic cells. The standard cell type used is skin fibroblast and the starting material can either be a fibroblast cell line or a fresh skin biopsy. Special arrangements can be made for the reprogramming of other cell types. We guarantee the derivation of several iPSC lines from the cells provided by the client. In the case reprogramming is not successful, there will be no charge for this attempt. We can also help with culture and expansion of the iPSCs as well as with differentiation towards neurons, astrocytes, endothelial cells and cardiomyocytes.