Posted in    Dec 25th, 2007

Identification of Small Molecules from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Using Metabolomics

Stem Cells and Development

Volume 16, Issue 6, 25 December 2007, Pages 869-882

Metabolomics enables the discovery of small molecules that may serve as candidate biomarkers of pharmacological efficacy or toxicity. Biochemical pathways of human development are likely active in human embryonic stem (hES) cells and derivatives, since they recapitulate organogenesis in vitro. We hypothesized that small molecules could be measured from undifferentiated hES cells and hES cell-derived neural precursors (hNPs) using metabolomics and that these compounds are altered in response to known disruptors of human development. Metabolite profiling was performed in hES cells and hNPs after exposure to valproate, an inducer of neurodevelopmental disorders.

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