iCell Motor Neurons, 01279

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Catalog #: R1051
Catalog #: R1049

Cells Only

Catalog #: C1050
Catalog #: C1048
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Motor Neurons differentiated from human iPS cells, frozen

Catalog # GMNC01279

Product Overview

Innervation of muscle fibers by spinal motor neurons is essential for controlling muscle contraction and ultimately coordinated movement. Neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS and SMA, are a result of the progressive degeneration of motor neurons that leads to an uncoupling of this process. In order to provide researchers with a model system for understanding basic motor neuron biology and to develop treatments for these diseases, FCDI offers iCell® Motor Neurons. iCell Motor Neurons are a highly pure population of human spinal motor neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells with the following features:

  • Fully differentiated, ≥90% (β-III tubulin) pure population of primarily cholinergic human neurons (≥70% Isl1/2 at 14 days in vitro)
  • Display typical neuronal morphology with branching neurites and remain viable for an extended culture period (≥14 days)
  • Express markers characteristic of motor neurons
  • Available in commercial quantities
  • Easy to use: Simply thaw and plate

These cells provide a reliable source of human neurons suitable for use within:

  • Basic and translational research: Studying neurodegenerative diseases like ALS & SMA, myelination/demyelination, and neurogenesis
  • Drug discovery: For diseases such as ALS and SMA
  • Bioengineering: Development of neuromuscular junction models
  • Applied markets: BoNT testing
  • Toxicology and safety pharma: For testing chemical warfare agents, effects of chemical pesticides, etc.


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Performance Data

iCell Motor Neurons are High Purity

Flow cytometry data verify a highly pure (Tuj positive), fully differentiated (Nestin negative) motor neuron (Isl1/2) population.

Figure 1: Flow Cytometry Analysis

Figure 2: Morphology

Expected Motor Neuron Morphology

The cells display typical morphology, developing branched networks within 1 DIV (Panel A), expanding beyond 7 DIV (Panel B) and forming ganglionic structures near 14 DIV (Panel C).

Immunocytochemical Analysis Shows Expected Neuronal Markers

iCell Motor Neurons were stained at 14 DIV for characteristic neuronal and motor neuron markers.

Figure 3:  Immunocytochemical Analysis

Figure 4: Gene Expression Analysis

Gene Expression Analysis of iCell Motor Neurons: Lot to Lot Consistency

qPCR was performed at 14 DIV to assess the relative expression of neuronal and motor neuron markers within two different lots of iCell Motor Neurons, spinal cord, and iPSCs.

Product Highlights

Diverse Applications

iCell Motor Neurons are amenable to a variety of uses, including co-culture with human skeletal myotubes or plating on multielectrode array (MEA) platforms. Additional suitable applications are:

Cell-based Assays

  • Cell viability
  • Calcium signaling
  • Metabolic assays
  • Mitophagy
  • Neurite outgrowth and retraction

Electrophysiological Applications

  • Conventional patch clamp recording
  • MEA recording

Advantages of iCell Motor Neurons

  • Human relevance: iCell Motor Neurons recapitulate human spinal motor neurons biology and functionality.
  • Reproducible research: High purity (>70% ISL1+ at 14 DIV) and rigorous quality control ensure consistent mechanistic studies of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Rapid results: Get results faster with optimized media and fully differentiated cryopreserved neurons, not precursors. Just thaw, plate, and assay.