Mineralized gelatin methacrylate-based matrices induce osteogenic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells

Heemin Kang, Yu Ru V. Shih, Yongsung Hwang, Cai Wen, Vikram Rao, Timothy Seo, Shyni Varghese

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Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) are a promising cell source with pluripotency and self-renewal properties. Design of simple and robust biomaterials with an innate ability to induce lineage-specificity of hiPSC is desirable to realize their application in regenerative medicine. In this study, the potential of biomaterials containing calcium phosphate minerals to induce osteogenic differentiation of hiPSC was investigated. hiPSC cultured using mineralized gelatin methacrylate-based matrices underwent osteogenic differentiation ex vivo, in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional cultures, in growth medium devoid of any osteogenic-inducing chemical components or growth factors. The findings that osteogenic differentiation of hiPSC can be achieved through biomaterial-based cues alone present new avenues for personalized regenerative medicine. Such biomaterials that could not only act as structural scaffolds, but could also provide tissue-specific functions such as directing stem cell differentiation commitment, have great potential in bone tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4961-4970
Number of pages10
JournalActa Biomaterialia
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Bone tissue engineering
  • Calcium phosphate
  • Gelatin methacrylate
  • Human induced pluripotent stem cells
  • Osteogenic differentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology

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