This unit describes a protocol to isolate hematopoietic progenitors and stem cells from human placentae isolated at different time points in development and at the full-term gestational stage. The placenta is extensively washed to eliminate blood contamination on its surface and inside the villi (the vascular compartments of the placenta). The placenta is then mechanically minced into pieces, which are subsequently digested with an enzyme cocktail. After dissociation and filtration, placental cells are available for further phenotypic and functional analyses.

enzymatic treatment, hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell isolation, human placenta
dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470151808.sc02a09s14, hdl.handle.net/1765/68343
American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics
Biophysical Genomics, Department Cell Biology & Genetics

Robin, C, & Dzierzak, E.A. (2010). Preparation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from the human placenta. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. doi:10.1002/9780470151808.sc02a09s14