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recombinant human LIF protein (Qk036)

Human LIF (leukemia inhibitory factor) protein suppresses the differentiation of murine embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and is widely used in ESC and iPSC culture.1

Qkine human LIF protein is high purity and animal and carrier-protein free for reproducible results.

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1mg may be despatched as 2 x 500µg


  • high purity human LIF protein (Uniprot: P15018)

  • 20 kDa

  • expressed in E. coli. 

  • animal-free (AOF) and carrier protein-free.

  • manufactured in our Cambridge, UK laboratories

  • lyophilized from acetonitrile, TFA

  • resuspend in 10mM HCl at >100 µg/ml, prepare single use aliquots, add carrier protein if desired and store frozen at -20 oC or -80 oC

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featured applications

  • propagation of ES cells in feeder or feeder-free chemically defined culture systems

  • human LIF can be used in the maintenance of murine ESCs

leukemia inhibitory factor, Differentiation-stimulating factor, D factor, melanoma-derived LPL inhibitor (MLPLI)

species similarity:
bovine – 88%
porcine – 87%
rat – 83%
mouse – 78%


Human LIF Qk036 protein bioactivity lot #14293

LIF growth factor bioactivity is determined in a LIF responsive firefly luciferase reporter assay, EC50 = 0.28 ng/ml (14.1 pM).

HEK293T cells are treated (in triplicate) with a serial dilution of LIF overnight. Firefly luciferase activity is measured and normalised to the control Renilla luciferase activity. Data from Qk036 lot #104293.


Human LIF Qk036 protein purity SDS-PAGE lot #14293

Human LIF protein (Qk036) migrates as a single band at 20 kDa in non-reducing (NR) and upon reduction (R)

Purified recombinant human LIF protein (3 μg) was resolved using 15% w/v SDS-PAGE in reduced (+β-mercaptoethanol, R) and non-reduced conditions (NR) and stained with Coomassie Brilliant Blue R250. Data from Qk036 lot #104293.

further quality assays

  • mass spectrometry: single species with expected mass

  • analytical reversed-phase: single sharp peak 

  • endotoxin: <0.005 EU/μg protein (below level of detection)

  • recovery from stock vial >95%

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We are a company founded and run by scientists to support innovation in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.  To enhance reliability and reproducibility in your applications, all our products are exceptionally high purity, with complete characterisation and bioactivity analysis on every lot.

protein background

LIF is a pleiotrophic factor that belongs to the IL-6 superfamily of cytokines. Acting through a heterodimeric receptor of LIFR (gp190) and gp130, LIF activates a number of cellular pathways including the JAK/STAT, PI3K and MAPK pathways.2 LIF signalling is essential for maintenance of murine pluripotency.1 Human LIF can be used for the maintenance of mouse embryonic stem cells, however mouse LIF cannot bind to the human receptor, thus rendering mouse LIF inactive on human cells.3

1. Graf, U., Casanova, E. A. & Cinelli, P. The Role of the Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF) — Pathway in Derivation and Maintenance of Murine Pluripotent Stem Cells. Genes (Basel) 2, 280–297 (2011).
2. Nicola, N. A. & Babon, J. J. Leukemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF). Cytokine Growth Factor Rev 26, 533–544 (2015).
3. Dahéron, L. et al. LIF/STAT3 signaling fails to maintain self-renewal of human embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells 22, 770–778 (2004).

We welcome all feedback and specialist collaborator data on all our products. If you would like to provide application-specific feedback, please submit a review or contact our team

Our products are for research use only and not for diagnostic or therapeutic use.  Products are not for resale.

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