Recombinant zebrafish FGF-2 (bFGF) protein (Qk002)
Zebrafish FGF-2 protein (bFGF/basic FGF) has been used extensively to support the maintenance and proliferation of human and mouse induced pluripotent (iPSC) and embryonic stem cells (ESC); used in the original Ludwig et al feeder-free culture of embryonic stem cells protocols 1-3.
High purity 17 kDa FGF2 / bFGF protein, animal-derived component free (ACDF) and carrier-protein free (CF). This version of recombinant zebrafish FGF2 is used by the core facility at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK and historically by many of the stem cell groups based at University of Cambridge.
Zebrafish FGF2 activity is determined using the Promega serum response element luciferase reporter assay (*) in transfected HEK293T cells.
Cells are treated in triplicate with a serial dilution of FGF2 for 6 hours. Firefly luciferase activity is measured and normalized to the control Renilla luciferase activity. EC50 = 0.42 ng/ml (24.7 pM). Data are from Qk002 batch #011
FGF2 migrates as major band at 17 kDa in non-reducing (-βME) conditions and upon reduction (+βME). The higher molecular mass band at 35 kDa is a dimer that we always see in our highly purified zebrafish FGF2 protein, the presence of this does not affect biological activity. Purified recombinant protein (7 µg) was resolved using 15% w/v SDS-PAGE in reduced (+β-mercaptothanol, R) and non-reduced conditions (NR) and stained with Coomassie Brilliant Blue R250.
Data from Qk002 lot #011
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Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) – also known as basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) – has a broad range of physiological roles including regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. FGF2 is used to support the maintenance of human embryonic stem cells and proliferation and differentiation of induced pluripotent and mesenchymal stem cells.
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FGF2 for pancreatic cancer sphere systems
Stem cell researcher, University of Oxford, UK –
We have also used the FGF2 for pancreatic cancer sphere systems and it seems to support the growth of the cells as we would expect. University of Oxford, UK.