Melanoblasts as Multipotent Cells in Murine Skin

  • Tsutomu MotohashiEmail author
  • Takahiro Kunisada
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1879)


Melanoblasts (MBs) are melanocyte precursors that are derived from neural crest cells (NCCs). We recently demonstrated the multipotency of MBs; they differentiate not only into pigmented melanocytes but also other NCC derivatives. We herein describe methods for the isolation of MBs from mouse skin by flow cytometry. Methods to culture isolated MBs that retain their multipotency and isolation methods for MBs using gene-modified mouse are also described.


CD45 Flow cytometer KIT Melanoblasts Multipotency SOX10 



This study was supported by a grant from the program Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Tissue and Organ Development, Regeneration and Advanced Medical ScienceGifu University Graduate School of MedicineGifuJapan

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