Erythropoiesis pp 259-274 | Cite as

In Vitro Erythroid Differentiation and Lentiviral Knockdown in Human CD34+ Cells from Umbilical Cord Blood

  • Anna Kovilakath
  • Safa Mohamad
  • Farrah Hermes
  • Shou Zhen Wang
  • Gordon D. Ginder
  • Joyce A. Lloyd
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1698)


Human umbilical cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. CD34+ cells in umbilical cord blood are more primitive than those in peripheral blood or bone marrow, and can proliferate at a high rate and differentiate into multiple cell types. In this protocol, a dependable method is described for the isolation of fetal CD34+ cells from umbilical cord blood and expanding these cells in culture. The cells can then be in vitro differentiated along an erythroid pathway, while simultaneously performing knockdown of a gene of choice. The use of lentiviral vectors that express small hairpin RNA (shRNA) is an efficient method to downregulate genes. Flow cytometric analyses are used to enrich for erythroid cells. Using these methods, one can generate in vitro differentiated cells to use for quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR and other purposes.

Key words

Umbilical cord blood CD34+ cells Lentiviral infection shRNA knockdown Erythroid differentiation 



We would like to thank the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank (SLCBB, St. Louis, MO) for providing us with fresh umbilical cord blood.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Kovilakath
    • 1
  • Safa Mohamad
    • 1
  • Farrah Hermes
    • 1
  • Shou Zhen Wang
    • 2
  • Gordon D. Ginder
    • 2
    • 3
  • Joyce A. Lloyd
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Human and Molecular GeneticsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Massey Cancer CenterVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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