Erythropoiesis pp 275-284 | Cite as

Growing and Genetically Manipulating Human Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Erythroid Progenitor (HUDEP) Cell Lines

  • Divya S. Vinjamur
  • Daniel E. Bauer
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1698)


The recently established human umbilical cord blood-derived erythroid progenitor (HUDEP) cell lines have equipped red blood cell researchers with valuable in vitro models of erythroid development. Of the three established HUDEP cell lines, HUDEP-2 cells express predominantly adult β-globin and most closely resemble adult erythroid cells. This chapter describes culture protocols for the maintenance and erythroid differentiation of HUDEP-2 cells. Methods to genetically manipulate HUDEP-2 cells using a CRISPR/Cas9 nuclease-based approach are also discussed.

Key words

HUDEP Immortalized erythroid cell line Erythroid differentiation Hemoglobin switching Fetal hemoglobin CRISPR/Cas9 



D.E.B. is supported by NIDDK (K08DK093705, R03DK109232), Burroughs Wellcome Fund, American Society of Hematology, and the Doris Duke Charitable, Charles H. Hood, and Cooley’s Anemia Foundations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Hematology/OncologyBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Stem Cell InstituteBostonUSA

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