Dopaminergic Neurons

Gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of neuronal signaling and tease apart variations due to age, gender, and donor variability with neurons derived from human iPS cells.

  • Quick-Neuron™ Dopaminergic Kits provide you with a quick and easy way to turn your iPS cells into dopaminergic neurons.


  • ~ 1 week differentiation
  • Highly pure population
  • No genetic footprint
  • Differentiation Kits available


Differentiation kit workflow

Representative images of Quick-Neuron Dopaminergic - mRNA Kit cell cultures on days 1-10 post-differentiation (scale bar = 100 μm).

Immunofluorescent staining of Quick-Neuron™ Dopaminergic - mRNA Kit cell cultures shows typical neurite growth and expression of the pan-neuronal marker TUBB3 and the dopaminergic neuron-specific marker TH on day 7 post-differentiation (scale bar = 100 μm). Staining conditions: Anti-β-III tubulin monoclonal antibody (R&D Systems, Catalog Number: MAB1195, 1:250 dilution) in combination with a secondary antibody (Invitrogen,Catalog Number: A32723 Goat anti-Mouse IgG (H+L) Highly Cross-Adsorbed Secondary Antibody, AlexaFluor Plus 488, 1:500 dilution). Anti-TH primary antibody (Abcam, Catalog Number: ab6211, 1:1000 dilution) in combination with a secondary antibody (Invitrogen, Catalog Number: A11037, Goat anti-Rabbit IgG (H+L) Highly Cross-Adsorbed Secondary Antibody, Alexa Fluor 594, 1:500 dilution). Nuclei were counterstained with Hoechst 33342.

Dopaminergic Neuron Differentiation Kits

Our Quick-Neuron™ Dopaminergic - mRNA Kits (small and large sizes available) allow researchers to quickly, easily, and efficiently differentiate their iPS or ES cell line of choice into dopaminergic neurons. The kits utilize synthetic messenger RNA (syn-mRNA) to deliver our proprietary cocktail of transcription factors that induce differentiation without leaving a genetic footprint.

Cat No. Product Name Disease StatusDescription
DA-mRNA Quick-Neuron™ Dopaminergic - mRNA Kit This kit differentiates human pluripotent stem cells into dopaminergic neurons in 10 days using synthetic mRNA.
DA-MM Quick-Neuron™ Dopaminergic - Maintenance Medium Medium for long-term maintenance of human iPS/ESC-derived dopaminergic neurons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a license to use Elixirgen’s iPSC-derived cells and/or differentiation reagent kits?

No. The use of differentiated cells or kits provided by Elixirgen Scientific does not require any additional license from other parties for any type of use, except for use in humans or for therapeutic or diagnostic use. Check out our license statement in Resource section for further detail.

What sizes of Quick-Neuron™ Excitatory - Human iPSC-derived Neurons are available?

Off the shelf, we offer small (>1 million viable cryopreserved cells) and large (5x >1 million viable cryopreserved cells) sizes. If you are looking for a larger quantity, please contact us for pricing information.

Should I use an mRNA- or SeV-based differentiation kit?

Both delivery methods provide robust “footprint-free,” non-integrating expression of the transcription factors, although each kit uses a slightly different workflow. Based on our data, the differentiation efficiency between an mRNA-based and a SeV-based kit is similar. For example, the percentages of TUBB3+ neurons differentiated using Quick-Neuron™ Cholinergic mRNA- and SeV-based kits were 93% and 88%, respectively.

We recommend the mRNA-based neuron differentiation kits for labs with experience culturing iPSCs/ESCs, as the workflow involves slightly more manipulation of fragile differentiating cells than the SeV-based kits. The SeV-based kits are better for labs with little experience culturing iPSCs/ESCs, although they must be used with BSL-2 safety measures and may require prior approval from your Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

What sizes of Quick-Neuron™ differentiation kits are available?

Off the shelf, we offer small and large iPSC neuronal differentiation kits. The small size is best suited for single cell, imaging analyses, and pilot studies while the large size is best for applications such as high throughput screening and RNA sequencing.