Compounds for Stem Cell Differentiation: Products


Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into specialized cell subtypes depending upon their level of potency. For instance, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells can give rise to cells of all three germ layers: ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm. Adult stem cells are generally considered to have limited potency and differentiate into a restricted number of cell types. In order to generate populations of specialized cell types for regenerative medicine, drug screening, or disease and development models, researchers must control and direct the differentiation of stem cells. Cell fate decisions can be directed by natural or chemically synthesized small molecules. For instance, a specific inhibitor of glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta can induce neuronal differentiation in pluripotent stem cells. Combinations of specific cytokines and sodium butyrate, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, have been shown to direct the differentiation of stem cells into hepatocytes. Tocris provides a complete range of bioactive small molecules to control the differentiation of stem cells into defined derivatives.

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Adenylyl cyclase activator


γ-secretase inhibitor

DMSO, sterile filtered 


Dorsomorphin dihydrochloride 

Potent AMPK inhibitor

LDN 193189 dihydrochloride 

Potent and selective ALK2 and ALK3 inhibitor; promotes neural induction of hPSCs


AMPK activator

Metformin hydrochloride 

Activator of LKB1/AMPK; antidiabetic agent


PDE inhibitor (non-selective)


Selective ALK2 inhibitor

Retinoic acid 

Endogenous retinoic acid receptor agonist

AMD 3100 octahydrochloride 

Highly selective CXCR4 antagonist

A 769662 

Potent AMPK activator


Anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid

SP 600125 

Selective JNK inhibitor

1-Oleoyl lysophosphatidic acid sodium salt 

Endogenous agonist of LPA1 and LPA2

Fluoxetine hydrochloride 

5-HT reuptake inhibitor


Smo receptor agonist

Lin28 1632 

RNA binding protein Lin28 inhibitor; promotes mESC differentiation; also bromodomain inhibitor

PD 173074 

FGFR1 and -3 inhibitor

IWP 4 

Potent inhibitor of Wnt/β-catenin signaling


DNA methyltransferase inhibitor

IDE 2 

Induces definitive endoderm formation in mouse and human ESCs

ISX 9 

Neurogenic agent; induces neuronal differentiation of SVZ progenitors and also induces cardiomyogenic differentiation

Liothyronine sodium 

Thyroid hormone (T3) analog; also promotes adipogenic differentiation of MSCs

KY 02111 

Inhibits canonical Wnt signaling. Promotes differentiation of human ESCs and iPSCs into cardiomyocytes

Sodium butyrate 

Histone deacetylase inhibitor

EC 23 

Synthetic retinoid; induces differentiation of stem cells

IDE 1 

Induces definitive endoderm formation in mouse and human ESCs


Potently induces chondrogenesis in MSCs

ITD 1 

Selective inhibitor of TGF-β signaling; induces cardiomyocyte differentiation in ESCs


Selective Smad3 inhibitor; inhibits TGF-βR1 signaling


Endogenous agonist for retinoic acid receptors; inducer of neuronal differentiation

2-Phospho-L-ascorbic acid trisodium salt 

Ascorbic acid derivative; maintains differentiation potential in bone marrow-derived MSCs

Strontium chloride 

Calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) agonist


DNA methyltransferase and cytidine deaminase inhibitor

Thioridazine hydrochloride 

Dopamine receptor antagonist; antipsychotic


Induces neurogenesis in mature skeletal muscle cells


Inhibits NME2 nuclear translocation; primes ESCs for differentiation

TWS 119 

GSK-3β inhibitor; induces neuronal differentiation in ESCs

Cardiogenol C hydrochloride 

Induces cardiomyocyte differentiation in ESCs

TCS 2210 

Inducer of neuronal differentiation in MSCs

Cardionogen 1 

Inhibitor of Wnt/β-catenin signaling

A 939572 

Potent SCD-1 inhibitor

PluriSln 1 

SCD-1 inhibitor

KHS 101 hydrochloride 

Selective inducer of neuronal differentiation in hippocampal neural progenitors

GSA 10 

Smo receptor agonist

Shz 1 

Activator of early cardiac genes in pluripotent stem cells; induces differentiation in M-PBMCs


Selective inducer of neuronal differentiation in hippocampal neural progenitors

CCG 1423 

Rho/SRF pathway inhibitor; induces intermediate mesoderm differentiation from ESCs

FH 1 

Enhances iPSC-derived hepatocyte differentiation and maturation
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