Comparative analysis of nuclear transfer embryo-derived mouse embryonic stem cells. Part I: Cellular characterization

Julianna Kobolak, Solomon Mamo, Ruttachuk Rungsiwiwut, Olga Ujhelly, Erika Csonka, Gyula Hadlaczky, Andras Dinnyes

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Embryonic stem cells derived from nuclear transfer embryos (ntESCs) are particularly valuable for regenerative medicine, as they are a patient-specific and histocompatible cell source for the treatment of varying diseases. However, currently, little is known about their cellular and molecular profile. In the present study, in a mouse model different donor cell-derived ntESCs from various genetic backgrounds were compared with reference ESCs and analyzed comprehensively at the cellular level. A number of pluripotency marker genes were compared by flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry analysis. Significant differences at the protein level were observed for POU5F1, SOX2, FGF4, NANOG, and SSEA-1. However, such differences had no effect on in vitro cell differentiation and cell fate: derivatives of the three germ layers were detected in all ntESC lines. The neural and cardiac in vitro differentiation revealed minor differences between the cell lines, both at the mRNA and protein level. Karyotype analyses and cell growth studies did not reveal any significant variations. Despite some differences observed, the present study revealed that ntESC lines had similar differentiation competences compared to other ESCs. The results indicate that the observed differences may be related to the genotype rather than to the nuclear transfer technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-67
Number of pages12
JournalCellular Reprogramming
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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