HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Molecule that restricts mouse cells' potency could yield embryonic stem cells without the sacrifice of embryos

PHILADELPHIA Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a receptor that plays a key role in restricting embryonic stem cells pluripotency, their ability to develop into virtually any of an adult animals cell types. The work is the first demonstration of a mechanism by which pluripotency is lost in mammalian embryos, one that operates with nearly the precision of an on/off switch in mouse embryos.

With further study, the receptor, dubbed GCNF, could open the door to new ways of creating embryonic stem cells without the ethical concerns associated with sacrificing embryos. GCNF, short for germ cell nuclear factor, was detailed in a recent paper in the journal Developmental Cell.

"In a sense, were hoping that understanding what GCNF actually does as it shuts down genes will let us turn back the clock on cellular development," said senior author Hans R. Schler, professor of animal biology at Penns School of Veterinary Medicine. "This knowledge may permit us to convert ordinary adult cells back to embryonic stem cells for research purposes."

Schler, also the director of Penns Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research, said GCNF is the first factor known to repress the key gene Oct4, which is expressed in pluripotent embryonic cells. While GCNF is likely just one cog in a complex cellular machinery that dictates pluripotency among the cells of mouse embryos, Schlers team believes it is a crucial player: without GCNF, restriction of pluripotency does not occur properly and the embryo eventually dies.

"The identification of GCNF as a repressor of Oct4 expression opens up several new avenues for understanding Oct4 regulation and, therefore, the control of the pluripotent state," wrote Peter J. Donovan of Thomas Jefferson University in an analysis appearing in the November issue of Nature Genetics. "The identification of a nexus between Oct4 and GCNF provides some critical clues as to how the di
'"/>

Contact: Steve Bradt
bradt@pobox.upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania
3-Dec-2001


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Molecule awakens and maintains neural connections
2. Molecule that blocks key bacterial enzyme may lead to new antibiotics
3. Molecule found to be critical for kidney development
4. Molecule identified that contributes to essential cell functioning process
5. Molecules discovered that extend life in yeast, human cells
6. Molecule helps prevent inflammation and heart disease in fat-fed mice
7. Molecule offers insights into fertilization
8. Molecules designed to interfere with DNA upon signal
9. Molecule helps pupils respond to light
10. Molecule plays key role in cellular quality control machinery
11. Scientists Determine Atomic Structure Of Lego-Like Molecule That Self-Assembles Into Cells Cargo Capsule

Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/22/2014)... and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fx4bg3/the_global ) has ... Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets" report to their ... This insight provides an overview of ... Watermarking aims to control and monitor piracy by ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... LAS VEGAS , Dec. 18, 2014   LaunchKey ... built for the post-password and Internet of Things era, ... seed funding. The venture round was led by Metamorphic ... Capital, Rimrock Venture Partners, VegasTechFund, and others.  LaunchKey has ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9zq33j/global_chemical ) has ... Market 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... trend upcoming in this market is the increasing demand ... in recording of patient data for quick and correct ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):The Global Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets 2LaunchKey Raises $3 Million in Additional Funding Led by Metamorphic Ventures 2LaunchKey Raises $3 Million in Additional Funding Led by Metamorphic Ventures 3Global Chemical Sensor Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are Abbott Laboratories, Bayer, Hoffmann La-Roche, Johnson & Johnson, NGK Spark Plugs and Robert Bosch 2
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015 Shimadzu Scientific Instruments ... multipurpose UV-visible spectrophotometer. Offering wavelength scanning from 190 ... ideal for applications in a variety of industries, ... The user-friendly UV-1280 enables intuitive operation, while the ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... today announces the firm brokered a long-term lease totaling 202,492 ... company, at Two Ledgemont Center in Lexington, Massachusetts ... and Brian Cohen , senior vice president, represented Shire ... Hayden Ave. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150122/170765 ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015 Protocol Networks brings independent ... team of brand-neutral, independent consultants, Protocol Networks has recently ... that over the years, his company has attracted several ... of Plainfield, as well as others. With the success ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 zFlo Motion , a US ... an exciting product from a new partner. STT-Systems ... the past 15 years, with offerings in the optical-motion capture, ... IMU system (inertial measurement unit), iSen, is opening eyes around ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Shimadzu’s New Monitored Single-Beam UV-Vis Spectrophotometer Offers Comprehensive Measurement Options in a Compact Body 2Transwestern?RBJ Advises Shire in 202,000 SF Lease, Creating Boston's Largest Suburban Biotech Campus 2Protocol Networks Brings Independent Technology Consulting to the Constitution State 23D Motion Capture Just Got Easy 2
Cached News: