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Naoki Okashita, Yoshiaki Suwa, Osamu Nishimura, Nao Sakashita, Mitsutaka Kadota, Go Nagamatsu, Masanori Kawaguchi, Hiroki Kashida, Ayaka Nakajima, Makoto Tachibana, Yoshiyuki Seki
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are specified from epiblast cells in mice. Genes associated with naive pluripotency are repressed in the transition from inner cell mass to epiblast cells, followed by upregulation after PGC specification. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the reactivation of pluripotency genes are poorly characterized. Here, we exploited the in vitro differentiation of epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs) from embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to elucidate the molecular and epigenetic functions of PR domain-containing 14 (PRDM14)...
December 13, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Kenjiro Shirane, Kazuki Kurimoto, Yukihiro Yabuta, Masashi Yamaji, Junko Satoh, Shinji Ito, Akira Watanabe, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Mitinori Saitou, Hiroyuki Sasaki
Specification of primordial germ cells (PGCs) activates epigenetic reprogramming for totipotency, the elucidation of which remains a fundamental challenge. Here, we uncover regulatory principles for DNA methylation reprogramming during in vitro PGC specification, in which mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are induced into epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs) and then PGC-like cells (PGCLCs). While ESCs reorganize their methylome to form EpiLCs, PGCLCs essentially dilute the EpiLC methylome at constant, yet different, rates between unique sequence regions and repeats...
October 10, 2016: Developmental Cell
Angelica Navarra, Anna Musto, Anna Gargiulo, Giuseppe Petrosino, Giovanna Maria Pierantoni, Alfredo Fusco, Tommaso Russo, Silvia Parisi
BACKGROUND: A crucial event in the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) is the exit from the pluripotent ground state that leads to the acquisition of the 'primed' pluripotent phenotype, characteristic of the epiblast-like stem cells (EpiLCs). The transcription factors Oct4 and Otx2 play a key role in this phenomenon. In particular, Otx2 pioneers and activates new enhancers, which are silent in ESCs and which control the transcription of genes responsible for the acquisition of the EpiLC phenotype...
March 31, 2016: BMC Biology
Kazuki Kurimoto, Mitinori Saitou
The germ cell lineage creates new individuals, perpetuating/diversifying the genetic and epigenetic information across generations. Based on the knowledge obtained through investigations into the mechanisms of germ cell specification and development in mice, we have succeeded in precisely reconstituting the specification and subsequent development of germ cells in culture in both males and females: Embryonic stem cells (ESCs)/induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are induced into epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs) and then into primordial germ cell-like cells (PGCLCs), which robustly contribute to spermatogenesis and oogenesis and to fertile offspring...
2015: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
Kazuki Kurimoto, Yukihiro Yabuta, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Hiroshi Ohta, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Tadahiro Mitani, Yoshinobu Moritoki, Kenjiro Kohri, Hiroshi Kimura, Takuya Yamamoto, Yuki Katou, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Mitinori Saitou
Germ cell specification is accompanied by epigenetic remodeling, the scale and specificity of which are unclear. Here, we quantitatively delineate chromatin dynamics during induction of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs) and from there into primordial germ cell-like cells (PGCLCs), revealing large-scale reorganization of chromatin signatures including H3K27me3 and H3K9me2 patterns. EpiLCs contain abundant bivalent gene promoters characterized by low H3K27me3, indicating a state primed for differentiation...
May 7, 2015: Cell Stem Cell
Abhishek Sohni, Michela Bartoccetti, Rita Khoueiry, Lien Spans, Joris Vande Velde, Linde De Troyer, Kirthi Pulakanti, Frank Claessens, Sridhar Rao, Kian Peng Koh
The Tet 5-methylcytosine dioxygenases catalyze DNA demethylation by producing 5-hydroxymethylcytosine and further oxidized products. Tet1 and Tet2 are highly expressed in mouse pluripotent cells and downregulated to different extents in somatic cells, but the transcriptional mechanisms are unclear. Here we defined the promoter and enhancer domains in Tet1 and Tet2. Within a 15-kb "superenhancer" of Tet1, there are two transcription start sites (TSSs) with different activation patterns during development. A 6-kb promoter region upstream of the distal TSS is highly active in naive pluripotent cells, autonomously reports Tet1 expression in a transgenic system, and rapidly undergoes DNA methylation and silencing upon differentiation in cultured cells and native epiblast...
March 2015: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Guanghui Cui, Zhengyu Qi, Yanmin Zhang, Xia Long, Jie Qin, Xin Guo
The adipose stromal vascular fraction (SVF) contains abundant mesenchymal stem cell populations that have a limited ability to self-renew and differentiate. Male mouse adipose SVF cells were dedifferentiated by reprogramming factors (c-Myc, Oct4, Sox2, and Klf4) to form embryonic stem cell-like cells (ESCLCs), which upgraded their limited differentiation potential. The ESCLCs were induced to differentiate toward epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs) and primordial germ cell-like cells (PGCLCs) by culturing in media supplied with activin A and BMP-4, respectively...
September 2014: Cell Biology International
Fumio Nakaki, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Hiroshi Ohta, Kazuki Kurimoto, Yukihiro Yabuta, Mitinori Saitou
The germ-cell lineage ensures the continuity of life through the generation of male and female gametes, which unite to form a totipotent zygote. We have previously demonstrated that, by using cytokines, embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells can be induced into epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs) and then into primordial germ cell (PGC)-like cells with the capacity for both spermatogenesis and oogenesis, creating an opportunity for understanding and regulating mammalian germ-cell development in both sexes in vitro...
September 12, 2013: Nature
Katsuhiko Hayashi, Hiroshi Ohta, Kazuki Kurimoto, Shinya Aramaki, Mitinori Saitou
The generation of properly functioning gametes in vitro requires reconstitution of the multistepped pathway of germ cell development. We demonstrate here the generation of primordial germ cell-like cells (PGCLCs) in mice with robust capacity for spermatogenesis. PGCLCs were generated from embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) through epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs), a cellular state highly similar to pregastrulating epiblasts but distinct from epiblast stem cells (EpiSCs). Reflecting epiblast development, EpiLC induction from ESCs/iPSCs is a progressive process, and EpiLCs highly competent for the PGC fate are a transient entity...
August 19, 2011: Cell
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