Scientists at UCLAs Broad Stem Cell Research Center have derived six human supporting cell lines that can be used in differentiation strategies to generate gametes from pluripotent stem cells.
Pluripotent stem cells refer to any cell type that is capable of self-renewal and differentiation into embryonic and germ cell layers. Examples of pluripotent stem cells include stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of human blastocysts or stem cells derived from alternate methods such as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells or stem cells derived from culture-induced reprogramming such as testicular stem cells or embryonic germ cells. The ability to differentiate pluripotent cells into gametes (germ cells) can be used to study the molecular regulation of gamete development in humans. Unfortunately, the current methods of generating gametes from pluripotent cells are inefficient and highly variable.
Researchers at UCLA have derived six cell lines that can be used as a supporting cell layer in two dimensional adherent differentiation assays to generate gametes from pluripotent stem cells.
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