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Generation of purified neural precursors from embryonic stem cells by lineage selection.

TitleGeneration of purified neural precursors from embryonic stem cells by lineage selection.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsLi M, Pevny L, Lovell-Badge R, Smith A
JournalCurr Biol
Date Published1998 Aug 27
KeywordsAnimals, Cell Culture Techniques, Cell Differentiation, Cell Line, Cell Lineage, DNA-Binding Proteins, Epithelial Cells, Fibroblast Growth Factor 2, HMGB Proteins, Mice, Nerve Net, Neurons, Nuclear Proteins, Selection, Genetic, SOXB1 Transcription Factors, Stem Cells, Transcription Factors, Tretinoin

Mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells are non-transformed cell lines derived directly from the pluripotent founder tissue in the mouse embryo, the epiblast [1-3]. Aggregation of ES cells triggers the generation of a diverse array of cell types, including neuronal cells [4-7]. This capacity for multilineage differentiation is retained during genetic manipulation and clonal expansion [8]. In principle, therefore, ES cells provide an attractive system for the molecular and genetic dissection of developmental pathways in vitro. They are also a potential source of cells for transplantation studies. These prospects have been frustrated, however, by the disorganised and heterogeneous nature of development in culture. We have therefore developed a strategy for genetic selection of lineage-restricted precursors from differentiating populations. Here, we report that application of such lineage selection enables efficient purification of neuroepithelial progenitor cells that subsequently differentiate efficiently into neuronal networks in the absence of other cell types.

Alternate JournalCurr. Biol.
PubMed ID9742400
Grant ListMC_U117562207 / / Medical Research Council / United Kingdom