In Vitro Derivation and Propagation of Spermatogonial Stem Cell Activity from Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cells

Yukiko Ishikura, Yukihiro Yabuta, Hiroshi Ohta, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Tomonori Nakamura, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Takuya Yamamoto, Kazuki Kurimoto, Kenjiro Shirane, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Mitinori Saitou

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Abstract

The in vitro derivation and propagation of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) is a key goal in reproductive science. We show here that when aggregated with embryonic testicular somatic cells (reconstituted testes), primordial germ cell-like cells (PGCLCs) induced from mouse embryonic stem cells differentiate into spermatogonia-like cells in vitro and are expandable as cells that resemble germline stem cells (GSCs), a primary cell line with SSC activity. Remarkably, GSC-like cells (GSCLCs), but not PGCLCs, colonize adult testes and, albeit less effectively than GSCs, contribute to spermatogenesis and fertile offspring. Whole-genome analyses reveal that GSCLCs exhibit aberrant methylation at vulnerable regulatory elements, including those critical for spermatogenesis, which may restrain their spermatogenic potential. Our study establishes a strategy for the in vitro derivation of SSC activity from PSCs, which, we propose, relies on faithful epigenomic regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2789-2804
Number of pages16
JournalCell Reports
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 6 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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