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Nature. 2010 Sep 2;467(7311):E3-4; discussion E5. doi: 10.1038/nature09305.

Can controversies be put to REST?

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Lymphocyte Development Group, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital Campus, Du Cane Road, London W12 0NN, UK. amanda.fisher@csc.mrc.ac.uk

Abstract

The contribution of REST to embryonic stem (ES) cell pluripotency has been uncertain. Two years ago, Singh et al. claimed that Rest(+/-) and REST knock-down ES cells expressed reduced levels of pluripotency markers, in contrast to a prior and subsequent reports. To understand the basis of this difference, we analysed the YHC334 (YHC) and RRC160 (RRC) gene-trap ES cell lines used by Singh et al., obtained directly from BayGenomics. Both REST mutant lines generated REST-betaGeo fusion proteins, but expressed pluripotency genes at levels similar to appropriately matched parental wild ES cells, consistent with expression being REST-independent.

PMID:
20811409
DOI:
10.1038/nature09305
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