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Cell Reprogram. 2010 Oct;12(5):565-70. doi: 10.1089/cell.2010.0008.

The four reprogramming factors and embryonic development in mice.

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Northwest University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, People's Republic of China.


The transcription factors (Oct4, Sox2, c-Myc, and Klf4) play an important role in the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. These factors are expressed in metaphase II oocytes and embryonic stem cells (ESCs). The mechanisms responsible for the reprogramming of ooplasm during nuclear transfer are expected to be associated with the four factors. Here, we show that different paternal genetic backgrounds are able to influence the in vitro development of parthenogenetic and cloned embryos. Using real- time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) we found that the expression level of Oct4 in oocytes was less than that of ESCs, whereas oocytes from KM x C3H females showed the highest expression level of Sox2 than the other strains tested or in G1 ESCs. c-Myc mRNA levels in oocytes from KM mice were greater than those found in ESCs or oocytes of KM x C3H mice. These data demonstrate that the expression of the four transcription factors was different among the oocytes, which may be a contributing factor for the different efficiencies of parthenogenesis and the development of cloned embryos in vitro.

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