Co-regulation of pluripotency and genetic integrity at the genomic level

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The Disposable Soma Theory holds that genetic integrity will be maintained at more pristine levels in germ cells than in somatic cells because of the unique role germ cells play in perpetuating the species. We tested the hypothesis that the same concept applies to pluripotent cells compared to differentiated cells. Analyses of transcriptome and cistrome databases, along with canonical pathway analysis and chromatin immunoprecipitation confirmed differential expression of DNA repair and cell death genes in embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells relative to fibroblasts, and predicted extensive direct and indirect interactions between the pluripotency and genetic integrity gene networks in pluripotent cells. These data suggest that enhanced maintenance of genetic integrity is fundamentally linked to the epigenetic state of pluripotency at the genomic level. In addition, these findings demonstrate how a small number of key pluripotency factors can regulate large numbers of downstream genes in a pathway-specific manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-519
Number of pages12
JournalStem Cell Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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