Journal article

Inner Cell Mass Localization of NANOG Precedes OCT3/4 in Rhesus Monkey Blastocysts

AJ Harvey, DR Armant, BD Bavister, SM Nichols, CA Brenner

STEM CELLS AND DEVELOPMENT | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

The mechanism by which the inner cell mass (ICM) and trophectoderm (TE) become specified is poorly understood. Considerable species variation is evident in the expression of lineage-specific and embryonic stem cell (ESC) regulatory markers. We sought to investigate localization patterns of these markers in rhesus macaque compact morulae and blastocysts. NANOG protein was restricted to the ICM of blastocysts. In contrast to a previous report, the expression of CDX2 was detected in the primate blastocyst, localized specifically to the TE. Unlike the mouse embryo, OCT4 protein was detected using two different antibodies in both the ICM and TE. The ubiquitous pattern of OCT4 expression is consis..

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