Journal article

Isolation and characterization of a leukemia inhibitory factor-independent embryonic stem cell line.

AR Gendall, AR Dunn, M Ernst

The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology | Published : 1997


Leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) is a mammalian cytokine that has a wide range of physiological activities, including the inhibition of differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells. We have used insertional mutagenesis in an attempt to isolate molecules that participate in LIF signal transduction via the LIF receptor. Using a robust screen for undifferentiated cells, we have isolated one ES cell line, Poly 27, that does not require exogenous LIF to remain undifferentiated in vitro. We present evidence that Poly 27 is not irreversibly committed to an undifferentiated phenotype, but can differentiate in vitro if cultured in the presence of chemical differentiating agents, while in syngeneic mi..

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