Journal article

Differentiation of human pluripotent teratocarcinoma stem cells induced by bone morphogenetic protein-2

ME Pera, D Herszfeld

REPRODUCTION FERTILITY AND DEVELOPMENT | C S I R O PUBLISHING | Published : 1998

Abstract

Pluripotent human teratocarcinoma stem cells cultured in vitro provide a resource for the study of early embryonic development in man, as well as a means for discovery of novel factors controlling cell differentiation and commitment. We previously reported that the human teratocarcinoma stem cell line GCT 27X-1 could be induced to differentiate into an endodermal progenitor cell by treatment with high doses of retinoic acid. A search for polypeptide inducers of differentiation in this system has identified bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) as a potent inducer of differentiation. In cell line GCT 27X-1, treatment with BMP-2 reduces proliferation, induces morphological changes similar to ob..

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