Embryonal carcinoma(EC) cells, the undifferentiated stem cells of teratocarcinomas, have many properties in common with pluripotent embryonic cells, and thus provide an excellent system for studying the early events involved in embryonic development and stem cell differentiation. We have isolated three novel mutants with temperature-sensitive (ts) cell growth that were able to differentiate at a non-permissive temperature for cell growth. These mutations affect the progression of the cell cycle, leading to the transient accumulation of cells in a specific phase, the S phase, of the cell cycle, which is likely to be the primary cause of stem cell differentiation of EC cells at non-permissive temperature. Isolation of these mutants strongly supports the notion that there is a close association between the inhibition of DNA synthesis and EC cell differentiation.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 30 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology