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Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) derived from outbred mice which share several genetic characteristics similar to humans have been requested for developing stem cell-based bioengineering techniques directly applicable to humans. Here, we report the generation of ESCs derived from the inner cell mass of blastocysts retrieved from 9-week-old female outbred ICR mice mated with 9-week-old male outbred ICR mice (ICRESCs). Similar to those from 129/Ola mouse blastocysts (E14ESCs), the established ICRESCs showed inherent characteristics of ESCs except for partial and weak protein expression and activity of alkaline phosphatase. Moreover, ICRESCs were not originated from embryonic germ cells or pluripotent cells that may co-exist in outbred ICR strain-derived mouse embryonic fibroblasts (ICRMEFs) used for deriving colonies from inner cell mass of outbred ICR mouse blastocysts. Furthermore, instead of outbred ICRMEFs, hybrid B6CBAF1MEFs as feeder cells could sufficiently support in vitro maintenance of ICRESC self-renewal. Additionally, ICRESC-specific characteristics (self-renewal, pluripotency, and chromosomal normality) were observed in ICRESCs cultured for 40th subpassages (164 days) on B6CBAF1MEFs without any alterations. These results confirmed the successful establishment of ESCs derived from outbred ICR mice, and indicated that self-renewal and pluripotency of the established ICRESCs could be maintained on B6CBAF1MEFs in culture. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


Na Rae Han, Song Baek, Hwa-Young Kim, Kwon Young Lee, Jung Im Yun, Jung Hoon Choi, Eunsong Lee, Choon-Keun Park, Seung Tae Lee. Generation of embryonic stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of blastocysts of outbred ICR mice. Animal cells and systems. 2020;24(2):91-98

PMID: 32489688

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