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A human gonadal cell model from induced pluripotent stem cells

  • Gutiérrez, Daniel Rodríguez Section of Medicine, Endocrinology Division, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Eid, Wassim Section of Medicine, Endocrinology Division, University of Fribourg, Switzerland - Department of Biochemistry, Medical Research Institute, University of Alexandria, Egypt
  • Lauber-Biason, Anna Section of Medicine, Endocrinology Division, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    2018
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  • Frontiers in Genetics. - 2018, vol. 9
English Sertoli cells are main players in the male gonads development and their study may shed light on 46,XY disorders of sex development (DSD). Mature primary Sertoli cells are incapable of proliferating in prolonged in vitro cultures and the available Sertoli cell models have several limitations since they derive from mouse or human cancer tissues. We differentiated human fibroblasts (HFs)-derived induced pluripotent stem cells into Sertoli-like cells (SLC) and, in order to characterize this new Sertoli cell model, we performed gene expression analyses by NextGeneration Sequencing techniques. This approach revealed that our putative SLC have reduced expression of pluripotency markers and expressed Sertoli cell markers such as SRY-Related HMG- Box 9 (SOX9), vimentin (VIM), and claudin-11 (CLDN-11). More in detail, the transcriptional profile analysis suggested that these cells are in an early stage of Sertoli cells maturation. Harnessing the power of induced pluripotent stem cells, we were able to generate SLC that show genetic and functional similarities to human Sertoli cells (HSerCs). SLC could become an excellent source of patient-specific Sertoli cells that could be of paramount benefit for both basic research and personalized medicine in sex development and reproductive medicine.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Department
Médecine 3ème année
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  • English
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Biology
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