Research Abstract


Generation of cloned mice and nuclear transfer embryonic stem cell lines from urine-derived cells

2016年4月1日 Scientific Reports 6 : 23808 doi: 10.1038/srep23808



Eiji Mizutani, Kohei Torikai, Sayaka Wakayama, Hiroaki Nagatomo, Yasuhide Ohinata, Satoshi Kishigami & Teruhiko Wakayama

Corresponding Authors

水谷 英二

若山 照彦

Cloning animals by nuclear transfer provides the opportunity to preserve endangered mammalian species. However, there are risks associated with the collection of donor cells from the body such as accidental injury to or death of the animal. Here, we report the production of cloned mice from urine-derived cells collected noninvasively. Most of the urine-derived cells survived and were available as donors for nuclear transfer without any pretreatment. After nuclear transfer, 38–77% of the reconstructed embryos developed to the morula/blastocyst, in which the cell numbers in the inner cell mass and trophectoderm were similar to those of controls. Male and female cloned mice were delivered from cloned embryos transferred to recipient females, and these cloned animals grew to adulthood and delivered pups naturally when mated with each other. The results suggest that these cloned mice had normal fertility. In additional experiments, 26 nuclear transfer embryonic stem cell lines were established from 108 cloned blastocysts derived from four mouse strains including inbreds and F1 hybrids with relatively high success rates. Thus, cells derived from urine, which can be collected noninvasively, may be used in the rescue of endangered mammalian species by using nuclear transfer without causing injury to the animal.