Lineage-Specific Profiling Delineates the Emergence and Progression of Naive Pluripotency in Mammalian Embryogenesis

Dev Cell. 2015 Nov 9;35(3):366-82. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.10.011.


Naive pluripotency is manifest in the preimplantation mammalian embryo. Here we determine transcriptome dynamics of mouse development from the eight-cell stage to postimplantation using lineage-specific RNA sequencing. This method combines high sensitivity and reporter-based fate assignment to acquire the full spectrum of gene expression from discrete embryonic cell types. We define expression modules indicative of developmental state and temporal regulatory patterns marking the establishment and dissolution of naive pluripotency in vivo. Analysis of embryonic stem cells and diapaused embryos reveals near-complete conservation of the core transcriptional circuitry operative in the preimplantation epiblast. Comparison to inner cell masses of marmoset primate blastocysts identifies a similar complement of pluripotency factors but use of alternative signaling pathways. Embryo culture experiments further indicate that marmoset embryos utilize WNT signaling during early lineage segregation, unlike rodents. These findings support a conserved transcription factor foundation for naive pluripotency while revealing species-specific regulatory features of lineage segregation.

Keywords: diapause; embryonic stem cell; inner cell mass; pluripotency; primate.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blastocyst / cytology*
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics*
  • Cell Lineage / genetics*
  • Cell Lineage / physiology
  • Embryonic Development / genetics*
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / cytology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / genetics
  • Germ Layers / cytology*
  • Mice
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology*