The transcriptomes of novel marmoset monkey embryonic stem cell lines reflect distinct genomic features

Sci Rep. 2016 Jul 7;6:29122. doi: 10.1038/srep29122.


Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are useful for the study of embryonic development. However, since research on naturally conceived human embryos is limited, non-human primate (NHP) embryos and NHP ESCs represent an excellent alternative to the corresponding human entities. Though, ESC lines derived from naturally conceived NHP embryos are still very rare. Here, we report the generation and characterization of four novel ESC lines derived from natural preimplantation embryos of the common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus). For the first time we document derivation of NHP ESCs derived from morula stages. We show that quantitative chromosome-wise transcriptome analyses precisely reflect trisomies present in both morula-derived ESC lines. We also demonstrate that the female ESC lines exhibit different states of X-inactivation which is impressively reflected by the abundance of the lncRNA X inactive-specific transcript (XIST). The novel marmoset ESC lines will promote basic primate embryo and ESC studies as well as preclinical testing of ESC-based regenerative approaches in NHP.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Blastocyst / cytology
  • Callithrix / genetics*
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Shape
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Genome*
  • Karyotyping
  • Male
  • Morula / cytology
  • Sex Determination Processes / genetics
  • Teratoma / pathology
  • Transcriptome / genetics*
  • X Chromosome Inactivation / genetics


  • Biomarkers