Title

Cloning Mice and ES Cells by Nuclear Transfer From Somatic Stem Cells and Fully Differentiated Cells

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Methods in Molecular Biology

Volume

770

Publication Date

1-1-2011

First Page

551

Last Page

569

DOI

10.1007/978-1-61779-210-6_22

Abstract

Cloning animals by nuclear transfer (NT) has been successful in several mammalian species. In addition to cloning live animals (reproductive cloning), this technique has also been used in several species to establish cloned embryonic stem (ntES) cell lines from somatic cells. It is the latter application of this technique that has been heralded as being the potential means to produce isogenic embryonic stem cells from patients for cell therapy (therapeutic cloning). These two types of cloning differ only in the steps after cloned embryos are produced: for reproductive cloning the cloned embryos are transferred to surrogate mothers to allow them to develop to full term and for therapeutic cloning the cloned embryos are used to derive ntES cells. In this chapter, a detailed NT protocol in mouse by using somatic stem cells (neuron and skin stem cells) and fully differentiated somatic cells (cumulus cells and fibroblast cells) as nuclear donors is described.

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