Jorge Soza-Ried

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Genomic imprinting directs the allele-specific marking and expression of loci according to their parental origin. Differential DNA methylation at imprinted control regions (ICRs) is established in gametes and, although largely preserved through development, can be experimentally reset by fusing somatic cells with embryonic germ cell (EGC) lines. Here, we(More)
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) can instruct the conversion of differentiated cells toward pluripotency following cell-to-cell fusion by a mechanism that is rapid but poorly understood. Here, we used centrifugal elutriation to enrich for mouse ESCs at sequential stages of the cell cycle and showed that ESCs in S/G2 phases have an enhanced capacity to dominantly(More)
Pluripotent cells arise within the inner cell mass (ICM) of mammals and have the potential to generate all cell types of the adult organism through a process of commitment and ordered differentiation. Despite many decades of investigation, the mechanisms that guide and stabilise cell fate choice as well as those that can be engineered to promote its(More)
We recently reported that mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) in S/G 2 are more efficient at reprogramming somatic cells than ESCs at other stages of the cell cycle. We also provided evidence that DNA replication is induced in the nuclei of somatic partners upon fusion with ESC partners, and showed that this was critical for their conversion toward a(More)
Jarid2 is part of the Polycomb Repressor complex 2 (PRC2) responsible for genome-wide H3K27me3 deposition. Unlike other PRC2-deficient embryonic stem cells (ESCs), however, Jarid2-deficient ESCs show a severe differentiation block, altered colony morphology, and distinctive patterns of deregulated gene expression. Here, we show that Jarid2(-/-) ESCs express(More)
Many lineage-specific developmental regulator genes are transcriptionally primed in embryonic stem (ES) cells; RNA Pol(II) is bound at their promoters but is prevented from productive elongation by the activity of polycomb repressive complexes (PRC) 1 and 2. This epigenetically poised state is thought to enable ES cells to rapidly execute multiple(More)
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