Expression of pluripotent stem cell markers in the human fetal testis.

  title={Expression of pluripotent stem cell markers in the human fetal testis.},
  author={Candace Kerr and Christine Hill and Paul D. Blumenthal and John D. Gearhart},
  journal={Stem cells},
  volume={26 2},
Human primordial germ cells (PGCs) have proven to be a source of pluripotent stem cells called embryonic germ cells (EGCs). However, the developmental potency of these cells in the fetal gonad still remains elusive. Thus, this study provides a comprehensive analysis of pluripotent and germ cell marker expression in human fetal testis 7-15 weeks postfertilization (pF) and compares this expression to their ability to derive EGCs. Although the majority of germ cells expressed stem cell markers… CONTINUE READING


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