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The highest level of potency, of which zygotes are.



__________ is the ability to give rise to all cells of the embryo and subsequently adult tissues.



The ability to give rise to different cell types of a given lineage (adult stem cells)



Pluripotent stem cells come from what part of the blastocyst?

The inner cell mass


How are the number of founder stem cells determined?

They are proportional to the number of cells that are in a mature human (there are more skin cells than heart cells)


How often do transit amplifying cells divide? How many times do they divide?

They divide frequently but they are programmed to have a limited number of divisions


What are the two ways that stem cell amounts are maintained?

Divisional asymmetry - stem cells keep their immortal DNA separate so that the cells can continue dividing
Environmental asymmetry - stem cells are kept sequestered in their own area while the cells destined for normal use are moved to their final area


What is the name of the thing that makes a stem cell a stem cell?

Localized determinant


How do embryonic stem cells divide?

Egg and sperm meet -> zygote is formed (totipoent) -> blastocyst (pluripotent) -> fetus

The inner cell mass of the blastocyst can be cultured to make pluripotent stem cells


What are the characteristics of embryonic stem cells?

They are derived from blastocysts
They are capable of proliferating indefinitely
They have unrestricted developmental potential
They can also give rise to tumors


Embryonic stem cells can also give rise to _______________ (cancer type). What can be done to prevent this?

Teratoma, need to differentiate cells fully before stem cell treatment


What are the transcription factors required for induction of pluripotent stem cells?

Nanog, Oct4, Sox2, FoxD3


What can hematopoietic and stromal stem cells produce?

HSC can make blood components
MSC can use connective tissues and other tissues


What is a major issue with adult stem cell use?

Immune rejection


What is an alternative to stem cells? How does it work?

Somatic cell nuclear transfer
The nucleus is taken out of an egg cell and discard and then the cell is fused with a somatic cell, effectively transferring the nucleus