Generation of an inducible fibroblast cell line for studying direct cardiac reprogramming

Academic Article


  • Direct reprogramming of fibroblasts into induced cardiomyocytes (iCMs) through forced expression of cardiac-lineage specific transcription factors holds promise as an alternative strategy for cardiac regeneration. To facilitate research in iCM reprogramming, we generated a suite of new tools. We developed a transformed cell line derived from mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF). This fibroblast cell line (MEF-T) harbors an αMHC-eGFP reporter transgene for rapid detection of newly derived iCMs. The MEF-T cell line is highly proliferative and easily transfected and transduced, making it an ideal tool for transgene expression and genetic manipulation. Additionally, we generated a Tet-On inducible polycistronic iCM reprogramming construct for the temporal regulation of reprogramming factor expression. Furthermore, we introduced this construct into MEF-T and created an inducible reprogrammable fibroblast cell line. These tools will facilitate future research in cell fate reprogramming by enabling the temporal control of reprogramming factor expression as well as high-throughput screening using libraries of small molecules, noncoding RNAs, and siRNAs. genesis 54:398–406, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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    Author List

  • Vaseghi HR; Yin C; Zhou Y; Wang L; Liu J; Qian L
  • Start Page

  • 398
  • End Page

  • 406
  • Volume

  • 54
  • Issue

  • 7