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Regulation of Fibroblast Growth Factor 8 (FGF8) in Chicken Embryonic Stem Cells differentiation into Spermatogonial Stem Cells

Nana He, Chuanli Huang, Yani Zhang, Qisheng Zuo, Yilin Wang, Bichun Li, Jing Jin, Man Wang, Mahmoud F. Ahmed, Shaoze Cheng, Chen Zhang, Ruifeng Zhao
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are essential in regulating the formation of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). Here, we explored the effect of FGF8 on chicken SSCs formation by knockdown or overexpression of FGF8 in chicken embryonic stem cells (ESCs) both in vitro and in vivo. Our results showed that knockdown of FGF8 could facilitate the differentiation of ESCs into SSCs, overexpression of FGF8 could promote PGCs self-renewal, inhibit SSCs formation. This study further revealed the positive correlation between the expression level of FGF8 and MAPK/ERK signal. In the absence of FGF8, the expression of downstream genes such as FGFR2, GRB2, RAS, BRAF, RAF1 and MEK2 was not maintained, while overexpressing FGF8 enhances them. Thus, our study demonstrated that FGF8 can regulate germ cell fate by modulating the dynamic equilibrium between differentiation and self-renewal, which provides a new idea for the study of germ cell regulatory network. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/jcb.26402

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