Establishment of immortalized primary cell from the critically endangered Bonin flying fox (Pteropus pselaphon)

Tetsuya Tani, Eitsuka, Katayama, Nagamine, Yumiko Nakaya, Hajime Suzuki, Tohru Kiyono, Kiyotaka Nakagawa, Miho Inoue-Murayama, Manabu Onuma, Tomokazu Fukuda

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    The Bonin flying fox (Pteropus pselaphon) is one of the most critically endangered species of animals. The number of this species is estimated to be around 150; being classified at the top rank in the list by International Union of Animal Conservation. Our group previously showed that expression of CDK4, CYCLIN D1, and telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) efficiently induce immortalization of human, bovine, swine, monkey, and buffalo-derived cells. In this manuscript, we successfully established the primary cells from Bonin flying fox. We introduced CDK4, CYCLIN D1, and TERT into the primary cells. The established cells showed efficient expression of introduced genes at the protein level. Furthermore, the established cells were free from senescence, indicating it reached to immortalization. Moreover, we showed that interspecies somatic cell nuclear transfer of Bonin flying fox derived cell into bovine embryo allowed the development of the embryo to 8 cell stages. Our established cell has the potential to contribute to species conservation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere0221364
    JournalPloS one
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1

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