The target sequence has 93% sequence homology with bovine and porcine.
Stem cells are crucial ingredients in the progressive restriction of cellular developmental capacity during mammalian embryogenesis. Until recently, only embryonic stem cells (ESC) had been shown to exhibit the potential to differentiate into cells of the all three germ layers. However, adult stem cells (ASC) can regain pluripotency (potential to differentiate into various lineages) if transferred from one stem-cell microenvironment into another. The transcription factor OCT4, expressed in ESCs and germ cells, is strongly implicated in the process of maintaining as well as regaining stem-cell pluripotency and functions as a key regulator of mammalian germline development.
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Protein Aliases: class 5; DADB-104B20.2; NF-A3; Oct-3; Oct-4; OCT3; OCT4; Octamer-binding protein 3; Octamer-binding protein 4; Octamer-binding transcription factor 3; octamer-binding transcription factor-3; OTF-3; OTF3; OTF4; POU class 5 homeobox 1 transcript variant OCT4B1; POU class 5 homeobox 1 transcript variant OCT4B2; POU class 5 homeobox 1 transcript variant OCT4B3; POU class 5 homeobox 1 transcript variant OCT4B4; POU class 5 homeobox 1 transcript variant OCT4B5; POU class 5 homeobox 1 transcript variant OCT4B6; POU domain; POU domain class 5 transcription factor 1; POU domain transcription factor OCT4; POU domain, class 5, transcription factor 1; POU-type homeodomain-containing DNA-binding protein; transcription factor 1
Gene Aliases: NF-A3; Oct-3; Oct-3/4; Oct-4; OCT3; Oct3/4; OCT4; OTF-3; Otf-4; OTF3; Otf3-rs7; Otf3g; OTF4; POU5F1