The transcription factor OCT4 is a cornerstone of pluripotency, and yet OCT4 has also been associated with differentiation in a number of contexts. Reporting in this issue of Developmental Cell, Frum et al. (2013) show that OCT4's major early activity in the blastocyst is to support primitive endoderm differentiation.
- Embryonic Stem Cells
- Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
- Octamer Transcription Factor-3