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1.  Chromatin everywhere 
doi:10.1093/bfgp/elr006
PMCID: PMC3080739  PMID: 21325399
2.  Chromatin structure of pluripotent stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells 
Pluripotent embryonic stem (ES) cells are specialized cells with a dynamic chromatin structure, which is intimately connected with their pluripotency and physiology. In recent years somatic cells have been reprogrammed to a pluripotent state through over-expression of a defined set of transcription factors. These cells, known as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, recapitulate ES cell properties and can be differentiated to apparently all cell lineages, making iPS cells a suitable replacement for ES cells in future regenerative medicine. Chromatin modifiers play a key function in establishing and maintaining pluripotency, therefore, elucidating the mechanisms controlling chromatin structure in both ES and iPS cells is of utmost importance to understanding their properties and harnessing their therapeutic potential. In this review, we discuss recent studies that provide a genome-wide view of the chromatin structure signature in ES cells and iPS cells and that highlight the central role of histone modifiers and chromatin remodelers in pluripotency maintenance and induction.
doi:10.1093/bfgp/elq038
PMCID: PMC3080763  PMID: 21325400
embryonic stem cells; induced pluripotent stem cells; reprogramming; epigenetics; chromatin structure; differentiation

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