Tet1 is a hydroxylase known for its role in the conversion of 5-methylcytosines (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosines (5hmC) involved in the possible active demethylation process and gene expression regulation1-5. As somatic cell reprogramming involves the re-activation of pluripotency genes and the silencing of somatic ones6, it remains unclear whether Tet1 plays a positive or negative role in the reprogramming process. Here we show that Tet1 deficiency enhances reprogramming and its overexpression impairs reprogramming. Mechanistically, we demonstrated that Tet1 represses the early obligatory process of mesenchymal to epithelial transition (MET) during reprogramming7,8. Thus, our findings not only define a negative role for Tet1 in somatic cell reprogramming, but also suggest that the Tet enzymes regulate cell fate through distinctive mechanisms. Examination of genome DNA hmC modifications in 2 conditions: individually overexpressed Tet1CD or Tet2CD during MEF reprogramming; Examination of mRNA levels in five different conditions: individually overexpressed DR or Tet1CD or Tet1CDmut or Tet2CD or Tet2CDmut, during MEF reprogrammig.