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Stem Cells

Anthony J Burand, Oliver W Gramlich, Alex J Brown, James A Ankrum
Tailoring MSCs to fit the disease. Fresh, cryopreserved and, pre-licensed cryopreserved MSC are all being explored to treat numerous diseases, but all are not suitable to treat all conditions. CLI: Critical limb ischemia, OI: osteogenesis imperfecta, GvHD: graft versus host disease, I/R: ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury. '*' denotes preferred therapeutic strategy when both fresh MSC and cryo-MSC have shown utility in treating the disease but one is more efficacious or logistically suitable.
October 19, 2016: Stem Cells
Jacques Galipeau
Freshly thawed MSCs transiently display altered cell physiology and a recent report by Chinnadurai et al.[1]demonstrated that thawed allogeneic MSCs are also susceptible to T-cell mediated lysis in vitro and that this effect can be mitigated by activating MSCs with IFN-γ prior to freeze and thaw. In the letter to the editor by Ankrum et al., "Function of Cryopreserved MSCs with and without IFN-γ pre-licensing is Context Dependent," the author provide data that IFN-γ pre-treatment of human MSCs before cryobanking fails to enhance their potency post thaw in a mouse model of retinal disease...
October 19, 2016: Stem Cells
Jyoti Rao, Boris Greber
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) present a fascinating and powerful system for generating specialized cell types of the human body. Culture and directed differentiation of these cells however requires an understanding of the pluripotent ground state and of how cell lineage decisions in this system are made. In this review, we highlight both these aspects in light of recent findings and technical progress. Hence, advances in culturing the human preimplantation embryo beyond the implantation barrier and in analyzing it at the single-cell level shed new light on the hESC tissue of origin...
October 19, 2016: Stem Cells
Katya Zelentsova, Ziv Talmi, Ghada Abboud-Jarrous, Tamar Sapir, Tal Capucha, Maria Nassar, Tal Burstyn-Cohen
Neurons are continuously produced in brains of adult mammalian organisms throughout life - a process tightly regulated to ensure a balanced homeostasis. In the adult brain, quiescent Neural Stem Cells (NSCs) residing in distinct niches engage in proliferation, to self-renew and to give rise to differentiated neurons and astrocytes. The mechanisms governing the intricate regulation of NSC quiescence and neuronal differentiation are not completely understood. Here, we report the expression of Protein S (PROS1) in adult NSCs, and show that genetic ablation of Pros1 in neural progenitors increased hippocampal NSC proliferation by 47%...
October 18, 2016: Stem Cells
Takashi Ishida, Sachie Suzuki, Chen-Yi Lai, Satoshi Yamazaki, Shigeru Kakuta, Yoichiro Iwakura, Masanori Nojima, Yasuo Takeuchi, Masaaki Higashihara, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Makoto Otsu
Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation (HSCT) for malignancy requires toxic pre-conditioning to maximize anti-tumor effects and donor-HSC engraftment. While this induces bone marrow (BM)-localized inflammation, how this BM environmental change affects transplanted HSCs in vivo remains largely unknown. We here report that, depending on interval between irradiation and HSCT, residence within lethally irradiated recipient BM compromises donor-HSC reconstitution ability. Both in vivo and in vitro we demonstrate that, among inflammatory cytokines, TNF-α plays a role in HSC damage: TNF-α stimulation leads to accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in highly purified hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSCs/HSPCs)...
October 18, 2016: Stem Cells
Naoya Uchida, Juan J Haro-Mora, Atsushi Fujita, Duck-Yeon Lee, Thomas Winkler, Matthew M Hsieh, John F Tisdale
Human embryonic stem (ES) cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells represent an ideal source for in vitro modeling of erythropoiesis and a potential alternative source for red blood cell transfusions. However, iPS cell-derived erythroid cells predominantly produce ε- and γ-globin without β-globin production. We recently demonstrated that ES cell-derived sacs (ES sacs), known to express hemangioblast markers, allow for efficient erythroid cell generation with β-globin production. In this study, we generated several iPS cell lines derived from bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) and peripheral blood erythroid progenitors (EPs) from sickle cell disease patients, and evaluated hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) generation after iPS sac induction as well as subsequent erythroid differentiation...
October 14, 2016: Stem Cells
A Mas, L Stone, P M O'Connor, Q Yang, D T Kleven, C Simon, C L Walker, A Al-Hendy
Despite the high prevalence and major negative impact of uterine fibroids (UFs) on women's health, their pathogenesis remains largely unknown. While tumor initiating cells (TICs) have been previously isolated from UFs, the cell of origin for these tumors in normal myometrium has not been identified. We isolated cells with Stro1/CD44 surface markers from normal myometrium expressing stem cell markers Oct-4/c-kit/nanog that exhibited the properties of myometrial stem/progenitor-like cells (MSCs). Using a murine model for UFs, we showed that the cervix was a hypoxic "niche" and primary site (96%) for fibroid development in these animals...
October 14, 2016: Stem Cells
Agata Stryjewska, Ruben Dries, Tim Pieters, Griet Verstappen, Andrea Conidi, Kathleen Coddens, Annick Francis, Lieve Umans, Wilfred F J van IJcken, Geert Berx, Leo A van Grunsven, Frank Grosveld, Steven Goossens, Jody J Haigh, Danny Huylebroeck
In human ESCs the transcription factor Zeb2 regulates neuroectoderm versus mesendoderm formation, but it is unclear how Zeb2 affects the global transcriptional regulatory network in these cell-fate decisions. We generated Zeb2 knockout (KO) mouse ESCs, subjected them as embryoid bodies (EBs) to neural and general differentiation and carried out temporal RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) and reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) analysis in neural differentiation. This shows that Zeb2 acts preferentially as a transcriptional repressor associated with developmental progression and that Zeb2 KO ESCs can exit from their naïve state...
October 14, 2016: Stem Cells
Zahia Hamidouche, Karen Rother, Jens Przybilla, Axel Krinner, Denis Clay, Lydia Hopp, Claire Fabian, Alexandra Stolzing, Hans Binder, Pierre Charbord, Joerg Galle
The molecular mechanisms by which heterogeneity, a major characteristic of stem cells, is achieved are yet unclear. We here study the expression of the membrane stem cell antigen-1 (Sca-1) in mouse bone marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) clones. We show that subpopulations with varying Sca-1 expression profiles regenerate the Sca-1 profile of the mother population within a few days. However, after extensive replication in vitro the expression profiles shift to lower values and the regeneration time increases...
October 13, 2016: Stem Cells
J Patrick Gonzalez, Sergii Kyrychenko, Victoria Kyrychenko, Joel S Schneider, Celine J Granier, Eric Himelman, Kevin Lahey, Qingshi Zhao, Ghassan Yehia, Yuan-Xiang Tao, Mantu Bhaumik, Natalia Shirokova, Diego Fraidenraich
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by the loss of the protein dystrophin, leading to muscle fragility, progressive weakening, and susceptibility to mechanical stress. Although dystrophin-negative mdx mouse models have classically been used to study DMD, phenotypes appear mild compared to patients. As a result, characterization of muscle pathology, especially in the heart, has proven difficult. We report that injection of mdx embryonic stem cells (ESCs) into Wild Type (WT) blastocysts produces adult mouse chimeras with severe DMD phenotypes in the heart and skeletal muscle...
October 13, 2016: Stem Cells
Shanmugam Muruganandan, Rajgopal Govindarajan, Nichole M McMullen, Christopher J Sinal
Bone remodelling is a dynamic process requiring the coordinated action of formative (osteoblast) and resorptive (osteoclast) cell populations. An imbalance of the development and function of these cell types underlies several chronic bone loss disorders such as osteoporosis. Increased bone marrow adipocyte numbers commonly occur with bone loss disorders and numerous studies have documented an inverse relationship between bone marrow fat and bone formation. Osteoblasts and adipocytes derive in a competitive fashion from a common mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) precursor...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells
Annie C Bowles, Amy L Strong, Rachel M Wise, Robert C Thomas, Brittany Y Gerstein, Maria F Dutreil, Ryan S Hunter, Jeffrey M Gimble, Bruce A Bunnell
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurodegenerative disease and remains an unmet clinical challenge. In MS, an autoimmune response leads to immune cell infiltration, inflammation, demyelination, and lesions in central nervous system (CNS) tissues resulting in tremors, fatigue, and progressive loss of motor function. These pathologic hallmarks are effectively reproduced in the murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model. The stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of adipose tissue is composed of adipose-derived stromal/stem cells (ASC), adipocytes, and various leukocytes...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells
Yan Xiu, Wingel Y Xue, Allyn Lambertz, Mariah Leidinger, Katherine Gibson-Corley, Chen Zhao
Previously we have shown that loss of non-canonical NF-κB signaling impairs self-renewal of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). This prompted us to investigate whether persistent activation of the non-canonical NF-κB signaling will have supportive effects on HSPC self-renewal. NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK) is an important kinase that mainly activates the non-canonical pathway through directly phosphorylating IKKα. In contrast to our expectations, constitutive activation of NIK in the hematopoietic system leads to bone marrow failure and postnatal lethality due to intrinsic impairment of HSPC self-renewal and extrinsic disruption of bone marrow microenvironment through enhancing osteoclastogenesis...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells
Yijun Liu, Nathalie Muñoz, Ang-Chen Tsai, Timothy M Logan, Teng Ma
Spontaneous aggregation and the associated enhancement of stemness have been observed in many anchorage dependent cells. Recently, aggregation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in non-adherent culture has been shown to reverse expansion-induced heterogeneity and loss of stemness and reprogram the hMSC to reacquire their primitive phenotype, a phenomenon that can significantly enhance therapeutic applications of hMSC. The objective of this study was to investigate the mechanistic basis underlying the connection between multi-cellular aggregation and stemness enhancement in hMSC by testing the hypothesis that cellular events induced during 3D aggregation on non-adherent substratum induces changes in mitochondrial metabolism that promote the expression of stem cell genes Oct4, Sox2, and Nanog...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cells
Prabhuanand Selvaraj, Lan Xiao, Cheol Lee, Saravana R K Murthy, Niamh X Cawley, Malcolm Lane, Istvan Merchenthaler, Sohyun Ahn, Y Peng Loh
Embryonic neurodevelopment involves inhibition of proliferation of multipotent neural stem cells followed by differentiation into neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes to form the brain. We have identified a new neurotrophic factor, NF-α1, which inhibits proliferation and promotes differentiation of neural stem cell/progenitors derived from E13.5 mouse cortex. Inhibition of proliferation of these cells was mediated through negatively regulating the Wnt pathway and decreasing β-catenin. NF-α1 induced differentiation of neural stem cells to astrocytes by enhancing Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein (GFAP) expression through activating the ERK1/2-Sox9 signaling pathway...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cells
Pooja Teotia, Divyan A Chopra, Shashank Manohar Dravid, Matthew J Van Hook, Fang Qiu, John Morrison, Angie Rizzino, Iqbal Ahmad
Glaucoma is a complex group of diseases wherein a selective degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) leads to irreversible loss of vision. A comprehensive approach to glaucomatous RGC degeneration may include stem cells to functionally replace dead neurons through transplantation and understand RGCs vulnerability using a disease in a dish stem cell model. Both approaches require the directed generation of stable, functional, and target-specific RGCs from renewable sources of cells, i.e., the embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cells
Wu-Lin Zuo, Jing Yang, Kazunori Gomi, IonWa Chao, Ronald G Crystal, Renat Shaykhiev
The airway epithelium of cigarette smokers undergoes dramatic remodeling with hyperplasia of basal cells (BC) and mucus-producing cells, squamous metaplasia, altered ciliated cell differentiation and decreased junctional barrier integrity, relevant to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. In this study, we show that EGFR ligand amphiregulin (AREG) is induced by smoking in human airway epithelium as a result of EGF-driven squamous differentiation of airway BC stem/progenitor cells. In turn, AREG induced a unique EGFR activation pattern in human airway BC, distinct from that evoked by EGF, leading to BC- and mucous hyperplasia, altered ciliated cell differentiation and impaired barrier integrity...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cells
Lindsay C Davies, Nina Heldring, Nadir Kadri, Katarina Le Blanc
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) exert broad immunosuppressive potential, modulating the activity of cells of innate and adaptive immune systems. As MSCs become accepted as a therapeutic option for the treatment of immunological disorders such as Graft versus Host Disease, our need to understand the intricate details by which they exert their effects is crucial. Programmed death-1 (PD-1) is an important regulator in T cell activation and homeostatic control. It has been reported that this pathway may be important in contact-dependent mediated immunomodulation by MSCs...
September 27, 2016: Stem Cells
Adam L MacLean, Cristina Lo Celso, Michael Ph Stumpf
Stem cells are fundamental to human life and offer great therapeutic potential, yet their biology remains incompletely - or in cases even poorly - understood. The field of stem cell biology has grown substantially in recent years due to a combination of experimental and theoretical contributions: the experimental branch of this work provides data in an ever-increasing number of dimensions, while the theoretical branch seeks to determine suitable models of the fundamental stem cell processes that these data describe...
September 27, 2016: Stem Cells
Olfa Khalfallah, Marielle Jarjat, Laetitia Davidovic, Nicolas Nottet, Sandrine Cestèle, Massimo Mantegazza, Barbara Bardoni
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability (ID) and a leading cause of autism. FXS is due to the silencing of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein (FMRP), an RNA binding protein mainly involved in translational control, dendritic spine morphology and synaptic plasticity. Despite extensive studies, there is currently no cure for FXS. With the purpose to decipher the initial molecular events leading to this pathology, we developed a stem-cell-based disease model by knocking-down the expression of Fmr1 in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs)...
September 24, 2016: Stem Cells
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