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Stem Cell Reviews

Klemen Čamernik, Ariana Barlič, Matej Drobnič, Janja Marc, Matjaž Jeras, Janja Zupan
The musculoskeletal system includes tissues that have remarkable regenerative capabilities. Bone and muscle sustain micro-damage throughout the lifetime, yet they continue to provide the body with the support that is needed for everyday activities. Our current understanding is that the regenerative capacity of the musculoskeletal system can be attributed to the mesenchymal stem/ stromal cells (MSCs) that reside within its different anatomical compartments. These MSCs can replenish various tissues with progenitor cells to form functional cells, such as osteoblasts, chondrocytes, myocytes, and others...
March 20, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Maria Siemionow, Joanna Cwykiel, Ahlke Heydemann, Jesus Garcia, Enza Marchese, Krzysztof Siemionow, Erzsebet Szilagyi
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive and lethal disease caused by mutations of the dystrophin gene. Currently no cure exists. Stem cell therapies targeting DMD are challenged by limited engraftment and rejection despite the use of immunosuppression. There is an urgent need to introduce new stem cell-based therapies that exhibit low allogenic profiles and improved cell engraftment. In this proof-of-concept study, we develop and test a new human stem cell-based approach to increase engraftment, limit rejection, and restore dystrophin expression in the mdx/scid mouse model of DMD...
March 15, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Michelle M J Mens, Mohsen Ghanbari
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small non-coding RNA molecules involved in the regulation of gene expression. They are involved in the fine-tuning of fundamental biological processes such as proliferation, differentiation, survival and apoptosis in many cell types. Emerging evidence suggests that miRNAs regulate critical pathways involved in stem cell function. Several miRNAs have been suggested to target transcripts that directly or indirectly coordinate the cell cycle progression of stem cells. Moreover, previous studies have shown that altered expression levels of miRNAs can contribute to pathological conditions, such as cancer, due to the loss of cell cycle regulation...
March 14, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Kran Suknuntha, Lihong Tao, Vera Brok-Volchanskaya, Saritha S D'Souza, Akhilesh Kumar, Igor Slukvin
Identification of transcription factors that directly convert pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) into endothelial and blood cells and advances in the chemical modifications of messenger RNA (mRNA) offer alternative nucleic acid-based transgene-free approach for scalable production of these cells for drug screening and therapeutic purposes. Here we evaluated the effect of 5' and 3' RNA untranslated regions (UTRs) on translational efficiency of chemically-modified synthetic mRNA (modRNA) in human PSCs and showed that an addition of 5'UTR indeed enhanced protein expression...
March 8, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Anna Kornakiewicz, Anna M Czarnecka, Mohammed I Khan, Paweł Krasowski, Anna V Kotrys, Cezary Szczylik
The aim of this study was to compare effect of everolimus on growth of different renal cell carcinoma (RCC) populations and develop experimental design to measure the early response of everolimus in clear cell RCC (ccRCC) cell lines including renal cancer stem cells. Effect of everolimus on RCC cell lines which include primary (786-0) and metastatic (ACHN) RCC cell lines as well as heterogenous populations of tumor cells of different histological RCC subtypes (clear cell RCC and papillary RCC) was measured when treated with everolimus in the range of 1-9 µM...
March 5, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Barbara Merlo, Gabriella Teti, Eleonora Mazzotti, Laura Ingrà, Viviana Salvatore, Marina Buzzi, Giorgia Cerqueni, Manuela Dicarlo, Aliai Lanci, Carolina Castagnetti, Eleonora Iacono
Wharton's jelly (WJ) is an important source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) both in human and other animals. The aim of this study was to compare human and equine WJMSCs. Human and equine WJMSCs were isolated and cultured using the same protocols and culture media. Cells were characterized by analysing morphology, growth rate, migration and adhesion capability, immunophenotype, differentiation potential and ultrastructure. Results showed that human and equine WJMSCs have similar ultrastructural details connected with intense synthetic and metabolic activity, but differ in growth, migration, adhesion capability and differentiation potential...
March 5, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Qiaolin Yang, Lingfei Jia, Xiaobei Li, Runzhi Guo, Yiping Huang, Yunfei Zheng, Weiran Li
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are an important population of multipotent stem cells that differentiate into multiple lineages and display great potential in bone regeneration and repair. Although the role of protein-coding genes in the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs has been extensively studied, the functions of noncoding RNAs in the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs are unclear. The recent application of next-generation sequencing to MSC transcriptomes has revealed that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are associated with the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs...
February 20, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Valéria Ferreira-Silva, Fernando L Primo, Munira M A Baqui, Danielle A R Magalhães, Maristela D Orellana, Andrielle Castilho-Fernandes, Mario C Cruz, Niehls O S Câmara, Dimas T Covas, Antonio C Tedesco
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the neural protein expression pattern of human multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) treated with forskolin (free-form/FF). The study investigated forskolin's capacity to enhance intracellular levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) by activating adenylate cyclase and probably by inducing neuron-like cells in vitro. In addition, because nanotechnology is a growing field of tissue engineering, we also assessed the action of a new system called the nanostructured-forskolin (NF) to examine the improvement of drug delivery...
February 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Mehdi Najar, Emerence Crompot, Leo A van Grunsven, Laurent Dollé, Laurence Lagneaux
Thanks to their relative abundance and easier collection, adipose tissue (AT) is considered an alternative source for the isolation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). MSCs have great therapeutic values and are thus under investigations for several clinical indications such as regenerative medicine and immunomodulation. In this work, we aimed to identify, isolate and characterize AT-MSCs based on their aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity known to be a classical feature of stem cells. FACS technology allowed to isolate two different populations of AT-MSCs according to their ALDH activity (referred as ALDH+ and ALDH-)...
January 15, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
M Siemionow, J Cwykiel, A Heydemann, J Garcia-Martinez, K Siemionow, E Szilagyi
Over the past decade different stem cell (SC) based approaches were tested to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a lethal X-linked disorder caused by mutations in dystrophin gene. Despite research efforts, there is no curative therapy for DMD. Allogeneic SC therapies aim to restore dystrophin in the affected muscles; however, they are challenged by rejection and limited engraftment. Thus, there is a need to develop new more efficacious SC therapies. Chimeric Cells (CC), created via ex vivo fusion of donor and recipient cells, represent a promising therapeutic option for tissue regeneration and Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) due to tolerogenic properties that eliminate the need for lifelong immunosuppression...
January 5, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Georgia Pennarossa, Rosaria Santoro, Elena F M Manzoni, Maurizio Pesce, Fulvio Gandolfi, Tiziana A L Brevini
Several studies have demonstrated the possibility to revert differentiation process, reactivating hypermethylated genes and facilitating cell transition to a different lineage. Beside the epigenetic mechanisms driving cell conversion processes, growing evidences highlight the importance of mechanical forces in supporting cell plasticity and boosting differentiation. Here, we describe epigenetic erasing and conversion of dermal fibroblasts into insulin-producing cells (EpiCC), and demonstrate that the use of a low-stiffness substrate positively influences these processes...
December 28, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
Amanda Mizukami, Mario Soares de Abreu Neto, Francisco Moreira, Ana Fernandes-Platzgummer, Yi-Feng Huang, William Milligan, Joaquim M S Cabral, Cláudia L da Silva, Dimas T Covas, Kamilla Swiech
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February 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Philipp Wörsdörfer, Süleyman Ergün
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February 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
Dae Seong Kim, Whi Hyeong Lee, Myoung Woo Lee, Hyun Jin Park, In Keun Jang, Ji Won Lee, Ki Woong Sung, Hong Hoe Koo, Keon Hee Yoo
Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known for their prostaglandin E2 (PGE2)-mediated immunosuppressive function but the precise molecular mechanisms underlying PGE2 biosynthesis during inflammation have not been completely elucidated. In this study, we have investigated the involvement of PGE2 pathway members in PGE2 production by bone marrow (BM)-MSCs in response to inflammatory stimuli, and their role in immunosuppression mediated by BM-MSCs. We found that IFN-γ and TNF-α increased cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 expression but not that of prostaglandin E synthase (PGES), or PGE2 production...
December 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
Jaison Daniel Cucarián Hurtado, Jenny Paola Berrío Sánchez, Ramiro Barcos Nunes, Alcyr Alves de Oliveira
The absence of effective and satisfactory treatments that contribute to repairing the dopaminergic damage caused by Parkinson's Disease (PD) and the limited recovery capacity of the nervous system are troubling issues and the focus of many research and clinical domains. Recent advances in the treatment of PD through stem cell (SC) therapy have recognized their promising restorative and neuroprotective effects that are implicated in the potentiation of endogenous mechanisms of repair and contribute to functional locomotor improvement...
December 21, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
Luca Tamò, Cedric Simillion, Youssef Hibaoui, Anis Feki, Mathias Gugger, Antje Prasse, Benedikt Jäger, Torsten Goldmann, Thomas Geiser, Amiq Gazdhar
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a complex disease involving various cell types. Macrophages are essential in maintenance of physiological homeostasis, wound repair and fibrosis in the lung. Macrophages play a crucial role in repair and remodeling by altering their phenotype and secretory pattern in response to injury. The secretome of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC-cm) attenuates injury and fibrosis in bleomycin injured rat lungs. In the current study, we evaluate the effect of iPSC-cm on gene expression and phenotype of interstitial macrophage in bleomycin injured rat lungs in vivo...
December 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
Ilgin Cagnan, Aysen Gunel-Ozcan, Fatima Aerts-Kaya, Najim Ameziane, Baris Kuskonmaz, Josephine Dorsman, Fatma Gumruk, Duygu Uckan
Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) secretion from cells in the bone marrow (BM) niche affects hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) fate and has a cardinal role in HSC quiescence. BM mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs), a component of the BM niche, may produce abnormal levels of TGF-β in Fanconi anemia (FA) and may play a role in bone marrow failure. Here, we molecularly and cellularly characterized FA BM-MSCs by addressing their immunophenotype, proliferation- and differentiation- capacity, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, senescence activity as well as expression and secretion levels of TGF-β isoforms...
December 15, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
Matthias Schürmann, Viktoria Brotzmann, Marlena Bütow, Johannes Greiner, Anna Höving, Christian Kaltschmidt, Barbara Kaltschmidt, Holger Sudhoff
Due to their extraordinarily broad differentiation potential and persistence during adulthood, adult neural crest-derived stem cells (NCSCs) are highly promising candidates for clinical applications, particularly when facing the challenging treatment of neurodegenerative diseases or complex craniofacial injuries. Successful application of human NCSCs in regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical research mainly relies on the availability of sufficient amounts of tissue for cell isolation procedures. Facing this challenge, we here describe for the first time a novel population of NCSCs within the middle turbinate of the human nasal cavity...
December 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
Young-Jun Choi, Hyemin Kim, Ji-Woo Kim, Chang-Woo Song, Dae-Sung Kim, Seokjoo Yoon, Han-Jin Park
During liver development, nonpolarized hepatic progenitor cells differentiate into mature hepatocytes with distinct polarity. This polarity is essential for maintaining the intrinsic properties of hepatocytes. The balance between the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) plays a decisive role in differentiation of polarized hepatocytes. In this study, we found that phthalazinone pyrazole (PP), a selective inhibitor of Aurora-A kinase (Aurora-A), suppressed the EMT during the differentiation of hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) from human embryonic stem cells...
December 13, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
F Evaristo-Mendonça, A Carrier-Ruiz, R de Siqueira-Santos, R M P Campos, B Rangel, T H Kasai-Brunswick, V T Ribeiro-Resende
Adult peripheral nerves in vertebrates can regrow their axons and re-establish function after crush lesion. However, when there is extensive loss of a nerve segment, due to an accident or compressive damage caused by tumors, regeneration is strongly impaired. In order to overcome this problem, bioengineering strategies have been employed, using biomaterials formed by key cell types combined with biodegradable polymers. Many of these strategies are successful, and regenerated nerve tissue can be observed 12 weeks after the implantation...
December 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
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