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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774758/dmrt-proteins-and-coordination-of-mammalian-spermatogenesis
#1
Teng Zhang, David Zarkower
DMRT genes encode a deeply conserved family of transcription factors that share a unique DNA binding motif, the DM domain. DMRTs regulate development in a broad variety of metazoans and they appear to have controlled sexual differentiation for hundreds of millions of years. In mice, starting during embryonic development, three Dmrt genes act sequentially to help establish and maintain spermatogenesis. Dmrt1 has notably diverse functions that include repressing pluripotency genes and promoting mitotic arrest in embryonic germ cells, reactivating prospermatogonia perinatally, establishing and maintaining spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs), promoting spermatogonial differentiation, and controlling the mitosis/meiosis switch...
July 25, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772167/glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-inhibition-sensitizes-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-thiol-containing-antioxidants-induced-apoptosis
#2
Chengyi Tu, Robert Xu, Meghana Koleti, Janet Zoldan
Inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) is an extensively used strategy to activate Wnt pathway for pluripotent stem cell (PSC) differentiation. However, the effects of such inhibition on PSCs, besides upregulating the Wnt pathway, have rarely been investigated despite that GSK3 is broadly involved in other cellular activities such as insulin signaling and cell growth/survival regulation. Here we describe a previously unknown synergistic effect between GSK3 inhibition (e.g., Chir99021 and LY2090314) and various normally non-toxic thiol-containing antioxidants (e...
July 22, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801028/convergent-evolution-of-germ-granule-nucleators-a-hypothesis
#3
Arpita Kulkarni, Cassandra G Extavour
Germ cells have been considered "the ultimate stem cell" because they alone, during normal development of sexually reproducing organisms, are able to give rise to all organismal cell types. Morphological descriptions of a specialized cytoplasm termed 'germ plasm' and associated electron dense ribonucleoprotein (RNP) structures called 'germ granules' within germ cells date back as early as the 1800s. Both germ plasm and germ granules are implicated in germ line specification across metazoans. However, at a molecular level, little is currently understood about the molecular mechanisms that assemble these entities in germ cells...
July 19, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754604/regulation-of-fetal-male-germ-cell-development-by-members-of-the-tgf%C3%AE-superfamily
#4
Cassy Spiller, Guillaume Burnet, Josephine Bowles
There is now substantial evidence that members of the transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ family) regulate germ cell development in the mouse fetal testis. Correct development of germ cells during fetal life is critical for establishment of effective spermatogenesis and for avoiding the formation of testicular germ cell cancer in later life. Here we consider the evidence for involvement of various TGFβ family members, attempt to reconcile discrepancies and clarify what we believe to be the likely in vivo roles of these factors...
July 19, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754603/a-pilgrim-s-progress-seeking-meaning-in-primordial-germ-cell-migration
#5
Andrea V Cantú, Diana J Laird
Comparative studies of primordial germ cell (PGC) development across organisms in many phyla reveal surprising diversity in the route of migration, timing and underlying molecular mechanisms, suggesting that the process of migration itself is conserved. However, beyond the perfunctory transport of cellular precursors to their later arising home of the gonads, does PGC migration serve a function? Here we propose that the process of migration plays an additional role in quality control, by eliminating PGCs incapable of completing migration as well as through mechanisms that favor PGCs capable of responding appropriately to migration cues...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743043/neurotrophy-and-immunomodulation-of-induced-neural-stem-cell-grafts-in-a-mouse-model-of-closed-head-injury
#6
Mou Gao, Hui Yao, Qin Dong, Yan Zhang, Yang Yang, Yihua Zhang, Zhijun Yang, Minhui Xu, Ruxiang Xu
Closed head injury (CHI) usually results in severe and permanent neurological impairments, which are caused by several intertwined phenomena, such as cerebral edema, blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, neuronal loss, astroglial scarring and inflammation. We previously reported that induced neural stem cells (iNSCs), similar to neural stem cells (NSCs), can accelerate neurological recovery in vivo and produce neurotrophic factors in vitro. However, the effects of iNSC neurotrophy following CHI were not determined...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759843/trim28-epigenetic-corepressor-is-indispensable-for-stable-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-formation
#7
Marta Klimczak, Patrycja Czerwińska, Sylwia Mazurek, Barbara Sozańska, Przemysław Biecek, Andrzej Mackiewicz, Maciej Wiznerowicz
Cellular reprogramming proceeds in a stepwise pathway initiated by binding and transcription of pluripotency factors followed by genome-wide epigenetic changes. Priming events, such as erasure of DNA methylation and chromatin remodeling determines the success of pluripotency acquisition later. Therefore, growing efforts are made to understand epigenetic regulatory network that makes reprogramming possible and efficient. Here, we analyze the role of transcriptional corepressor TRIM28, involved in heterochromatin formation, during the process of reprogramming of mouse somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells)...
July 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756340/a-multiplexed-screening-method-for-pluripotency
#8
Alexander Plotnikov, Noga Kozer, Vladislav Krupalnik, Shani Peles, Nofar Mor, Yoach Rais, Jacob H Hanna, Haim M Barr
Measurement of Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) level is a widely used procedure in clinical and basic research. We present a simple and inexpensive luminescence-based method that allows multiplexed measurement and normalization of intracellular ALP levels in one sample well. The method comprises two commercially available reagents enabling quantification of ALP levels and cell number by two sequential luminescence readouts. Using this method we were able to detect and analyze somatic reprogramming into pluripotent stem cells...
July 12, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732241/generation-of-skeletal-myogenic-progenitors-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-non-viral-delivery-of-minicircle-dna
#9
Jaemin Kim, Vanessa K P Oliveira, Ami Yamamoto, Rita C R Perlingeiro
Currently, the most efficient and promising approach for generating large numbers of engraftable human skeletal myogenic progenitors from pluripotent stem cells requires the conditional in vitro overexpression of PAX7 using lentiviral vectors. Because a non-integrating approach would be preferable to eliminate or minimize the risk associated with random genomic integration, here we investigate whether transient expression of PAX7 using minicircle DNA would enable the generation of functional pluripotent stem cell-derived myogenic progenitors, equivalent to those generated by lentivirus...
July 12, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732240/constitutive-transgene-expression-of-stem-cell-antigen-1-in-the-hair-follicle-alters-the-sensitivity-to-tumor-formation-and-progression
#10
Rikke Christensen, David M Owens, Annette C Füchtbauer, Anders Gunnarsson, Mette Ramsing, Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer, Uffe Birk Jensen
The cell surface protein Stem Cell Antigen-1 (Sca-1) marks stem or progenitor cells in several murine tissues and is normally upregulated during cancer development. Although the specific function of Sca-1 remains unknown, Sca-1 seems to play a role in proliferation, differentiation and cell migration in a number of tissues. In the skin epithelium, Sca-1 is highly expressed in the interfollicular epidermis but is absent in most compartments of the hair follicle; however, the function of Sca-1 in the skin has not been investigated...
July 8, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711757/cxcr4-and-cxcr7-play-distinct-roles-in-cardiac-lineage-specification-and-pharmacologic-%C3%AE-adrenergic-response
#11
Delaine K Ceholski, Irene C Turnbull, Venu Pothula, Laura Lecce, Andrew A Jarrah, Changwon Kho, Ahyoung Lee, Lahouaria Hadri, Kevin D Costa, Roger J Hajjar, Sima T Tarzami
CXCR4 and CXCR7 are prominent G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) for chemokine stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1/CXCL12). This study demonstrates that CXCR4 and CXCR7 induce differential effects during cardiac lineage differentiation and β-adrenergic response in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). Using lentiviral vectors to ablate CXCR4 and/or CXCR7 expression, hiPSC-CMs were tested for phenotypic and functional properties due to gene knockdown. Gene expression and flow cytometry confirmed the pluripotent and cardiomyocyte phenotype of undifferentiated and differentiated hiPSCs, respectively...
July 8, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743044/electrophysiological-and-gene-expression-characterization-of-the-ontogeny-of-nestin-expressing-cells-in-the-adult-mouse-midbrain
#12
Anupama Dey, Parisa Farzanehfar, Elena V Gazina, Tim D Aumann
The birth of new neurons, or neurogenesis, in the adult midbrain is important for progressing dopamine cell-replacement therapies for Parkinson's disease. Most studies suggest newborn cells remain undifferentiated or differentiate into glia within the adult midbrain. However, some studies suggest nestin+neural precursor cells (NPCs) have a propensity to generate new neurons here. We sought to confirm this by administering tamoxifen to adult NesCreER(T2)/R26eYFP transgenic mice, which permanently labelled adult nestin-expressing cells and their progeny with enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (eYFP)...
July 4, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715716/ronin-influences-the-dna-damage-response-in-pluripotent-stem-cells
#13
Bryce A Seifert, Marion Dejosez, Thomas P Zwaka
Early mammalian embryonic cells must maintain a particularly robust DNA repair system, as mutations at this developmental point have detrimental consequences for the organism. How the repair system can be tuned to fulfill such elevated requirements is largely unknown, but it may involve transcriptional regulation. Ronin (Thap11) is a transcriptional regulator responsible for vital programs in pluripotent cells. Here, we report that this protein also modulates the DNA damage response of such cells. We show that conditional Ronin knockout sensitizes embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to UV-C-induced DNA damage in association with Atr pathway activation and G2/M arrest...
July 3, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689068/efficient-induction-of-inner-ear-hair-cell-like-cells-from-mouse-es-cells-using-combination-of-math1-transfection-and-conditioned-medium-from-st2-stromal-cells
#14
Yukiteru Ouji, Masaharu Sakagami, Hiroko Omori, Shinji Higashiyama, Norikazu Kawai, Tadashi Kitahara, Akio Wanaka, Masahide Yoshikawa
We sought to establish a more efficient technique for induction of inner ear hair cell-like cells (HC-like cells) from embryonic stem cells (ES cells) by using a combination of two previously reported methods; ST2 stromal cell-conditioned medium, known to be favorable for HC-like cell induction (HIST2 method), and ES cells with transfer of the Math1 gene (Math1-ES cells). Math1-ES cells carrying Tet-inducible Math1 were cultured for 14days with doxycycline in conditioned medium from cultures of ST2 stromal cells following formation of 4-day embryoid bodies (EBs)...
July 1, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697461/direct-induction-of-functional-neuronal-cells-from-fibroblast-like-cells-derived-from-adult-human-retina
#15
Lili Hao, Zhen Xu, Hui Sun, Wu Luo, Youchen Yan, Jing Wang, Jingyi Guo, Yizhi Liu, Shuyi Chen
Obtaining and manipulating neuronal cells are critical for neural biology basic mechanism studies and translational applications. Recent advances in protocol development and mechanism dissections have made direct induction of neuronal cells from other somatic cells (iN) a promising strategy for such purposes. In this study, we established a protocol to expand a population of fibroblast-like cells from adult human retinal tissues, which can be reprogrammed into iNs by forced expression of neurogenic transcription factors...
June 29, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672156/evidence-for-a-retinal-progenitor-cell-in-the-postnatal-and-adult-mouse
#16
Xi Chen, Shaojun Wang, Haiwei Xu, Joao D Pereira, Konstantinos E Hatzistergos, Dieter Saur, Barbara Seidler, Joshua M Hare, Mark A Perrella, Zheng Qin Yin, Xiaoli Liu
Progress in cell therapy for retinal disorders has been challenging. Recognized retinal progenitors are a heterogeneous population of cells that lack surface markers for the isolation of live cells for clinical implementation. In the present application, our objective was to use the stem cell factor receptor c-Kit (CD117), a surface marker, to isolate and evaluate a distinct progenitor cell population from retinas of postnatal and adult mice. Here we report that, by combining traditional methods with fate mapping, we have identified a c-Kit-positive (c-Kit(+)) retinal progenitor cell (RPC) that is self-renewing and clonogenic in vitro, and capable of generating many cell types in vitro and in vivo...
June 24, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668644/an-inner-nuclear-membrane-protein-induces-rapid-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#17
Cecilia Bergqvist, Mohammed Hakim Jafferali, Santhosh Gudise, Robert Markus, Einar Hallberg
The ability of iPSCs (induced pluripotent stem cells) to generate any cell type in the body makes them valuable tools for cell replacement therapies. However, differentiation of iPSCs can be demanding, slow and variable. During differentiation chromatin is re-organized and silent dense heterochromatin becomes tethered to the nuclear periphery by processes involving the nuclear lamina and proteins of the INM (inner nuclear membrane). The INM protein, Samp1 (Spindle Associated Membrane Protein 1) interacts with Lamin A/C and the INM protein Emerin, which has a chromatin binding LEM (Lap2-Emerin-Man1)-domain...
June 22, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666145/simple-and-effective-generation-of-transgene-free-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-an-auto-erasable-sendai-virus-vector-responding-to-microrna-302
#18
Ken Nishimura, Manami Ohtaka, Hitomi Takada, Akira Kurisaki, Nhi Vo Kieu Tran, Yen Thi Hai Tran, Koji Hisatake, Masayuki Sano, Mahito Nakanishi
Transgene-free induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are valuable for both basic research and potential clinical applications. We previously reported that a replication-defective and persistent Sendai virus (SeVdp) vector harboring four reprogramming factors (SeVdp-iPS) can efficiently induce generation of transgene-free iPSCs. This vector can express all four factors stably and simultaneously without chromosomal integration and can be eliminated completely from reprogrammed cells by suppressing vector-derived RNA-dependent RNA polymerase...
June 20, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672157/the-p2x7-receptor-is-an-upstream-regulator-of-dynamic-blebbing-and-a-pluripotency-marker-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#19
Nikki Jo-Hao Weng, Prue Talbot
New methods are needed to reduce dynamic blebbing which inhibits cell attachment and survival during passaging of pluripotent stem cells. We tested the hypothesis that activation of the P2X7 receptor by extracellular ATP during passaging initiates dynamic blebbing. The P2X7 receptor was present in human embryonic stem cells (hESC), but not in differentiating cells. Extracellular ATP concentrations were 14× higher in medium during passaging. Addition of ATP to culture medium prolonged dynamic blebbing and inhibited attachment...
June 16, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651114/isolation-and-functional-interrogation-of-adult-human-prostate-epithelial-stem-cells-at-single-cell-resolution
#20
Wen-Yang Hu, Dan-Ping Hu, Lishi Xie, Ye Li, Shyama Majumdar, Larisa Nonn, Hong Hu, Toshi Shioda, Gail S Prins
Using primary cultures of normal human prostate epithelial cells, we developed a novel prostasphere-based, label-retention assay that permits identification and isolation of stem cells at a single cell level. Their bona fide stem cell nature was corroborated using in vitro and in vivo regenerative assays and documentation of symmetric/asymmetric division. Robust WNT10B and KRT13 levels without E-cadherin or KRT14 staining distinguished individual stem cells from daughter progenitors in spheroids. Following FACS to isolate label-retaining stem cells from label-free progenitors, RNA-seq identified unique gene signatures for the separate populations which may serve as useful biomarkers...
June 16, 2017: Stem Cell Research
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