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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233474/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-endothelial-cells-overexpressing-interleukin-8-receptors-a-b-and-or-c-c-chemokine-receptors-2-5-inhibit-vascular-injury-response
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Samantha Giordano, Xiangmin Zhao, Yiu-Fai Chen, Silvio H Litovsky, Fadi G Hage, Tim M Townes, Chiao-Wang Sun, Li-Chen Wu, Suzanne Oparil, Dongqi Xing
Recruitment of neutrophils and monocytes/macrophages to the site of vascular injury is mediated by binding of chemoattractants to interleukin (IL) 8 receptors RA and RB (IL8RA/B) C-C chemokine receptors (CCR) 2 and 5 expressed on neutrophil and monocyte/macrophage membranes. Endothelial cells (ECs) derived from rat-induced pluripotent stem cells (RiPS) were transduced with adenovirus containing cDNA of IL8RA/B and/or CCR2/5. We hypothesized that RiPS-ECs overexpressing IL8RA/B (RiPS-IL8RA/B-ECs), CCR2/5 (RiPS-CCR2/5-ECs), or both receptors (RiPS-IL8RA/B+CCR2/5-ECs) will inhibit inflammatory responses and neointima formation in balloon-injured rat carotid artery...
February 24, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225193/human-neural-progenitor-transplantation-rescues-behavior-and-reduces-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-a-transgenic-model-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Natalie R S Goldberg, Samuel E Marsh, Joseph Ochaba, Brandon C Shelley, Hayk Davtyan, Leslie M Thompson, Joan S Steffan, Clive N Svendsen, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Synucleinopathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders sharing the common feature of misfolding and accumulation of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (α-syn) into insoluble aggregates. Within this diverse group, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is characterized by the aberrant accumulation of α-syn in cortical, hippocampal, and brainstem neurons, resulting in multiple cellular stressors that particularly impair dopamine and glutamate neurotransmission and related motor and cognitive function. Recent studies show that murine neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation can improve cognitive or motor function in transgenic models of Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease, and DLB...
February 22, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224719/cardiomyocyte-differentiation-promotes-cell-survival-during-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-inhibition-through-increased-maintenance-of-cellular-energy-stores
#3
Erin M Kropp, Katarzyna A Broniowska, Matthew Waas, Alyssa Nycz, John A Corbett, Rebekah L Gundry
To address concerns regarding the tumorigenic potential of undifferentiated human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) that may remain after in vitro differentiation and ultimately limit the broad use of hPSC-derivatives for therapeutics, we recently described a method to selectively eliminate tumorigenic hPSC from their progeny by inhibiting nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT). Limited exposure to NAMPT inhibitors selectively removes hPSC from hPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CM) and spares a wide range of differentiated cell types; yet, it remains unclear when and how cells acquire resistance to NAMPT inhibition during differentiation...
February 22, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213979/mmp-2-and-mmp-14-silencing-inhibits-vegfr2-cleavage-and-induces-the-differentiation-of-porcine-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-endothelial-cells
#4
Sami G Almalki, Yovani Llamas Valle, Devendra K Agrawal
The molecular mechanisms that control the ability of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) to remodel three-dimensional extracellular matrix barriers during differentiation are not clearly understood. Herein, we studied the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) during the differentiation of AMSCs to endothelial cells (ECs) in vitro. MSCs were isolated from porcine abdominal adipose tissue, and characterized by immunopositivity to CD44, CD90, CD105, and immunonegativity to CD14 and CD45. Plasticity of AMSCs was confirmed by multilineage differentiation...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213976/enhancement-of-%C3%AE-globin-gene-expression-in-thalassemic-ivs2-654-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-erythroid-cells-by-modified-u7-snrna
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Phetcharat Phanthong, Suparerk Borwornpinyo, Narisorn Kitiyanant, Natee Jearawiriyapaisarn, Lalana Nuntakarn, Jirawat Saetan, Tiwaporn Nualkaew, Khanit Sa-Ngiamsuntorn, Usanarat Anurathapan, Andras Dinnyes, Yindee Kitiyanant, Suradej Hongeng
The therapeutic use of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is emerging as a potential treatment of β-thalassemia. Ideally, patient-specific iPSCs would be genetically corrected by various approaches to treat β-thalassemia including lentiviral gene transfer, lentivirus-delivered shRNA, and gene editing. These corrected iPSCs would be subsequently differentiated into hematopoietic stem cells and transplanted back into the same patient. In this article, we present a proof of principle study for disease modeling and screening using iPSCs to test the potential use of the modified U7 small nuclear (sn) RNA to correct a splice defect in IVS2-654 β-thalassemia...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213970/efficacy-and-safety-of-immuno-magnetically-sorted-smooth-muscle-progenitor-cells-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-restoring-urethral-sphincter-function
#6
Yanhui Li, Morgaine Green, Yan Wen, Yi Wei, Prachi Wani, Zhe Wang, Renee Reijo Pera, Bertha Chen
Human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)-based cell therapy holds promise for treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, safety concerns, especially tumorgenic potential of residual undifferentiated cells in hiPSC derivatives, are major barriers for its clinical translation. An efficient, fast and clinical-scale strategy for purifying committed cells is also required. Our previous studies demonstrated the regenerative effects of hiPSC-derived smooth muscle progenitor cells (pSMCs) on the injured urethral sphincter in SUI, but the differentiation protocol required fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) which is not practical for autologous clinical applications...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213969/highly-efficient-neural-conversion-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-adherent-and-animal-free-conditions
#7
Dunja Lukovic, Andrea Diez Lloret, Petra Stojkovic, Daniel Rodríguez-Martínez, Maria Amparo Perez Arago, Francisco Javier Rodriguez-Jimenez, Patricia González-Rodríguez, José López-Barneo, Eva Sykova, Pavla Jendelova, Jelena Kostic, Victoria Moreno-Manzano, Miodrag Stojkovic, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Slaven Erceg
Neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can produce a valuable and robust source of human neural cell subtypes, holding great promise for the study of neurogenesis and development, and for treating neurological diseases. However, current hESCs and hiPSCs neural differentiation protocols require either animal factors or embryoid body formation, which decreases efficiency and yield, and strongly limits medical applications. Here we develop a simple, animal-free protocol for neural conversion of both hESCs and hiPSCs in adherent culture conditions...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213967/extracellular-vesicles-from-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-improve-survival-from-lethal-hepatic-failure-in-mice
#8
Hiroaki Haga, Irene K Yan, Kenji Takahashi, Akiko Matsuda, Tushar Patel
Stem cell-based therapies have potential for treatment of liver injury by contributing to regenerative responses, through functional tissue replacement or paracrine effects. The release of extracellular vesicles (EV) from cells has been implicated in intercellular communication, and may contribute to beneficial paracrine effects of stem cell-based therapies. Therapeutic effects of bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and vesicles released by these cells were examined in a lethal murine model of hepatic failure induced by d-galactosamine/tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205428/systemically-infused-mesenchymal-stem-cells-show-different-homing-profiles-in-healthy-and-tumor-mouse-models
#9
Chengying Xie, Zhangru Yang, Yuanzhen Suo, Qianqian Chen, Dan Wei, Xiaofu Weng, Zhengqin Gu, Xunbin Wei
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can localize in injured, inflamed, and cancerous tissues after systemic infusion. However, the dynamic homing profile of MSCs in the peripheral blood is not well characterized. Here, using in vivo flow cytometry to noninvasively monitor the dynamics of fluorescence-labeled cells, we found different clearance kinetics of systemically infused MSCs between healthy and tumor mouse models. The circulation times of MSCs in healthy mice and mice with subcutaneous tumors, orthotopically transplanted liver tumors, or metastatic lung tumors were 30, 24, 18, and 12 hours, respectively, suggesting that MSCs actively home to tumor environments...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205415/microfluidic-screening-reveals-heparan-sulfate-enhances-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-growth-by-modulating-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-transport
#10
Drew M Titmarsh, Clarissa L L Tan, Nick R Glass, Victor Nurcombe, Justin J Cooper-White, Simon M Cool
Cost-effective expansion of human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (hMSCs) remains a key challenge for their widespread clinical deployment. Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) is a key hMSC mitogen often supplemented to increase hMSC growth rates. However, hMSCs also produce endogenous FGF-2, which critically interacts with cell surface heparan sulfate (HS). We assessed the interplay of FGF-2 with a heparan sulfate variant (HS8) engineered to bind FGF-2 and potentiate its activity. Bone marrow-derived hMSCs were screened in perfused microbioreactor arrays (MBAs), showing that HS8 (50 μg/ml) increased hMSC proliferation and cell number after 3 days, with an effect equivalent to FGF-2 (50 ng/ml)...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205414/avoidance-of-maternal-cell-contamination-and-overgrowth-in-isolating-fetal-chorionic-villi-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-human-term-placenta
#11
Varda S Sardesai, Abbas Shafiee, Nicholas M Fisk, Rebecca A Pelekanos
Human placenta is rich in mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC), with their origin widely presumed fetal. Cultured placental MSCs are confounded by a high frequency of maternal cell contamination. Our recent systematic review concluded that only a small minority of placental MSC publications report fetal/maternal origin, and failed to discern a specific methodology for isolation of fetal MSC from term villi. We determined isolation conditions to yield fetal and separately maternal MSC during ex vivo expansion from human term placenta...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205406/potency-of-human-cardiosphere-derived-cells-from-patients-with-ischemic-heart-disease-is-associated-with-robust-vascular-supportive-ability
#12
Emma Harvey, Huajun Zhang, Pilar Sepúlveda, Sara P Garcia, Dominic Sweeney, Fizzah A Choudry, Delia Castellano, George N Thomas, Hassan Kattach, Romina Petersen, Derek J Blake, David P Taggart, Mattia Frontini, Suzanne M Watt, Enca Martin-Rendon
Cardiosphere-derived cell (CDC) infusion into damaged myocardium has shown some reparative effect; this could be improved by better selection of patients and cell subtype. CDCs isolated from patients with ischemic heart disease are able to support vessel formation in vitro but this ability varies between patients. The primary aim of our study was to investigate whether the vascular supportive function of CDCs impacts on their therapeutic potential, with the goal of improving patient stratification. A subgroup of patients produced CDCs which did not efficiently support vessel formation (poor supporter CDCs), had reduced levels of proliferation and increased senescence, despite them being isolated in the same manner and having a similar immunophenotype to CDCs able to support vessel formation...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198592/bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-exosomes-promote-survival-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-through-mirna-dependent-mechanisms
#13
Ben Mead, Stanislav Tomarev
The loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and their axons is one of the leading causes of blindness and includes traumatic (optic neuropathy) and degenerative (glaucoma) eye diseases. Although no clinical therapies are in use, mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have demonstrated significant neuroprotective and axogenic effects on RGC in both of the aforementioned models. Recent evidence has shown that MSC secrete exosomes, membrane enclosed vesicles (30-100 nm) containing proteins, mRNA and miRNA which can be delivered to nearby cells...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198124/long-distance-axonal-growth-and-protracted-functional-maturation-of-neurons-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-after-intracerebral-transplantation
#14
Jonathan C Niclis, Christopher Turner, Jennifer Durnall, Stuart McDougal, Jessica A Kauhausen, Bryan Leaw, Mirella Dottori, Clare L Parish, Lachlan H Thompson
The capacity for induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to be differentiated into a wide range of neural cell types makes them an attractive donor source for autologous neural transplantation therapies aimed at brain repair. Translation to the in vivo setting has been difficult, however, with mixed results in a wide variety of preclinical models of brain injury and limited information on the basic in vivo properties of neural grafts generated from human iPS cells. Here we have generated a human iPS cell line constitutively expressing green fluorescent protein as a basis to identify and characterize grafts resulting from transplantation of neural progenitors into the adult rat brain...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198109/progenitors-in-peripheral-nerves-launch-heterotopic-ossification
#15
Elizabeth A Olmsted-Davis, Elizabeth A Salisbury, Diana Hoang, Eleanor L Davis, ZaWaunyka Lazard, Corinne Sonnet, Thomas A Davis, Jonathan A Forsberg, Alan R Davis
Studies presented here, using a murine model of bone morphogenetic protein type 2 (BMP2)-induced heterotopic ossification (HO) show that the protein initiates HO by signaling through progenitors in the endoneurium of peripheral nerves. In the mouse, these cells were identified in the endoneurium one day after BMP2 induction using antibody against phosphoSMAD (PS) 1, 5, and 8. Studies conducted in a tracking mouse that contains a tamoxifen-regulated Wnt1-Cre recombinase crossed with a td Tomato red (TR) reporter (Wnt1(CreErt) :Ai9Tm) confirmed their neural origin...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194905/a-proinflammatory-secretome-mediates-the-impaired-immunopotency-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-elderly-patients-with-atherosclerosis
#16
Özge Kizilay Mancini, Maximilien Lora, Dominique Shum-Tim, Stephanie Nadeau, Francis Rodier, Inés Colmegna
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis (ATH). Due to their potent immunomodulatory properties, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are evaluated as therapeutic tools in ATH and other chronic inflammatory disorders. Aging reduces MSCs immunopotency potentially limiting their therapeutic utility. The mechanisms that mediate the effect of age on MSCs immune-regulatory function remain elusive and are the focus of this study. Human adipose tissue-derived MSCs were isolated from patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery...
February 14, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177194/concise-review-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-functional-cartilage-tissue-engineering-taking-cues-from-chondrocyte-based-constructs
#17
Andrea R Tan, Clark T Hung
Osteoarthritis, the most prevalent form of joint disease, afflicts 9% of the U.S. population over the age of 30 and costs the economy nearly $100 billion annually in healthcare and socioeconomic costs. It is characterized by joint pain and dysfunction, though the pathophysiology remains largely unknown. Due to its avascular nature and limited cellularity, articular cartilage exhibits a poor intrinsic healing response following injury. As such, significant research efforts are aimed at producing engineered cartilage as a cell-based approach for articular cartilage repair...
February 8, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176469/epcam-liver-cancer-stem-like-cells-exhibiting-autocrine-wnt-signaling-potentially-originate-in-cirrhotic-patients
#18
Ritu Khosla, Archana Rastogi, Gayatri Ramakrishna, Viniyendra Pamecha, Ashok Mukhopadhyay, Madavan Vasudevan, Shiv Kumar Sarin, Nirupma Trehanpati
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is believed to originate from cancer stem cells (CSCs). While epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is a marker of normal hepatic stem cells (HSCs), EpCAM+ cells from HCC behave like CSCs. Since HCC mostly develops on a cirrhotic background, we sought to determine whether CSC-like EpCAM+ cells exist in patients with advanced cirrhosis. Both flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry showed that frequency of EpCAM+ cells in advanced cirrhosis was increased as compared to control...
February 8, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186681/skin-derived-precursors-as-a-source-of-progenitors-for-corneal-endothelial-regeneration
#19
Emi Inagaki, Shin Hatou, Kazunari Higa, Satoru Yoshida, Shinsuke Shibata, Hideyuki Okano, Kazuo Tsubota, Shigeto Shimmura
Corneal blindness is the fourth leading cause of blindness in the world. Current treatment is allogenic corneal transplantation, which is limited by shortage of donors and immunological rejection. Skin-derived precursors (SKPs) are postnatal stem cells, which are self-renewing, multipotent precursors that can be isolated and expanded from the dermis. Facial skin may therefore be an accessible autologous source of neural crest derived cells. SKPs were isolated from facial skin of Wnt1-Cre/Floxed EGFP mouse. After inducing differentiation with medium containing retinoic acid and GSK 3-β inhibitor, SKPs formed polygonal corneal endothelial-like cells (sTECE)...
February 6, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186678/gamma-secretase-inhibitor-ix-gsi-impairs-concomitant-activation-of-notch-and-wnt-beta-catenin-pathways-in-cd44-gastric-cancer-stem-cells
#20
Samarpita Barat, Xi Chen, Khac Cuong Bui, Przemyslaw Bozko, Julian Götze, Matthias Christgen, Till Krech, Nisar P Malek, Ruben R Plentz
Cancer stem cells (CSC) are associated with tumor resistance and are characterized in gastric cancer (GC). Studies have indicated that Notch and wnt-beta-catenin pathways are crucial for CSC development. Using CD44(+) CSCs, we investigated the role of these pathways in GC carcinogenesis. We performed cell proliferation, wound healing, invasion, tumorsphere, and apoptosis assays. Immunoblot analysis of downstream signaling targets of Notch and wnt-beta-catenin were tested after gamma-secretase inhibitor IX (GSI) treatment...
February 3, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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