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Gualtiero Alvisi, Marta Trevisan, Giulia Masi, Vanessa Canel, Luciana Caenazzo, Patrizia Nespeca, Luisa Barzon, Enzo Di Iorio, Vanessa Barbaro, Giorgio Palù
Human oral mucosa epithelial stem cells (hOMESCs) were obtained from a fresh oral biopsy collected from a healthy subject at the Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto (FBOV). An integration-free reprogramming protocol was applied exploiting episomal plasmids transfected into cells using a Nucleofector device. Around day 20 post transfection, several human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) colonies were manually picked and expanded. One of these (UNIPDi001-A-hiPSCs) expressed undifferentiated state marker alkaline phosphatase along with a panel of pluripotency state markers and was able to differentiate into the derivatives of all the three germ layers...
February 18, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Peter Stacey, Anne Mai Wassermann, Laura Kammonen, Emma Impey, Anna Wilbrey, Darren Cawkill
Screening against a disease-relevant phenotype to identify compounds that change the outcome of biological pathways, rather than just the activity of specific targets, offers an alternative approach to find modulators of disease characteristics. However, in pain research, use of in vitro phenotypic screens has been impeded by the challenge of sourcing relevant neuronal cell types in sufficient quantity and developing functional end-point measurements with a direct disease link. To overcome these hurdles, we have generated human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived sensory neurons at a robust production scale using the concept of cryopreserved "near-assay-ready" cells to decouple complex cell production from assay development and screening...
March 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Zhihan Zhao, Huan Lan, Xin Li, Gökhan Yücel, Siegfried Lang, Katherine Sattler, Jan-Dierk Schünemann, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann, Lukas Cyganek, Jochen Utikal, Thomas Wieland, Karen Bieback, Ralf Bauer, Antonius Ratte, Regina Pribe-Wolferts, Kleopatra Rapti, Daniel Nowak, Janina Wittig, Dierk Thomas, Patrick Most, Hugo A Katus, Ursula Ravens, Constanze Schmidt, Martin Borggrefe, Xiao-Bo Zhou, Oliver J Müller, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD) are a heritable group of genetically determined disorders with a primary involvement of the pelvic or shoulder girdle musculature with partially cardiac manifestation, such as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and life-threatening tachyarrhythmia. We report here that human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes from a patient with LGMD2I and DCM associated with recurrent ventricular tachycardia displayed ion channel dysfunction and abnormality of calcium homeostasis...
March 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
Plansky Hoang, Jason Wang, Bruce R Conklin, Kevin E Healy, Zhen Ma
The creation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) has provided an unprecedented opportunity to study tissue morphogenesis and organ development through 'organogenesis-in-a-dish'. Current approaches to cardiac organoid engineering rely on either direct cardiac differentiation from embryoid bodies (EBs) or generation of aligned cardiac tissues from predifferentiated cardiomyocytes from monolayer hiPSCs. To experimentally model early cardiac organogenesis in vitro, our protocol combines biomaterials-based cell patterning with stem cell organoid engineering...
April 2018: Nature Protocols
Yeri Alice Rim, Yoojun Nam, Narae Park, Hyerin Jung, Yeonsue Jang, Jennifer Lee, Ji Hyeon Ju
Scientists have tried to reprogram various origins of primary cells into human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Every somatic cell can theoretically become a hiPSC and give rise to targeted cells of the human body. However, there have been debates on the controversy about the differentiation propensity according to the origin of primary cells. We reprogrammed hiPSCs from four different types of primary cells such as dermal fibroblasts (DF, n = 3), peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC, n = 3), cord blood mononuclear cells (CBMC, n = 3), and osteoarthritis fibroblast-like synoviocytes (OAFLS, n = 3)...
2018: Stem Cells International
Zhihan Zhao, Huan Lan, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Xin Li, Fanis Buljubasic, Katherine Sattler, Gökhan Yücel, Siegfried Lang, Malte Tiburcy, Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann, Lukas Cyganek, Jochen Utikal, Thomas Wieland, Martin Borggrefe, Xiao-Bo Zhou, Ibrahim Akin
Background: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are providing new possibilities for the biological study, cell therapies, and drug discovery. However, the ion channel expression and functions as well as regulations in hiPSC-CMs still need to be fully characterized. Methods: Cardiomyocytes were derived from hiPS cells that were generated from two healthy donors. qPCR and patch clamp techniques were used for the study. Results: In addition to the reported ion channels, INa , ICa-L , ICa-T , If , INCX , IK1 , Ito , IKr , IKs IKATP , IK-pH , ISK1-3 , and ISK4 , we detected both the expression and currents of ACh-activated (KACh) and Na+ -activated (KNa) K+ , volume-regulated and calcium-activated (Cl-Ca) Cl- , and TRPV channels...
2018: Stem Cells International
Ginetta Collo, Laura Cavalleri, Federica Bono, Cristina Mora, Stefania Fedele, Roberto William Invernizzi, Massimo Gennarelli, Giovanna Piovani, Tilo Kunath, Mark J Millan, Emilio Merlo Pich, PierFranco Spano
The antiparkinsonian ropinirole and pramipexole are D3 receptor- (D3R-) preferring dopaminergic (DA) agonists used as adjunctive therapeutics for the treatment resistant depression (TRD). While the exact antidepressant mechanism of action remains uncertain, a role for D3R in the restoration of impaired neuroplasticity occurring in TRD has been proposed. Since D3R agonists are highly expressed on DA neurons in humans, we studied the effect of ropinirole and pramipexole on structural plasticity using a translational model of human-inducible pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)...
2018: Neural Plasticity
Bahareh Nazari, Masoud Soleimani, Somayeh Ebrahimi Barough, Seyed Ehsan Enderami, Mansure Kazemi, Babak Negahdari, Esmaeil Sadroddiny, Jafar Ai
Oligodendrocytes play critical roles in the central nervous system (CNS) thorough producing myelin sheaths around axons. There are a variety of approaches to produce oligodendrocytes in vitro and in vivo which are a subject of interest in many studies. A new approach to induce this differentiation is using microRNA 219 (miR-219). However, this new approach suffers from a lack of studies regarding the effect of miR-219 on differentiating human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to oligodendrocytes. This study aimed to assess the impact of miR-219-overexpression on hiPSCs...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Ciqing Tong, Tingxian Liu, Victorio Saez Talens, Willem E M Noteborn, Thomas H Sharp, Marco M R M Hendrix, Ilja K Voets, Christine L Mummery, Valeria V Orlova, Roxanne E Kieltyka
Synthetic hydrogel materials can recapitulate the natural cell microenvironment; however, it is equally necessary that the gels maintain cell viability and phenotype while permitting reisolation without stress, especially for use in the stem cell field. Here, we describe a family of synthetically accessible, squaramide-based tripodal supramolecular monomers consisting of a flexible tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) core that self-assemble into supramolecular polymers and eventually into self-recovering hydrogels...
March 12, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Noriomi Eguchi, Ichiro Sora, Keiko Muguruma
Human brain development has generally been studied through the analysis of postmortem tissues because of limited access to fetal brain tissues. This approach, however, only provides information from the perspective of long-term development. To investigate the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, it is necessary to understand the detailed mechanisms of human brain development. Recent advances in pluripotent stem cell (PSC) technologies enable us to establish in vitro brain models from human induced PSCs (hiPSCs), which can be used to examine the pathophysiological mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Wei Lei, Tingting Feng, Xing Fang, You Yu, Junjie Yang, Zhen-Ao Zhao, Junwei Liu, Zhenya Shen, Wenbo Deng, Shijun Hu
BACKGROUND: Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are regarded as a novel class of noncoding RNA regulators. Although a number of circRNAs have been identified by bioinformatics analysis of RNA-seq data, tissue and disease-specific circRNAs are still to be uncovered to promote their application in basic research and clinical practice. The purpose of this study was to explore the circRNA profiles in human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs), and to identify cardiac or disease-specific circRNAs...
March 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Ruhang Tang, Liufang Jing, Vincent P Willard, Chia-Lung Wu, Farshid Guilak, Jun Chen, Lori A Setton
BACKGROUND: Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is characterized by an early decrease in cellularity of the nucleus pulposus (NP) region, and associated extracellular matrix changes, reduced hydration, and progressive degeneration. Cell-based IVD therapy has emerged as an area of great interest, with studies reporting regenerative potential for many cell sources, including autologous or allogeneic chondrocytes, primary IVD cells, and stem cells. Few approaches, however, have clear strategies to promote the NP phenotype, in part due to a limited knowledge of the defined markers and differentiation protocols for this lineage...
March 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Naohiro Uezono, Yicheng Zhu, Yusuke Fujimoto, Tetsuro Yasui, Taito Matsuda, Masahide Nakajo, Masahiko Abematsu, Takao Setoguchi, Shuji Mori, Hideo K Takahashi, Setsuro Komiya, Masahiro Nishibori, Kinichi Nakashima
Together with residual host neurons, transplanted neural stem cell (NSC)-derived neurons play a critical role in reconstructing disrupted neural circuits after spinal cord injury (SCI). Since a large number of tracts are disrupted and the majority of host neurons die around the lesion site as the damage spreads, minimizing this spreading and preserving the lesion site are important for attaining further improvements in reconstruction. High mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) is a damage-associated molecular pattern protein that triggers sterile inflammation after tissue injury...
March 8, 2018: Stem Cells
Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Carmen R Valdivia, Ricardo Caballero, F J Díez-Guerra, Eric N Jiménez-Vázquez, Rafael J Ramirez, Andre Monteiro da Rocha, Todd J Herron, Katherine F Campbell, B C Willis, Francisco J Alvarado, Manuel Zarzoso, Kuljeet Kaur, Marta Pérez-Hernández, Marcos Matamoros, Héctor H Valdivia, Eva Delpón, José Jalife
<u>Rationale:</u> In cardiomyocytes, NaV 1.5 and Kir2.1 channels interact dynamically as part of membrane bound macromolecular complexes. <u>Objective:</u> To test whether NaV 1.5 and Kir2.1 preassemble during early forward trafficking and travel together to common membrane microdomains. <u>Methods and Results:</u> In patch-clamp experiments, co-expression of trafficking deficient mutants Kir2.1Δ314-315 or Kir2.1R44A/R46A with wildtype (WT) NaV 1.5WT in heterologous cells reduced INa , compared to NaV 1...
March 7, 2018: Circulation Research
Joseph C Giacalone, Tasneem P Sharma, Erin R Burnight, John F Fingert, Robert F Mullins, Edwin M Stone, Budd A Tucker
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are the ideal cell source for autologous cell replacement. However, for patients with Mendelian diseases, genetic correction of the original disease-causing mutation is likely required prior to cellular differentiation and transplantation. The emergence of the CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionized the field of genome editing. By introducing inexpensive reagents that are relatively straightforward to design and validate, it is now possible to correct genetic variants or insert desired sequences at any location within the genome...
February 28, 2018: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
Sayoko Saito, Keiko Hiemori, Kayo Kiyoi, Hiroaki Tateno
Glycans are one of the major building blocks of extracellular vesicles (EVs). However, their roles and applications have not been completely explored. Here, we analyzed the glycome of EVs derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) using high-density lectin microarray. The glycan profiles of hiPSC-derived EVs were different from those of non-hiPSC-derived EVs. Moreover, rBC2LCN that shows specific binding to hiPSCs, showed strong specificity for hiPSC-derived EVs but not non-hiPSCs-derived EVs...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sophie Gong, Yuan Li, Wenji Su, Yu Ding, Jiaqi Lu, Kelly Dong, Steve Hood, Wandong Zhang, Georg C Terstappen
Antibody-triggered endocytosis (ATE) is a biological mechanism on which many therapeutic strategies are grounded, such as delivery of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). Current methods monitoring ATE include confocal Z-stack analysis, acid wash, antibody quenching, and pH-sensitive dye labeling. However, those generate less quantifiable results with low throughput. Here we report a new method referred to as "paired imaging measurement" to analyze ATE using a quantitative algorithm in conjunction with high-content imaging...
March 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
Bärbel M Ulmer, Andrea Stoehr, Mirja L Schulze, Sajni Patel, Marjan Gucek, Ingra Mannhardt, Sandra Funcke, Elizabeth Murphy, Thomas Eschenhagen, Arne Hansen
Energy metabolism is a key aspect of cardiomyocyte biology. Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) are a promising tool for biomedical application, but they are immature and have not undergone metabolic maturation related to early postnatal development. To assess whether cultivation of hiPSC-CMs in 3D engineered heart tissue format leads to maturation of energy metabolism, we analyzed the mitochondrial and metabolic state of 3D hiPSC-CMs and compared it with 2D culture. 3D hiPSC-CMs showed increased mitochondrial mass, DNA content, and protein abundance (proteome)...
February 26, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Jessica E Young, Lauren K Fong, Harald Frankowski, Gregory A Petsko, Scott A Small, Lawrence S B Goldstein
Developing effective therapeutics for complex diseases such as late-onset, sporadic Alzheimer's disease (SAD) is difficult due to genetic and environmental heterogeneity in the human population and the limitations of existing animal models. Here, we used hiPSC-derived neurons to test a compound that stabilizes the retromer, a highly conserved multiprotein assembly that plays a pivotal role in trafficking molecules through the endosomal network. Using this human-specific system, we have confirmed previous data generated in murine models and show that retromer stabilization has a potentially beneficial effect on amyloid beta generation from human stem cell-derived neurons...
February 23, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Viktoriia Starokozhko, Mette Hemmingsen, Layla Larsen, Soumyaranjan Mohanty, Marjolijn Merema, C Rodrigo Pimentel, Anders Wolff, Jenny Emnéus, Anders Aspegren, Geny Groothuis, Martin Dufva
Hepatic differentiation of hiPSCs under flow conditions in a 3D scaffold is expected to be a major step forward for construction of bioartificial livers. The aims of this study were to induce hepatic differentiation of hiPSCs under perfusion conditions and to perform functional comparisons with fresh human precision cut liver slices (hPCLS), an excellent benchmark for the human liver in vivo. The majority of the mRNA expression of CYP isoenzymes and transporters and the tested CYP activities, phase II metabolism, and albumin, urea and bile acid synthesis in the hiPSC derived cells reached values that overlap those of hPCLS, which indicates a higher degree of hepatic differentiation than observed until now...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
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