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Jeffrey Zielich, Elena Tzima, Eva Ayla Schröder, Faten Jemel, Barbara Conradt, Eric J Lambie
P5B ATPases are present in the genomes of diverse unicellular and multicellular eukaryotes, indicating that they have an ancient origin, and that they are important for cellular fitness. Inactivation of ATP13A2, one of the four human P5B ATPases, leads to early-onset Parkinson's disease (Kufor-Rakeb Syndrome). The presence of an invariant PPALP motif within the putative substrate interaction pocket of transmembrane segment M4 suggests that all P5B ATPases might have similar transport specificity; however, the identity of the transport substrate(s) remains unknown...
2018: PloS One
Qingqing Wei, Ruiqi Li, Liang Zhong, Haiyuan Mu, Shaopeng Zhang, Liang Yue, Jinzhu Xiang, Enhong Li, Minglei Zhi, Suying Cao, Jianyong Han
After zygotic genome activation and lineage specification, zygotes develop into late blastocysts comprising three distinct cell types. The molecular mechanisms underlying this progress are largely unknown in pigs. Here, we intended to analyze an extensive set of regulators at the single-cell level to define the events involved in the development of the porcine blastocysts. Using a quantitative microfluidics approach in single cells, we detected mRNA levels of 96 genes known to function in early embryonic development and maintenance of stem cell pluripotency simultaneously in 480 individual cells derived from porcine preimplantation embryos...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Meixiang Zhang, Justine Ngo, Filomena Pirozzi, Ying-Pu Sun, Anthony Wynshaw-Boris
BACKGROUND: Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have been widely used to generate cellular models harboring specific disease-related genotypes. Of particular importance are ESC and iPSC applications capable of producing dorsal telencephalic neural progenitor cells (NPCs) that are representative of the cerebral cortex and overcome the challenges of maintaining a homogeneous population of cortical progenitors over several passages in vitro. While previous studies were able to derive NPCs from pluripotent cell types, the fraction of dorsal NPCs in this population is small and decreases over several passages...
March 15, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Jinjin Zhu, Alison Ordway, Lena Weber, Kasun Buddika, Justin P Kumar
How different cells and tissues commit and determine their fates has been a central question in developmental biology since the seminal embryological experiments conducted by Wilhelm Roux and Hans Driesch in sea urchins and frogs. Here, we demonstrate that Polycomb group (PcG) proteins maintain Drosophila eye specification by suppressing the activation of alternative fate choices. The loss of PcG in the developing eye results in a cellular reprogramming event in which the eye is redirected to a wing fate. This fate transformation occurs with either the individual loss of Pc or the simultaneous reduction of PhoRC and Pax6...
March 12, 2018: Development
Violeta Trejo-Reveles, Lynn McTeir, Kim Summers, Joe Rainger
Precise anterior segment (AS) development in the vertebrate eye is essential for maintaining ocular health throughout life. Disruptions to genetic programs can lead to severe structural AS disorders at birth, while more subtle AS defects may disrupt the drainage of ocular fluids and cause dysregulation of intraocular pressure homeostasis, leading to progressive vision loss. To date, the mouse has served as the major model to study AS development and pathogenesis. Here we present an accurate histological atlas of chick AS formation throughout eye development, with a focus on the formation of drainage structures...
March 8, 2018: Mechanisms of Development
Fei Yan, Zhiquan Tu, Li Duan, Dexing Wang, Feng Lin
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third-most prevalent cancer and the fourth‑most common cause of cancer-associated fatality worldwide. The expression and biological roles of microRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) in tumourigenesis, and their regulatory function in a number of biological processes correlated with cancer have been investigated. miR‑383 has been reported to be deregulated in several human cancer types. However, the involvement and effects of miR‑383 on CRC progression and its underlying mechanism remain unknown...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Takako Kikkawa, Cristine Casingal, Seung Hee Chun, Hiroshi Shinohara, Kotaro Hiraoka, Noriko Osumi
Pax6 transcription factor is a key player in several aspects of brain development and function. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder in which several loci and/or genes have been suggested as causative candidate factors. Based on data obtained from meta-analyses of the transcriptome and ChIP analyses, we hypothesized that the neurodevelopmental gene PAX6 regulates and/or binds to a large number of genes (including many ASD-related ones) that modulate the fate of neural stem/progenitor cells and functions of neuronal cells, subsequently affecting animal behavior...
February 27, 2018: Brain Research
Yona Goldshmit, Ghil Jona, Eran Schmukler, Shira Solomon, Ronit Pinkas-Kramarski, Angela Ruban
Neurotrauma causes immediate elevation of extracellular glutamate levels, which creates excitotoxicity and facilitates inflammation, glial scar formation and consequently neuronal death. Finding factors that reduce the inflammatory response, glial scar formation and increase neuronal survival and neurite outgrowth, are of major importance for improving the outcome after spinal cord injury (SCI). In the present study, we evaluated a new treatment aiming to remove CNS glutamate into the systemic blood circulation by intravenous administration of blood glutamate scavengers (BGS) such as recombinant enzyme glutamate-oxaloacetate transaminase (rGOT1) and its co-substrate...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Mick Perez-Cruet, Naimisha Beeravolu, Christina McKee, Jared Brougham, Irfan Khan, Shreeya Bakshi, G Rasul Chaudhry
BACKGROUND: Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common spinal disorder that manifests with neck and lower back pain caused by the degeneration of intervertebral discs (IVDs). Currently, there is no treatment to cure this debilitating ailment. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of nucleus pulposus (NP)-like cells (NPCs) derived from human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to restore degenerated IVDs using a rabbit DDD model. METHODS: NPCs differentiated from MSCs were characterized using quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and immunocytochemical analysis...
February 26, 2018: Neurosurgery
Marine Lacomme, François Medevielle, Henri-Marc Bourbon, Elodie Thierion, Dirk-Jan Kleinjan, Mélanie Roussat, Fabienne Pituello, Sophie Bel-Vialar
Proper embryonic development relies on a tight control of spatial and temporal gene expression profiles in a highly regulated manner. One good example is the ON/OFF switching of the transcription factor PAX6 that governs important steps of neurogenesis. In the neural tube PAX6 expression is initiated in neural progenitors through the positive action of retinoic acid signaling and downregulated in neuronal precursors by the bHLH transcription factor NEUROG2. How these two regulatory inputs are integrated at the molecular level to properly fine tune temporal PAX6 expression is not known...
February 24, 2018: Developmental Biology
Veena Kinare, Ashwin S Shetty, Agasthya Suresh, Shubha Tole
In the developing central nervous system, transcription factors play a crucial role in the regulation of cell fate. Previously we demonstrated that LHX2 is a critical regulator of the neuron-glia cell fate switch in the developing mouse hippocampus. Here, we test LHX2 target gene Pax6 for a role in this process. We report that Pax6 overexpression is able to suppress the enhanced astrogliogenesis arising due to loss of functional LHX2. Furthermore, we show that like Lhx2, Pax6 is also able to suppress induced astrogliogenesis caused by overexpression of progliogenic factor Nfia...
March 2018: Journal of Biosciences
Anssi Lipponen, Assam El-Osta, Antony Kaspi, Mark Ziemann, Ishant Khurana, Harikrishnan Kn, Vicente Navarro-Ferrandis, Noora Puhakka, Jussi Paananen, Asla Pitkänen
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) induces a wide variety of cellular and molecular changes that can continue for days to weeks to months, leading to functional impairments. Currently, there are no pharmacotherapies in clinical use that favorably modify the post-TBI outcome, due in part to limited understanding of the mechanisms of TBI-induced pathologies. Our system biology analysis tested the hypothesis that chronic transcriptomics changes induced by TBI are controlled by altered DNA-methylation in gene promoter areas or by transcription factors...
February 27, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Qian Gao, Wenhao Zhang, Lifang Ma, Xu Li, Haisong Wang, Yanni Li, Remo Freimann, Yang Yu, Ling Shuai, Anton Wutz
Haploid cells facilitate genetic screening of recessive mutations for a single set of chromosomes. Haploid embryonic stem cells (haESCs) have been achieved in several species and widely utilized in genetic screens. The fact that haESCs undergo substantial diploidization during differentiation has limited the screening to other haploid cell types. Here, we report a method to establish haploid neural stem cells (haNSCs) by selection for a Pax6 reporter. We inserted a green fluorescence protein (GFP) marker gene by homologous recombination into the Pax6 locus of a haESC line...
February 22, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
Nair Gopinathan Vidya, Sankaranarayanan Rajkumar, Abhay R Vasavada
BACKGROUND: Mutation in eye developmental genes has been reported to cause anophthalmia and microphthalmia. However, in India, especially in the Western Indian population, such reports are scarce. Hence, the present study aims to investigate mutations in 15 ocular developmental genes in patients with anophthalmia and microphthalmia in the western region of India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA was isolated from the blood of 52 individuals affected with microphthalmia and anophthalmia, and 50 healthy normal controls...
February 20, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
Anna Wawrocka, Maciej R Krawczynski
Aniridia is a rare, panocular disorder characterized by a variable degree of hypoplasia or the absence of iris tissue associated with additional ocular abnormalities. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, with high penetrance and variable expression even within the same family. In most cases the disease is caused by haploinsufficiency truncating mutations in the PAX6 gene; however, in up to 30% of aniridia patients, disease results from chromosomal rearrangements at the 11p13 region. The aim of this review is to present the clinical and genetic aspects of the disease...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Genetics
Jia-Lin Mo, Qi Liu, Zeng-Wei Kou, Kun-Wei Wu, Ping Yang, Xian-Hua Chen, Feng-Yan Sun
Reactive astrocytes induced by ischemia can transdifferentiate into mature neurons. This neurogenic potential of astrocytes may have therapeutic value for brain injury. Epigenetic modifications are widely known to involve in developmental and adult neurogenesis. PAX6, a neurogenic fate determinant, contributes to the astrocyte-to-neuron conversion. However, it is unclear whether microRNAs (miRs) modulate PAX6-mediated astrocyte-to-neuron conversion. In the present study we used bioinformatic approaches to predict miRs potentially targeting Pax6, and transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) to model cerebral ischemic injury in adult rats...
February 16, 2018: Glia
N Patel, A O Khan, S Alsahli, G Abdel-Salam, S R Nowilaty, A M Mansour, A Nabil, M Al-Owain, S Sogati, M A Salih, A M Kamal, H Alsharif, H Alsaif, S S Alzahrani, F Abdulwahab, N Ibrahim, M Hashem, T Faquih, Z A Shah, M Abouelhoda, D Monies, M Dasouki, R Shaheen, S Majid, M A Aldahmesh, F S Alkuraya
Microphthalmia is a developmental eye defect that is highly variable in severity and in its potential for systemic association. Despite the discovery of many disease genes in microphthalmia, at least 50% of patients remain undiagnosed genetically. Here, we describe a cohort of 147 patients (93 families) from our highly consanguineous population with various forms of microphthalmia (including the distinct entity of posterior microphthalmos) that were investigated using a next-generation sequencing multi-gene panel (i-panel) as well as whole exome sequencing (WES) and molecular karyotyping...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Genetics
Yaqing Wang, Li Wang, Yujuan Zhu, Jianhua Qin
Nicotine has been recognized to trigger various neuronal disabilities in the fetal brain and long-lasting behavioral deficits in offspring. However, further understanding of fetal brain development under nicotine exposure is challenging due to the limitations of existing animal models. Here, we create a new brain organoid-on-a-chip system derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) that allows us to model neurodevelopmental disorders under prenatal nicotine exposure (PNE) at early stages. The brain organoid-on-a-chip system facilitates 3D culture, in situ neural differentiation, and self-organization of brain organoids under continuous perfused cultures in a controlled manner...
February 13, 2018: Lab on a Chip
Min Zhang, Qiongxia Li, Yingzhe Pan, Hui Wang, Gang Liu, Hui Yin
Numerous studies have indicated that microRNAs (miRNAs) regulate signalling molecules by acting as oncogenes or tumour-suppressor genes in retinoblastoma (RB). Therefore, investigation of the expression pattern, biological roles and associated mechanisms of cancer-related miRNAs in RB may provide novel therapeutic targets for patients with this disease. miRNA-655 (miR-655) has been reported to be aberrantly expressed in many types of cancers. However, the expression pattern, detailed biological function and underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-655 in RB remain to be clarified...
February 13, 2018: Oncology Reports
Jing Sun, Wei-Hua Liu, Feng-Mei Deng, Yong-Hui Luo, Ke Wen, Hong Zhang, Hai-Rong Liu, Jiang Wu, Bing-Yin Su, Yi-Lun Liu
Corneal integrity, transparency and vision acuity are maintained by corneal epithelial cells (CECs), which are continuously renewed by corneal limbal stem cells (LSCs). Deficiency of CECs and/or LSCs is associated with numerous ocular diseases. Paired box (PAX)6 is an eye development-associated transcription factor that is necessary for cell fate determination and differentiation of LSCs and CECs. In the present study, the PAX6 gene was introduced into adipose-derived rat mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) to investigate whether PAX6-transfected cells were able to transdifferentiate into corneal-like epithelial cells and to further verify whether the cells were suitable as a cell source for corneal transplantation...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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