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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813430/reprogramming-human-gallbladder-cells-into-insulin-producing-%C3%AE-like-cells
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Feorillo Galivo, Eric Benedetti, Yuhan Wang, Carl Pelz, Jonathan Schug, Klaus H Kaestner, Markus Grompe
The gallbladder and cystic duct (GBCs) are parts of the extrahepatic biliary tree and share a common developmental origin with the ventral pancreas. Here, we report on the very first genetic reprogramming of patient-derived human GBCs to β-like cells for potential autologous cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes. We developed a robust method for large-scale expansion of human GBCs ex vivo. GBCs were reprogrammed into insulin-producing pancreatic β-like cells by a combined adenoviral-mediated expression of hallmark pancreatic endocrine transcription factors PDX1, MAFA, NEUROG3, and PAX6 and differentiation culture in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810579/microrna-375-targets-pax6-and-inhibits-the-viability-migration-and-invasion-of-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells
#2
Qiongyan Zou, Wenjun Yi, Jianghai Huang, Fenfen Fu, Gannong Chen, Dewu Zhong
MicroRNAs (miRs) are a type of small non-coding RNA that serve crucial roles in the development and progression of breast cancer. However, the exact role and underlying molecular mechanism of miR-375 in mediating the growth and metastasis of breast cancer remains unknown. In the present study, reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis were conducted to examine RNA and protein expression. A luciferase reporter assay was performed to determine the association between miR-375 and paired box 6 (PAX6)...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798684/differential-roles-of-environmental-enrichment-in-alzheimer-s-type-of-neurodegeneration-and-physiological-aging
#3
Vladimir V Salmin, Yulia K Komleva, Natalia V Kuvacheva, Andrey V Morgun, Elena D Khilazheva, Olga L Lopatina, Elena A Pozhilenkova, Konstantin A Shapovalov, Yulia A Uspenskaya, Alla B Salmina
Impairment of hippocampal adult neurogenesis in aging or degenerating brain is a well-known phenomenon caused by the shortage of brain stem cell pool, alterations in the local microenvironment within the neurogenic niches, or deregulation of stem cell development. Environmental enrichment (EE) has been proposed as a potent tool to restore brain functions, to prevent aging-associated neurodegeneration, and to cure neuronal deficits seen in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Here, we report our data on the effects of environmental enrichment on hippocampal neurogenesis in vivo and neurosphere-forming capacity of hippocampal stem/progenitor cells in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798362/a-large-family-with-inherited-optic-disc-anomalies-a-correlation-between-a-new-genetic-locus-and-complex-ocular-phenotypes
#4
Decai Wang, Xinyuan Pan, Jiangdong Ji, Shun Gu, Xiantao Sun, Chao Jiang, Weiyi Xia, Zhihua Qiu, Xiaoli Kang, Sijia Ding, Qinghuai Liu, Xue Chen, Fang Lu, Chen Zhao
Congenital cavitary optic disc anomalies (CODA) is clinically typified by an enlarged excavation of optic disc in diverse degrees. Here, we report the clinical and genetic findings in a four-generation Chinese family with a complicated form of autosomal dominant CODA. Cardinal manifestations included bilateral excavated optic disc with multiple cilioretinal vessels emerging and bilateral retinoschisis with great variability in the range of extension and severity. Other intra-familial phenotypic diversities were also noted, including severity in retinal atrophy, onset age of visual impairment and presence of congenital nystagmus and strabismus...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781074/activin-signals-through-smad2-3-to-increase-photoreceptor-precursor-yield-during-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation
#5
Amy Q Lu, Evgenya Y Popova, Colin J Barnstable
In vitro differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) into retinal fates can be used to study the roles of exogenous factors acting through multiple signaling pathways during retina development. Application of activin A during a specific time frame that corresponds to early embryonic retinogenesis caused increased generation of CRX(+) photoreceptor precursors and decreased PAX6(+) retinal progenitor cells (RPCs). Following activin A treatment, SMAD2/3 was activated in RPCs and bound to promoter regions of key RPC and photoreceptor genes...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765531/neuronal-patterning-of-the-tubular-collar-cord-is-highly-conserved-among-enteropneusts-but-dissimilar-to-the-chordate-neural-tube
#6
Sabrina Kaul-Strehlow, Makoto Urata, Daniela Praher, Andreas Wanninger
A tubular nervous system is present in the deuterostome groups Chordata (cephalochordates, tunicates, vertebrates) and in the non-chordate Enteropneusta. However, the worm-shaped enteropneusts possess a less complex nervous system featuring only a short hollow neural tube, whereby homology to its chordate counterpart remains elusive. Since the majority of data on enteropneusts stem from the harrimaniid Saccoglossus kowalevskii, putative interspecific variations remain undetected resulting in an unreliable ground pattern that impedes homology assessments...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762648/directed-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-neural-crest-stem-cells-functional-peripheral-neurons-and-corneal-keratocytes
#7
Qian Zhu, Mingming Li, Chuan Yan, Qiqi Lu, Shunhui Wei, Rong Gao, Mengfei Yu, Yu Zou, Gopu Sriram, Huei Jinn Tong, Walter Hunziker, Chaminda Jayampath Seneviratne, Zhiyuan Gong, Bjorn R Olsen, Tong Cao
Neural crest stem cells (NCSCs) are a transient and multipotent cell population giving rise to various cell types with clinical importance. Isolation of human NCSCs is extremely challenging that limits our knowledge about neural crest development and application. Here, we present a defined protocol to efficiently direct human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to NCSCs and multiple neural crest lineages. A unique combination of small molecule inhibitors and growth factors was employed to generate NCSCs from hESCs through a neuroectoderm stage...
August 1, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760551/experimental-assessment-of-novel-pax6-splicing-mutations-in-two-chinese-families-with-aniridia
#8
Qi Miao, Xiyuan Ping, Xiajing Tang, Li Zhang, Xin Zhang, Yalan Cheng, Xingchao Shentu
Aniridia is a rare, congenital ocular disorder caused by the mutations of the paired box gene-6 (PAX6) (OMIM 607108), which encodes a highly conserved transcriptional regulator. In order to investigate the clinical characterizations and genetic defects of two Chinese families affected with aniridia, we recruited the family members and 200 ethnically matched controls. The entire exons and flanking intronic sequences of the PAX6 gene (NG_008679.1) were analyzed and effects of variants on splicing were assessed in silico and in vitro using exon trapping assay with pET01...
July 28, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754612/differentiation-potential-of-human-cd133-positive-hematopoietic-stem-cells-into-motor-neuron-like-cells-in-vitro
#9
Sepideh Alavi Moghaddam, Behnam Yousefi, Davood Sanooghi, Faezeh Faghihi, Nasim Hayati Roodbari, Nikoo Bana, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, Paria Pooyan, Babak Arjmand
Spinal cord injuries and motor neuron-related disorders impact on life of many patients around the world. Since pharmacotherapy and surgical approaches were not efficient to regenerate these types of defects; stem cell therapy as a good strategy to restore the lost cells has become the focus of interest among the scientists. Umbilical cord blood CD133(+) hematopoietic stem cells (UCB- CD133(+) HSCs) with self- renewal property and neural lineage differentiation capacity are ethically approved cell candidate for use in regenerative medicine...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743044/electrophysiological-and-gene-expression-characterization-of-the-ontogeny-of-nestin-expressing-cells-in-the-adult-mouse-midbrain
#10
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/28713933/mir%C3%A2-146b%C3%A2-5p-promotes-the-neural-conversion-of-pluripotent-stem-cells-by-targeting-smad4
#11
Nianping Zhang, Ying Lyu, Xuebing Pan, Liping Xu, Aiguo Xuan, Xiaosong He, Wandan Huang, Dahong Long
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are regarded as potential sources that provide specific neural cells for cell therapy in some nervous system diseases. However, the mechanisms underlying the neural differentiation of PSCs remain largely unknown. MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) are a class of small non‑pro-tein-coding RNAs that act as critical regulatory molecules in many cellular processes. In this study, we found that miR‑146b‑5p expression was markedly increased following the neural induction of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) or induced PSCs (iPSCs)...
September 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711654/involvement-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-neurite-outgrowth-in-the-model-mice-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Koichi Kawada, Seisuke Mimori, Yasunobu Okuma, Yasuyuki Nomura
Neurodevelopmental disorders are congenital impairments, impeding the growth and development of the central nervous system. These disorders include autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5. ASD is caused by a gene defect and chromosomal duplication. Despite numerous reports on ASD, the pathogenic mechanisms are not clear. The optimal methods to prevent ASD and to treat it are also not clear. Other studies have reported that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress contributes to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases...
July 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700649/autophagy-mediates-cell-cycle-response-by-regulating-nucleocytoplasmic-transport-of-pax6-in-limbal-stem-cells-under-ultraviolet-a-stress
#13
Maria Laggner, Andreas Pollreisz, Gerald Schmidinger, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, Ying-Ting Chen
Limbal stem cells (LSC) account for homeostasis and regeneration of corneal epithelium. Solar ultraviolet A (UVA) is the major source causing oxidative damage in the ocular surface. Autophagy, a lysosomal degradation mechanism, is essential for physiologic function and stress defense of stem cells. PAX6, a master transcription factor governing corneal homeostasis by regulating cell cycle and cell fate of LSC, responds to oxidative stress by nucleocytoplasmic shuttling. Impaired autophagy and deregulated PAX6 have been reported in oxidative stress-related ocular surface disorders...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698011/clinical-and-morphological-manifestations-of-aniridia-associated-keratopathy-on-anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-and-in-vivo-confocal-microscopy
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Anna Voskresenskaya, Nadezhda Pozdeyeva, Tatyana Vasilyeva, Yevgeniy Batkov, Aleksandr Shipunov, Boris Gagloev, Rena Zinchenko
PURPOSE: The study aimed to evaluate clinical and morphological changes in the limbal palisades of Vogt (POV) at different stages of aniridia-associated keratopathy (AAK) and to assess possible utility of anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) for the visualization of limbal progenitor structures as it correlates to laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) data. METHODS: The study involved 32 patients (59 eyes) with congenital aniridia. AAK stage was defined based on biomicroscopy...
July 8, 2017: Ocular Surface
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/28690640/wdr62-regulates-early-neural-and-glial-progenitor-specification-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#16
Abdullah J Alshawaf, Ana Antonic, Efstratios Skafidas, Dominic Chi-Hung Ng, Mirella Dottori
Mutations in WD40-repeat protein 62 (WDR62) are commonly associated with primary microcephaly and other developmental cortical malformations. We used human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) to examine WDR62 function during human neural differentiation and model early stages of human corticogenesis. Neurospheres lacking WDR62 expression showed decreased expression of intermediate progenitor marker, TBR2, and also glial marker, S100β. In contrast, inhibition of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signalling during hPSC neural differentiation induced upregulation of WDR62 with a corresponding increase in neural and glial progenitor markers, PAX6 and EAAT1, respectively...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688561/uncovering-the-pathogenesis-of-microtia-using-bioinformatics-approach
#17
Liu Lei, Liu Zhenzhong, Lin Lin, Pan Bo
OBJECTIVE: Bioinformatics is widely used in the field of cancer research, but in the research of pathogenesis of congenital malformations the situation is different. The aim of this study was to explore the underlying mechanism using bioinformatics approach. METHODS: The data were available from Mouse Genome Informatics and Pubmed. Protein-protein interaction (PPI) network of pathogenic genes was conducted using STRING. Gene ontology and pathway enrichment analyses were also performed to pathogenic genes...
August 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675567/a-modulatory-role-of-the-rax-homeobox-gene-in-mature-pineal-gland-function-investigating-the-photoneuroendocrine-circadian-system-of-a-rax-conditional-knockout-mouse
#18
Kristian Rohde, Tenna Bering, Takahisa Furukawa, Martin Fredensborg Rath
The retinal and anterior neural fold homeobox gene (Rax) controls development of the eye and the forebrain. Postnatal expression of Rax in the brain is restricted to the pineal gland, a forebrain structure devoted to melatonin synthesis. The role of Rax in pineal function is unknown. In order to investigate the role of Rax in pineal function while circumventing forebrain abnormalities of the global Rax knockout, we generated an eye and pineal-specific Rax conditional knockout mouse. Deletion of Rax in the pineal gland did not affect morphology of the gland, suggesting that Rax is not essential for pineal gland development...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670366/inhibitory-effect-of-dihydroartemisinin-on-chondrogenic-and-hypertrophic-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#19
Zhen Cao, Chuan Liu, Yun Bai, Ce Dou, Jian-Mei Li, Duo-Wei Shi, Shi-Wu Dong, Qiang Xiang
Chondrocytes located in hyaline cartilage may maintain phenotype while the chondrocytes situated in calcified cartilage differentiate into hypertrophy. Chondrogenic and hypertrophic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are two subsequent processes during endochondral ossification. However, it is necessary for chondrocytes to hold homeostasis and to inhibit hypertrophic differentiation in stem cell-based regenerated cartilage. Dihydroartemisinin (DHA) is derived from artemisia apiacea which has many biological functions such as anti-malarial and anti-tumor...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667292/identification-of-a-functionally-significant-tri-allelic-genotype-in-the-tyrosinase-gene-tyr-causing-hypomorphic-oculocutaneous-albinism-oca1b
#20
Chelsea S Norman, Luke O'Gorman, Jane Gibson, Reuben J Pengelly, Diana Baralle, J Arjuna Ratnayaka, Helen Griffiths, Matthew Rose-Zerilli, Megan Ranger, David Bunyan, Helena Lee, Rhiannon Page, Tutte Newall, Fatima Shawkat, Christopher Mattocks, Daniel Ward, Sarah Ennis, Jay E Self
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) and ocular albinism (OA) are inherited disorders of melanin biosynthesis, resulting in loss of pigment and severe visual deficits. OCA encompasses a range of subtypes with overlapping, often hypomorphic phenotypes. OCA1 is the most common cause of albinism in European populations and is inherited through autosomal recessive mutations in the Tyrosinase (TYR) gene. However, there is a high level of reported missing heritability, where only a single heterozygous mutation is found in TYR...
June 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
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