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Cellular Reprogramming

Ines Teichert, Miriam Lutomski, Ramona Märker, Minou Nowrousian, Ulrich Kück
During the sexual life cycle of filamentous fungi, multicellular fruiting bodies are generated for the dispersal of spores. The filamentous ascomycete Sordaria macrospora has a long history as a model system for studying fruiting body formation, and two collections of sterile mutants have been generated. However, for most of these mutants, the underlying genetic defect remains unknown. Here, we investigated the mutant spadix (spd) that was generated by X-ray mutagenesis in the 1950s and terminates sexual development after the formation of pre-fruiting bodies (protoperithecia)...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Fangzhou Shen, Jian Li, Ying Zhu, Zhuo Wang
Cancer cells have different metabolism in contrast to normal cells. The advancement in omics measurement technology enables the genome-wide characterization of altered cellular processes in cancers, but the metabolic flux landscape of cancer is still far from understood. In this study, we compared the well-reconstructed tissue-specific models of five cancers, including breast, liver, lung, renal, and urothelial cancer, and their corresponding normal cells. There are similar patterns in majority of significantly regulated pathways and enriched pathways in correlated reaction sets...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Himalee S Sabnis, Heath L Bradley, Shweta Tripathi, Wen-Mei Yu, William Tse, Cheng-Kui Qu, Kevin D Bunting
Current therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) primarily includes high-dose cytotoxic chemotherapy with or without allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Targeting unique cellular metabolism of cancer cells is a potentially less toxic approach. Monotherapy with mitochondrial inhibitors like metformin have met with limited success since escape mechanisms such as increased glycolytic ATP production, especially in hyperglycemia, can overcome the metabolic blockade. As an alternative strategy for metformin therapy, we hypothesized that the combination of 6-benzylthioinosine (6-BT), a broad-spectrum metabolic inhibitor, and metformin could block this drug resistance mechanism...
October 5, 2016: Leukemia Research
Mark R Cronan, Rebecca W Beerman, Allison F Rosenberg, Joseph W Saelens, Matthew G Johnson, Stefan H Oehlers, Dana M Sisk, Kristen L Jurcic Smith, Neil A Medvitz, Sara E Miller, Le A Trinh, Scott E Fraser, John F Madden, Joanne Turner, Jason E Stout, Sunhee Lee, David M Tobin
Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in humans triggers formation of granulomas, which are tightly organized immune cell aggregates that are the central structure of tuberculosis. Infected and uninfected macrophages interdigitate, assuming an altered, flattened appearance. Although pathologists have described these changes for over a century, the molecular and cellular programs underlying this transition are unclear. Here, using the zebrafish-Mycobacterium marinum model, we found that mycobacterial granuloma formation is accompanied by macrophage induction of canonical epithelial molecules and structures...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Sounik Saha, Xunhao Xiong, Prabir K Chakraborty, Khader Shameer, Rochelle R Arvizo, Rachel A Kudgus, Shailendra Kumar Dhar Dwivedi, Md Nazir Hossen, Elizabeth M Gillies, J David Robertson, Joel T Dudley, Raul A Urrutia, Russell G Postier, Resham Bhattacharya, Priyabrata Mukherjee
Altered tumor microenvironment (TME) arising from a bidirectional crosstalk between the pancreatic cancer cells (PCCs) and the pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) is implicated in the dismal prognosis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), yet effective strategies to disrupt the crosstalk is lacking. Here, we demonstrate that gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) inhibit proliferation and migration of both PCCs and PSCs by disrupting the bidirectional communication via alteration of the cell secretome. Analyzing the key proteins identified from a functional network of AuNP-altered secretome in PCCs and PSCs, we demonstrate that AuNPs impair secretions of major hub node proteins in both cell types and transform activated PSCs toward a lipid-rich quiescent phenotype...
October 19, 2016: ACS Nano
Alexandros Strikoudis, Charalampos Lazaris, Thomas Trimarchi, Antonio L Galvao Neto, Yan Yang, Panagiotis Ntziachristos, Scott Rothbart, Shannon Buckley, Igor Dolgalev, Matthias Stadtfeld, Brian D Strahl, Brian D Dynlacht, Aristotelis Tsirigos, Iannis Aifantis
Pluripotent embryonic stem cells (ESCs) self-renew or differentiate into all tissues of the developing embryo and cell-specification factors are necessary to balance gene expression. Here we delineate the function of the PHD-finger protein 5a (Phf5a) in ESC self-renewal and ascribe its role in regulating pluripotency, cellular reprogramming and myoblast specification. We demonstrate that Phf5a is essential for maintaining pluripotency, since depleted ESCs exhibit hallmarks of differentiation. Mechanistically, we attribute Phf5a function to the stabilization of the Paf1 transcriptional complex and control of RNA polymerase II elongation on pluripotency loci...
October 17, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
Chloé Najac, Sabrina M Ronen
Metabolic reprogramming is an important hallmark of cancer. Alterations in many metabolic pathways support the requirement for cellular building blocks that are essential for cancer cell proliferation. This metabolic reprogramming can be imaged using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). H MRS can inform on alterations in the steady-state levels of cellular metabolites, but the emergence of hyperpolarized C MRS has now also enabled imaging of metabolic fluxes in real-time, providing a new method for tumor detection and monitoring of therapeutic response...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Kai Zhu, Dingqian Liu, Hao Lai, Jun Li, Chunsheng Wang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) families have been found to be powerful regulators in a wide variety of diseases, which enables the possible use of miRNAs in therapeutic strategies for cardiac repair after ischemic heart disease. This review provides some general insights into miRNAs modulation for development of current molecular and cellular therapeutics in cardiac repair, including endogenous regeneration, endogenous repair, stem cells transplantation, and reprogramming. We also review the delivery strategies for miRNAs modulation, and briefly summarize the current bench and clinical efforts that are being made to explore miRNAs as the future therapeutic target...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Brett A Morris, Brian Burkel, Suzanne M Ponik, Jing Fan, John S Condeelis, Julio A Aguire-Ghiso, James Castracane, John M Denu, Patricia J Keely
Increased breast density attributed to collagen I deposition is associated with a 4-6 fold increased risk of developing breast cancer. Here, we assessed cellular metabolic reprogramming of mammary carcinoma cells in response to increased collagen matrix density using an in vitro 3D model. Our initial observations demonstrated changes in functional metabolism in both normal mammary epithelial cells and mammary carcinoma cells in response to changes in matrix density. Further, mammary carcinoma cells grown in high density collagen matrices displayed decreased oxygen consumption and glucose metabolism via the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle compared to cells cultured in low density matrices...
October 8, 2016: EBioMedicine
Jin-Ran Chen, Oxana P Lazarenko, Michael L Blackburn, Kartik Shankar
Nutritional status during intrauterine and early postnatal life impacts the risk of chronic diseases; however, evidence for an association between early life dietary factors and bone health in adults is limited. Soy protein isolate (SPI) may be one such dietary factor that promotes bone accretion during early life with persistent effects into adulthood. In the present study, we fed postnatal day (PND) 24 weanling female rats an SPI diet for 30 d [short-term SPI (ST-SPI)], and on PND 55, we switched SPI diet to control casein diet until age 6 mo...
October 12, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Jia Zhenwei
Mitochondria are important intracellular organelles which provide energy for cellular activities through oxidative phosphorylation. Recently, mitochondria have been shown to exhibit peculiar features in pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), namely, PSCs rely mainly on glycolysis for energy supply in pluripotent states while mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation function is gradually enhanced during PSCs differentiation. In contrast, during somatic reprogramming, the metabolic transition from mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation to glycolysis is necessary for successful reprogramming...
July 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
Margarida Rocheta, João L Coito, Miguel J N Ramos, Luísa Carvalho, Jörg D Becker, Pablo Carbonell-Bejerano, Sara Amâncio
BACKGROUND: Predicted climate changes announce an increase of extreme environmental conditions including drought and excessive heat and light in classical viticultural regions. Thus, understanding how grapevine responds to these conditions and how different genotypes can adapt, is crucial for informed decisions on accurate viticultural actions. Global transcriptome analyses are useful for this purpose as the response to these abiotic stresses involves the interplay of complex and diverse cascades of physiological, cellular and molecular events...
October 12, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Lei-Lei Wang, Zhida Su, Wenjiao Tai, Yuhua Zou, Xiao-Ming Xu, Chun-Li Zhang
Although the adult mammalian spinal cord lacks intrinsic neurogenic capacity, glial cells can be reprogrammed in vivo to generate neurons after spinal cord injury (SCI). How this reprogramming process is molecularly regulated, however, is not clear. Through a series of in vivo screens, we show here that the p53-dependent pathway constitutes a critical checkpoint for SOX2-mediated reprogramming of resident glial cells in the adult mouse spinal cord. While it has no effect on the reprogramming efficiency, the p53 pathway promotes cell-cycle exit of SOX2-induced adult neuroblasts (iANBs)...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Emily Swanzey, Matthias Stadtfeld
Genomic imprinting results in the monoallelic expression of genes that encode important regulators of growth and proliferation. Dysregulation of imprinted genes, such as those within the Dlk1-Dio3 locus, is associated with developmental syndromes and specific diseases. Our ability to interrogate causes of imprinting instability has been hindered by the absence of suitable model systems. Here, we describe a Dlk1 knockin reporter mouse that enables single-cell visualization of allele-specific expression and prospective isolation of cells, simultaneously...
October 11, 2016: Development
Vito Iacobazzi, Vittoria Infantino, Alessandra Castegna, Alessio Menga, Erika Mariana Palmieri, Paolo Convertini, Ferdinando Palmieri
Significant metabolic changes occur in the shift from resting to activated cellular status in inflammation. Thus, changes in expression of a large number of genes and extensive metabolic reprogramming gives rise to acquisition of new functions (e.g. production of cytokines, intermediates for biosynthesis, lipid mediators, PGE, ROS and NO). In this context, mitochondrial carriers, which catalyze the transport of solute across mitochondrial membrane, change their expression to transport mitochondrially produced molecules, among which citrate and succinate, to be used as intracellular signalling molecules in inflammation...
October 11, 2016: Biological Chemistry
Yijun Liu, Nathalie Muñoz, Ang-Chen Tsai, Timothy M Logan, Teng Ma
Spontaneous aggregation and the associated enhancement of stemness have been observed in many anchorage dependent cells. Recently, aggregation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in non-adherent culture has been shown to reverse expansion-induced heterogeneity and loss of stemness and reprogram the hMSC to reacquire their primitive phenotype, a phenomenon that can significantly enhance therapeutic applications of hMSC. The objective of this study was to investigate the mechanistic basis underlying the connection between multi-cellular aggregation and stemness enhancement in hMSC by testing the hypothesis that cellular events induced during 3D aggregation on non-adherent substratum induces changes in mitochondrial metabolism that promote the expression of stem cell genes Oct4, Sox2, and Nanog...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cells
Jairo A Diaz, Mauricio F Murillo, Jhonan A Mendoza, Ana M Barreto, Lina S Poveda, Lina K Sanchez, Laura C Poveda, Katherine T Mora
Emergent biological responses develop via unknown processes dependent on physical collision. In hypoxia, when the tissue architecture collapses but the geometric core is stable, actin cytoskeleton filament components emerge, revealing a hidden internal order that identifies how each molecule is reassembled into the original mold, using one common connection, i.e., a fractal self-similarity that guides the system from the beginning in reverse metamorphosis, with spontaneous self-assembly of past forms that mimics an embryoid phenotype...
2016: American Journal of Stem Cells
Radoslaw Lukoszek, Peter Feist, Zoya Ignatova
BACKGROUND: Environmental stress puts organisms at risk and requires specific stress-tailored responses to maximize survival. Long-term exposure to stress necessitates a global reprogramming of the cellular activities at different levels of gene expression. RESULTS: Here, we use ribosome profiling and RNA sequencing to globally profile the adaptive response of Arabidopsis thaliana to prolonged heat stress. To adapt to long heat exposure, the expression of many genes is modulated in a coordinated manner at a transcriptional and translational level...
October 10, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
N A Wijetunga, M Pascual, J Tozour, F Delahaye, M Alani, M Adeyeye, A W Wolkoff, A Verma, J M Greally
The predisposition of patients with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) involves components of viral infection, inflammation and time. The development of multifocal, genetically distinct tumours is suggestive of a field defect affecting the entire liver. The molecular susceptibility mediating such a field defect is not understood. One potential mediator of long-term cellular reprogramming is heritable (epigenetic) regulation of transcription, exemplified by DNA methylation. We studied epigenetic and transcriptional changes in HCV-infected livers in comparison with control, uninfected livers and HCC, allowing us to identify pre-neoplastic epigenetic and transcriptional events...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
Calley L Hirsch, Jeffrey L Wrana, Sharon Y R Dent
Development is generally regarded as a unidirectional process that results in the acquisition of specialized cell fates. During this process, cellular identity is precisely defined by signaling cues that tailor the chromatin landscape for cell-specific gene expression programs. Once established, these pathways and cell states are typically resistant to disruption. However, loss of cell identity occurs during tumor initiation and upon injury response. Moreover, terminally differentiated cells can be experimentally provoked to become pluripotent...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
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