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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930148/elongation-of-axon-extension-for-human-ipsc-derived-retinal-ganglion-cells-by-a-nano-imprinted-scaffold
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Tien-Chun Yang, Jen-Hua Chuang, Waradee Buddhakosai, Wen-Ju Wu, Chen-Ju Lee, Wun-Syuan Chen, Yi-Ping Yang, Ming-Chia Li, Chi-Hsien Peng, Shih-Jen Chen
Optic neuropathies, such as glaucoma and Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) lead to retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss and therefore motivate the application of transplantation technique into disease therapy. However, it is a challenge to direct the transplanted optic nerve axons to the correct location of the retina. The use of appropriate scaffold can promote the proper axon growth. Recently, biocompatible materials have been integrated into the medical field, such as tissue engineering and reconstruction of damaged tissues or organs...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928775/assessment-of-safety-and-functional-efficacy-of-stem-cell-based-therapeutic-approaches-using-retinal-degenerative-animal-models
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Tai-Chi Lin, Magdalene J Seiler, Danhong Zhu, Paulo Falabella, David R Hinton, Dennis O Clegg, Mark S Humayun, Biju B Thomas
Dysfunction and death of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and or photoreceptors can lead to irreversible vision loss. The eye represents an ideal microenvironment for stem cell-based therapy. It is considered an "immune privileged" site, and the number of cells needed for therapy is relatively low for the area of focused vision (macula). Further, surgical placement of stem cell-derived grafts (RPE, retinal progenitors, and photoreceptor precursors) into the vitreous cavity or subretinal space has been well established...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903152/nuclear-respiratory-factor-1-nrf-1-regulates-transcription-of-the-cxc-receptor-4-cxcr4-in-the-rat-retina
#3
Pei Chen, Xiaoxiao Cai, Ying Yang, Zhao Chen, Jin Qiu, Na Yu, Mingjun Tang, Qiyun Wang, Jian Ge, Keming Yu, Jing Zhuang
Purpose: The CXC receptor 4 (CXCR4) is required for various physiologic and pathologic processes in the eye, including stem cell trafficking, neuronal development, immune responses, and ocular neovascularization. Here, we used the rat retina models to determine the mechanisms driving CXCR4 transcription. Methods: The expression pattern of CXCR4 and nuclear respiratory factor-1 (NRF-1) were profiled in the rat retina during the course of development. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (CHiP) assay determined the transcriptional mechanism of CXCR4 in rat retina...
September 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902341/bilateral-retinal-detachments-after-intravitreal-injection-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-in-a-patient-with-exudative-macular-degeneration
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Steven S Saraf, Matthew A Cunningham, Ajay E Kuriyan, Sarah P Read, Philip J Rosenfeld, Harry W Flynn, Thomas A Albini
A 77-year-old woman with exudative macular degeneration underwent bilateral intravitreal injections of "stem cells" at a clinic in Georgia. One month and 3 months after injection, she developed retinal detachments in the left and right eyes, respectively. Increased awareness within the medical community of such poor outcomes is critical so that clinics offering untested practices that have been shown to be potentially harmful to patients can be identified and brought under U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight...
September 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900179/microrna-28-potentially-regulates-the-photoreceptor-lineage-commitment-of-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-derived-progenitors
#5
Hong-Pei Ji, Yu Xiong, Wei-Tao Song, En-Dong Zhang, Zhao-Lin Gao, Fei Yao, Tao Su, Rong-Rong Zhou, Xiao-Bo Xia
Retinal degenerative diseases ultimately result into irreversible photoreceptor death or loss. At present, the most promising treatment for these diseases is cell replacement therapy. Müller glia are the major glia in the retina, displaying cardinal features of retinal progenitor cells, and can be candidate of seed cells for retinal degenerative diseases. Here, mouse retinal Müller glia dissociated and cultured in vitro amplified and were dedifferentiated into Müller glia-derived progenitors (MGDPs), demonstrating expression of stem/progenitor cell markers Nestin, Sox2 and self-renewal capacity...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886418/chemically-induced-photoreceptor-degeneration-and-protection-in-mouse-ipsc-derived-three-dimensional-retinal-organoids
#6
Shin-Ichiro Ito, Akishi Onishi, Masayo Takahashi
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can be differentiated into various tissues and cell types, have been used for clinical research and disease modeling. Self-organizing three-dimensional (3D) tissue engineering has been established within the past decade and enables researchers to obtain tissues and cells that almost mimic in vivo development. However, there are no reports of practical experimental procedures that reproduce photoreceptor degeneration. In this study, we induced photoreceptor cell death in mouse iPSC-derived 3D retinal organoids (3D-retinas) by 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4-OHT), which induces photoreceptor degeneration in mouse retinal explants, and then established a live-cell imaging system to measure degeneration-related properties...
August 24, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844659/recapitulation-of-human-retinal-development-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-generates-transplantable-populations-of-cone-photoreceptors
#7
Anai Gonzalez-Cordero, Kamil Kruczek, Arifa Naeem, Milan Fernando, Magdalena Kloc, Joana Ribeiro, Debbie Goh, Yanai Duran, Samuel J I Blackford, Laura Abelleira-Hervas, Robert D Sampson, Ian O Shum, Matthew J Branch, Peter J Gardner, Jane C Sowden, James W B Bainbridge, Alexander J Smith, Emma L West, Rachael A Pearson, Robin R Ali
Transplantation of rod photoreceptors, derived either from neonatal retinae or pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), can restore rod-mediated visual function in murine models of inherited blindness. However, humans depend more upon cone photoreceptors that are required for daylight, color, and high-acuity vision. Indeed, macular retinopathies involving loss of cones are leading causes of blindness. An essential step for developing stem cell-based therapies for maculopathies is the ability to generate transplantable human cones from renewable sources...
September 12, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829422/development-of-a-refined-protocol-for-trans-scleral-subretinal-transplantation-of-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-into-rat-eyes
#8
Cuiping Zhao, Nathan C Boles, Justine D Miller, Suzanne Kawola, Sally Temple, Richard J Davis, Jeffrey H Stern
Degenerative retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are the leading cause of irreversible vision loss worldwide. AMD is characterized by the degeneration of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, which are a monolayer of cells functionally supporting and anatomically wrapping around the neural retina. Current pharmacological treatments for the non-neovascular AMD (dry AMD) only slow down the disease progression but cannot restore vision, necessitating studies aimed at identifying novel therapeutic strategies...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813666/microrna-9-couples-brain-neurogenesis-and-angiogenesis
#9
Romain Madelaine, Steven A Sloan, Nina Huber, James H Notwell, Louis C Leung, Gemini Skariah, Caroline Halluin, Sergiu P Paşca, Gill Bejerano, Mark A Krasnow, Ben A Barres, Philippe Mourrain
In the developing brain, neurons expressing VEGF-A and blood vessels grow in close apposition, but many of the molecular pathways regulating neuronal VEGF-A and neurovascular system development remain to be deciphered. Here, we show that miR-9 links neurogenesis and angiogenesis through the formation of neurons expressing VEGF-A. We found that miR-9 directly targets the transcription factors TLX and ONECUTs to regulate VEGF-A expression. miR-9 inhibition leads to increased TLX and ONECUT expression, resulting in VEGF-A overexpression...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781074/activin-signals-through-smad2-3-to-increase-photoreceptor-precursor-yield-during-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation
#10
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...
September 12, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766169/retinoid-acid-and-taurine-promote-neurod1-induced-differentiation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-retinal-ganglion-cells
#11
Li Huang, Mengfei Chen, Weizhong Zhang, Xuerong Sun, Bingqian Liu, Jian Ge
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) possess the capacity to differentiate into multiple cell types including retinal neurons. Despite substantial progress in the transcriptional regulation of iPSC differentiation process, the efficiency of generation of retinal neurons from iPSCs is still low. In this study, we investigated the role of transcription factor NeuroD1 in the differentiation of iPSCs into retinal neurons. We observed that retrovirus-mediated NeuroD1 overexpression in iPSCs increased the efficiency of neuronal differentiation...
August 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759433/engineering-derived-approaches-for-ipsc-preparation-expansion-differentiation-and-applications
#12
Yang Li, Ling Li, Zhi-Nan Chen, Ge Gao, Rui Yao, Wei Sun
Remarkable achievements have been made since induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were first introduced in 2006. Compared with non-pluripotent stem cells, iPSC research faces several additional complexities, such as the choice of extracellular matrix proteins, growth and differentiation factors, as well as technical challenges related to self-renewal and directed differentiation. Overcoming these challenges requires the integration of knowledge and technologies from multiple fields including cell biology, biomaterial science, engineering, physics and medicine...
July 31, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728472/the-identification-of-interferon-%C3%AE-as-a-key-supportive-factor-for-retinal-differentiation-of-murine-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Barbora Hermankova, Jan Kossl, Eliska Javorkova, Pavla Bohacova, Michaela Hajkova, Alena Zajicova, Magdalena Krulova, Vladimir Holan
Retinal disorders represent the main cause of decreased quality of vision and even blindness worldwide. The loss of retinal cells causes irreversible damage of the retina, and there are currently no effective treatment protocols for most retinal degenerative diseases. A promising approach for the treatment of retinal disorders is represented by stem cell-based therapy. The perspective candidates are mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which can differentiate into multiple cell types and produce a number of trophic and growth factors...
August 22, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728289/-the-protective-effect-of-pigment-epithelial-derived-factor-modified-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-rats-with-diabetic-retinopathy
#14
W Zhang, H T Duan, S Chen, Y X Wang, J H Kong, M Dong, X Bi, J Song
Objective: To investigate the effect of pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF) gene-modified human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) on rats with diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Experimental study. Human umbilical cord MSC were transfected by lentivirus packaging PEDF-MSC-green fluorescent protein (GFP) and GFP-MSC plasmid vectors, and the expression of PEDF and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was measured in the cell culture medium. Fifty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: normal control group (group A), DR control group (group B), phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) treated group (group C), GFP-MSC treated group (group D) and PEDF-MSC-GFP treated group (group E), with 10 rats in each group...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715614/intraperitoneal-administration-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells-for-the-rescue-of-retinal-degeneration-in-a-mouse-model-via-indigenous-cntf-up-regulation-by-il-6
#15
Jeong Hoon Heo, Jung Ae Yoon, Eun Kyung Ahn, Hyun Kim, Sang Hwa Urm, Chul Oh Oak, Byeng Chul Yu, Sang Joon Lee
As the world's population begins to age, retinal degeneration is an increasing problem, and various treatment modalities are being developed. However, there have been no therapies for degenerative retinal conditions that are not characterized by neovascularization. We investigated whether transplantation of mouse adipose tissue-derived stem cells (mADSC) into the intraperitoneal space has a rescue effect on NaIO3 -induced retinal degeneration in mice. In this study, mADSC transplantation recovered visual function and preserved the retinal outer layer structure compared to the control group without any integration of mADSC into the retina...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705258/fate-bias-during-neural-regeneration-adjusts-dynamically-without-recapitulating-developmental-fate-progression
#16
Jeremy Ng Chi Kei, Peter David Currie, Patricia Regina Jusuf
BACKGROUND: Regeneration of neurons in the central nervous system is poor in humans. In other vertebrates neural regeneration does occur efficiently and involves reactivation of developmental processes. Within the neural retina of zebrafish, Müller glia are the main stem cell source and are capable of generating progenitors to replace lost neurons after injury. However, it remains largely unknown to what extent Müller glia and neuron differentiation mirror development. METHODS: Following neural ablation in the zebrafish retina, dividing cells were tracked using a prolonged labelling technique...
July 13, 2017: Neural Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691584/fibrin-gel-as-a-scaffold-for-photoreceptor-cells-differentiation-from-conjunctiva-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-retina-tissue-engineering
#17
Mostafa Soleimannejad, Somayeh Ebrahimi-Barough, Masoud Soleimani, Samad Nadri, Seyed Mohammad Tavangar, Ramak Roohipoor, Meysam Yazdankhah, Neda Bayat, Mohammad Riazi-Esfahani, Jafar Ai
Stem cell-based therapies are attraction approaches for regenerative medicine for treating retinal diseases. One of the limitations in cell therapy is cell death following post-injection whit preventing functional integration with retinal tissue. Fibrin gel, a bio-polymeric material with excellent biocompatibility, provides numerous advantages as a tissue engineering scaffold and a stem cell carrier. Therefore, current research is focusing on developing fibrin hydrogel scaffolds to protect stem cells during delivery and to stimulate endogenous regeneration through interactions of transplanted stem cells and retinal tissue...
July 10, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672156/evidence-for-a-retinal-progenitor-cell-in-the-postnatal-and-adult-mouse
#18
Xi Chen, Shaojun Wang, Haiwei Xu, Joao D Pereira, Konstantinos E Hatzistergos, Dieter Saur, Barbara Seidler, Joshua M Hare, Mark A Perrella, Zheng Qin Yin, Xiaoli Liu
Progress in cell therapy for retinal disorders has been challenging. Recognized retinal progenitors are a heterogeneous population of cells that lack surface markers for the isolation of live cells for clinical implementation. In the present application, our objective was to use the stem cell factor receptor c-Kit (CD117), a surface marker, to isolate and evaluate a distinct progenitor cell population from retinas of postnatal and adult mice. Here we report that, by combining traditional methods with fate mapping, we have identified a c-Kit-positive (c-Kit(+)) retinal progenitor cell (RPC) that is self-renewing and clonogenic in vitro, and capable of generating many cell types in vitro and in vivo...
August 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671652/induction-of-hypoxia-in-living-frog-and-zebrafish-embryos
#19
Helena Khaliullina-Skultety, Ngiam Zi Chao, William A Harris
Here, we introduce a novel system for hypoxia induction, which we developed to study the effects of hypoxia in aquatic organisms such as frog and zebrafish embryos. Our system comprises a chamber featuring a simple setup that is nevertheless robust to induce and maintain a specific oxygen concentration and temperature in any experimental solution of choice. The presented system is very cost-effective but highly functional, it allows induction and sustainment of hypoxia for direct experiments in vivo and for various time periods up to 48 h...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660235/a-co-culture-model-for-determining-the-target-specificity-of-the-de-novo-generated-retinal-ganglion-cells
#20
Pooja Teotia, Matthew J Van Hook, Iqbal Ahmad
In glaucoma, the output neurons of the retina, the retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), progressively degenerate, leading to irreversible blindness (Ahram et al., 2015). The ex vivo stem cell method to replace degenerated RGCs remains a potentially viable approach (Levin et al., 2004). However, the success of the approach depends upon the ability of the de novo generated RGCs to connect over the long distance with specific targets in the central visual pathway. Here, we describe a protocol to examine the target specificity of the de novo generated RGCs using a co-culture approach where the RGCs neurites are allowed to choose between specific (superior colliculus; SC) and non-specific (inferior colliculus; IC) tectal targets...
April 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
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