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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155878/irhom2-is-essential-for-innate-immunity-to-rna-virus-by-antagonizing-er-and-mitochondria-associated-degradation-of-visa
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Wei-Wei Luo, Shu Li, Chen Li, Zhou-Qin Zheng, Pan Cao, Zhen Tong, Huan Lian, Su-Yun Wang, Hong-Bing Shu, Yan-Yi Wang
VISA (also known as MAVS, IPS-1 and Cardif) is an essential adaptor protein in innate immune response to RNA virus. The protein level of VISA is delicately regulated before and after viral infection to ensure the optimal activation and timely termination of innate antiviral response. It has been reported that several E3 ubiquitin ligases can mediate the degradation of VISA, but how the stability of VISA is maintained before and after viral infection remains enigmatic. In this study, we found that the ER-associated inactive rhomboid protein 2 (iRhom2) plays an essential role in mounting an efficient innate immune response to RNA virus by maintaining the stability of VISA through distinct mechanisms...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154227/generation-of-integration-free-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-line-njmui001-a-from-a-phenylketonuria-patient
#2
Tianhui Xu, Dong Liang, Jingjing Zhang, Xiuqing Ji, Huanran Hu, Yun Sun, Tao Jiang, Xia Wang, Ping Hu, Zhengfeng Xu
PKU is a prevalent type of inherited metabolic disease, caused by the defective phenylalanine metabolism. In most PKU cases, mutations in the PAH gene could be found. Dysfunction of this hepatic enzyme will lead to diverse clinical symptoms due to a failure in converting phenylalanine into tyrosine. Here, we report an integration-free human induced pluripotent stem cell line (NJMUi001-A) generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of a PKU patient by using Sendai virus. This iPS cell line has characteristics of pluripotent stem cells and can be used as a useful tool for the investigation of this inherited metabolic disease...
November 10, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145898/making-gametes-from-alternate-sources-of-stem-cells-past-present-and-future
#3
REVIEW
Deepa Bhartiya, Sandhya Anand, Hiren Patel, Seema Parte
Infertile couples including cancer survivors stand to benefit from gametes differentiated from embryonic or induced pluripotent stem (ES/iPS) cells. It remains challenging to convert human ES/iPS cells into primordial germ-like cells (PGCLCs) en route to obtaining gametes. Considerable success was achieved in 2016 to obtain fertile offspring starting with mouse ES/iPS cells, however the specification of human ES/iPS cells into PGCLCs in vitro is still not achieved. Human ES cells will not yield patient-specific gametes unless and until hES cells are derived by somatic cell nuclear transfer (therapeutic cloning) whereas iPS cells retain the residual epigenetic memory of the somatic cells from which they are derived and also harbor genomic and mitochondrial DNA mutations...
November 16, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143183/micrornas-important-regulators-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-generation-and-differentiation
#4
REVIEW
Zhao-Lin Zeng, Xiao-Long Lin, Li-Lan Tan, Ya-Mi Liu, Kai Qu, Zuo Wang
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can differentiate into nearly all types of cells. In contrast to embryonic stem cells, iPS cells are not subject to immune rejection because they are derived from a patient's own cells without ethical concerns. These cells can be used in regenerative medical techniques, stem cell therapy, disease modelling and drug discovery investigations. However, this application faces many challenges, such as low efficiency, slow generation time, partially reprogrammed colonies and tumourigenicity...
November 15, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136536/on-the-bright-side-of-a-forest-pest-the-metabolic-potential-of-bark-beetles-bacterial-associates
#5
Anna Fabryová, Martin Kostovčík, Alexandra Díez-Méndez, Alejandro Jiménez-Gómez, Lorena Celador-Lera, Zaki Saati-Santamaría, Hana Sechovcová, Esther Menéndez, Miroslav Kolařik, Paula García-Fraile
Bark beetles reproduce and overwinter under the bark of trees, and are associated with bacteria that may influence the fitness of their hosts. As regard the aim of this study was to test the metabolic potential of bacterial strains, isolated from the bark beetle species Cryphalus piceae, Ips typographus and Pityophthorus pityophthorus and collected in the Czech Republic from fir, spruce and pine trees, respectively, to degrade plant cell compounds. The bacterial strains were identified as belonging to the genera Curtobacterium, Erwinia, Pantoea, Pseudomonas, Rahnella, Staphylococcus, and Yersinia...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136202/a-conceptual-framework-for-cell-identity-transitions-in-plants
#6
Idan Efroni
Multicellular organisms develop from a single cell that proliferates to form different cell types with specialized functions. Sixty years ago, Waddington's suggested the "epigenetic landscape" as a useful metaphor for the process. According to this view, cells move through a rugged identity space along genetically-encoded trajectories, until arriving at one of possible final fates. In plants in particular, these trajectories also have strong spatial correlates, as cell identity is intimately linked to its relative position within the plant...
November 9, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125995/a-human-ips-cell-myogenic-differentiation-system-permitting-high-throughput-drug-screening
#7
Tomoya Uchimura, Jun Otomo, Masae Sato, Hidetoshi Sakurai
Muscular dystrophy is a disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness and degeneration. There are currently no available treatments for most muscular diseases, such as muscular dystrophy. Moreover, current therapeutics are focused on improving the quality of life of patients by relieving the symptoms or stress caused by the disease. Although the causative genes for many muscular diseases have been identified, the mechanisms underlying their pathogenesis remain unclear. Patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have become a powerful tool for understanding the pathogenesis of intractable diseases, as well as for phenotype screening, which can serve as the basis for developing new drugs...
October 28, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118915/a-novel-culture-system-robustly-maintained-pluripotency-of-embryonic-stem-cells-and-accelerated-somatic-reprogramming-by-activating-wnt-signaling
#8
Shaojie Li, Xiao Lu, Haipeng He, Rong Cui, Xianxin Wang, Xiaoyun Wang, Xia Wu
Wnt signaling is intrinsic to embryonic stem cell self-renewal and mammalian development. However, the effects of wnts on ES cells self-renewal and iPS cells transduction was not clearly understood. In this study, L-Wnt3a cells that secreted activated Wnt3a protein into medium were used to produce Wnt3a condition medium (Wnt3a-CM) or feeder layer for ES cells cultivation and iPS cells transduction. The results showed that L-Wnt3a cells as feeder layer significantly promoted establishment of ES cell lines and generation of iPS cells...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116664/unraveling-the-biology-of-bipolar-disorder-using-induced-pluripotent-stem-derived-neurons
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REVIEW
Nathaniel D Miller, John R Kelsoe
OBJECTIVES: Bipolar disorder has been studied from numerous angles, from pathological studies to large-scale genomic studies, overall making moderate gains toward an understanding of the disorder. With the advancement of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology, in vitro models based on patient samples are now available that inherently incorporate the complex genetic variants that largely are the basis for this disorder. A number of groups are starting to apply iPS technology to the study of bipolar disorder...
November 8, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116192/human-stem-cell-derived-retinal-epithelial-cells-activate-complement-via-collectin-11-in-response-to-stress
#10
Giorgia Fanelli, Anai Gonzalez-Cordero, Peter J Gardner, Qi Peng, Milan Fernando, Magdalena Kloc, Conrad A Farrar, Arifa Naeem, Peter Garred, Robin R Ali, Steven H Sacks
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of blindness and is associated with complement dysregulation. The disease is a potential target for stem cell therapy but success is likely to be limited by the inflammatory response. We investigated the innate immune properties of human induced-pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived RPE cells, particularly with regard to the complement pathway. We focused on collectin-11 (CL-11), a pattern recognition molecule that can trigger complement activation in renal epithelial tissue...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111375/a-novel-protocol-to-provide-a-suitable-cardiac-model-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#11
Mahsa Rasekhi, Masoud Soleimani, Behnaz Bakhshandeh, Majid Sadeghizadeh
Cumulative evidence has proven the safety, feasibility and efficacy of stem cell therapy for cardiomyocyte replacement in heart failure treatment. In contrast to embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) provide a route to the production of patient-specific stem cell lines with no ethical concerns. Recent studies have revealed that myogenic transcription factors activated the expression of conserved microRNAs (miRNAs), such as mir-1, that 'fine-tuned' the output of the transcriptional networks...
October 27, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080712/caudal-intraparietal-sulcus-and-three-dimensional-vision-a-combined-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-single-cell-study
#12
Amir-Mohammad Alizadeh, Ilse Van Dromme, Bram-Ernst Verhoef, Peter Janssen
The cortical network processing three-dimensional (3D) object structure defined by binocular disparity spans both the ventral and dorsal visual streams. However, very little is known about the neural representation of 3D structure at intermediate levels of the visual hierarchy. Here, we investigated the neural selectivity for 3D surfaces in the macaque Posterior Intraparietal area (PIP) in the medial bank of the caudal intraparietal sulcus (IPS). We first identified a region sensitive to depth-structure information in the medial bank of the caudal IPS using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and then recorded single-cell activity within this fMRI activation in the same animals...
November 4, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076081/an-introduction-to-erythropoiesis-approaches
#13
Joyce A Lloyd
Many experimental models have been used to study erythropoiesis. Even prior to the advent of the genetic manipulation of animal models, erythropoiesis was examined in the mouse, chicken, sheep, goat, and rabbit, among other vertebrates. Erythroid cell lines derived from human blood cancers were also very useful, as they could be genetically manipulated more easily than whole animals. Genetic models in the mouse, zebrafish, and frog have provided a plethora of information advancing our understanding of erythropoiesis, and remain gold standards in the field for studies of hemoglobin switching, and experiments to study authentic blood cell development...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074131/grouper-mavs-functions-as-a-crucial-antiviral-molecule-against-nervous-necrosis-virus-infection
#14
Youhua Huang, Jingcheng Zhang, Zhengliang Ouyang, Jiaxin Liu, Ya Zhang, Yin Hu, Xiaohong Huang, Qiwei Qin
Mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein (MAVS), also known as IPS-1, VISA, and Cardif, has been well studied for its crucial roles in the mammalian interferon immune response. To better understand the actions of MAVS in fish immune response, a MAVS homolog from orange spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides) (EcMAVS) was cloned and characterized in this study. EcMAVS encoded a 563-amino acid peptide which showed 64% and 20% identity to rock bream (Oplegnathus fasciatus) and human (Homo sapiens), respectively...
October 23, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070275/long-term-follow-up-of-a-patient-with-malignant-transformation-of-inverted-papilloma-into-sinonasal-undifferentiated-carcinoma
#15
Carolyn A Orgain, Terry Y Shibuya, Lester D Thompson, David B Keschner, Rohit Garg, Jivianne T Lee
INTRODUCTION: Inverted papillomas (IP) are benign sinonasal neoplasms, which account for 0.5-4% of all nasal tumors. IPs have been known to transform into squamous cell carcinoma in 5-15% of cases. Rarely, transformations to other malignancies have been reported. Here we report a unique case of malignant transformation of an IP into sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC). METHODS: A case report with a literature review; institutional review board exempted. The clinical presentation, radiographic features, surgical intervention, histopathologic analysis, treatment, and outcome of the case were examined...
October 1, 2017: Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066822/dysregulated-gene-expressions-of-mex3d-fos-and-bcl2-in-human-induced-neuronal-in-cells-from-nf1-patients-a-pilot-study
#16
Noriaki Sagata, Takahiro A Kato, Shin-Ichi Kano, Masahiro Ohgidani, Norihiro Shimokawa, Mina Sato-Kasai, Kohei Hayakawa, Nobuki Kuwano, Ashley M Wilson, Koko Ishizuka, Shiori Kato, Takeshi Nakahara, Makiko Nakahara-Kido, Daiki Setoyama, Yasunari Sakai, Shouichi Ohga, Masutaka Furue, Akira Sawa, Shigenobu Kanba
Direct conversion technique to produce induced-neuronal (iN) cells from human fibroblasts within 2 weeks is expected to discover unknown neuronal phenotypes of neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we present unique gene expression profiles in iN cells from patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a single-gene multifaceted disorder with comparatively high co-occurrence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Microarray-based transcriptomic analysis on iN cells from male healthy controls and male NF1 patients (NF1-iN cells) revealed that 149 genes expressions were significantly different (110 upregulated and 39 downregulated)...
October 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066419/effect-of-stem-cell-niche-elasticity-ecm-protein-on-the-self-beating-cardiomyocyte-differentiation-of-inducedpluripotent-stem-ips-cells-at-different-stages
#17
Mitsuhi Hirata, Tetsuji Yamaoka
Stem cell-based myocardial regeneration therapies have emerged as alternative strategies to heart transplantation for serious heart diseases, but autologous beating mature cardiomyocytes are not available. Here we investigated the effect of culture substrates on the cardiomyocyte differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSs) in vitro by separately evaluating the following continuous three steps: (1) cardiac marker gene expression, (2) contractile gene expression and self-beating, and (3) beating duration...
October 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060788/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-region-recognition-in-microscopy-images-using-convolutional-neural-networks
#18
Yuan-Hsiang Chang, Kuniya Abe, Hideo Yokota, Kazuhiro Sudo, Yukio Nakamura, Cheng-Yu Lin, Ming-Dar Tsai
We present a deep learning architecture Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) for automatic classification and recognition of reprogramming and reprogrammed human Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cell regions in microscopy images. The differentiated cells that possibly undergo reprogramming to iPS cells can be detected by this method for screening reagents or culture conditions in iPS induction. The learning results demonstrate that our CNNs can achieve the Top-1 and Top-2 error rates of 9.2% and 0.84%, respectively, to produce probability maps for the automatic analysis...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057926/engraftment-and-morphological-development-of-vascularized-human-ips-cell-derived-3d-cardiomyocyte-tissue-after-xenotransplantation
#19
Hirokazu Narita, Fumiaki Shima, Junya Yokoyama, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yoshinari Tsukamoto, Yasushi Takamura, Ayami Hiura, Ken Fukumoto, Tomohiro Chiba, Seiji Watanabe, Yoshiki Sawa, Mitsuru Akashi, Hiroshi Shimoda
One of the major challenges in cell-based cardiac regenerative medicine is the in vitro construction of three-dimensional (3D) tissues consisting of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte (iPSC-CM) and a blood vascular network supplying nutrients and oxygen throughout the tissue after implantation. We have successfully built a vascularized iPSC-CM 3D-tissue using our validated cell manipulation technique. In order to evaluate an availability of the 3D-tissue as a biomaterial, functional morphology of the tissues was examined by light and transmission electron microscopy through their implantation into the rat infarcted heart...
October 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057872/modelling-torsade-de-pointes-arrhythmias-in-vitro-in-3d-human-ips-cell-engineered-heart-tissue
#20
Masahide Kawatou, Hidetoshi Masumoto, Hiroyuki Fukushima, Gaku Morinaga, Ryuzo Sakata, Takashi Ashihara, Jun K Yamashita
Torsade de Pointes (TdP) is a lethal arrhythmia that is often drug-induced, thus there is an urgent need for development of models to test or predict the drug sensitivity of human cardiac tissue. Here, we present an in vitro TdP model using 3D cardiac tissue sheets (CTSs) that contain a mixture of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes and non-myocytes. We simultaneously monitor the extracellular field potential (EFP) and the contractile movement of the CTSs. Upon treatment with IKr channel blockers, CTSs exhibit tachyarrhythmias with characteristics of TdP, including both a typical polymorphic EFP and meandering spiral wave re-entry...
October 20, 2017: Nature Communications
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