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Amniotic fluid stem cells

Daigo Ochiai, Hirotaka Masuda, Yushi Abe, Toshimitsu Otani, Marie Fukutake, Tadashi Matsumoto, Kei Miyakoshi, Mamoru Tanaka
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have generated great interest in the fields of regenerative medicine and immunotherapy because of their unique biological properties. Among MSCs, amniotic fluid stem cells (AFS) have a number of characteristics that make them attractive candidates for tissue engineering and cell replacement strategies, particularly for perinatal medicine. If various neonatal conditions, including birth asphyxia, preterm birth, and congenital abnormalities, which result in long-lasting severe impairments, could be predicted during pregnancy, it would allow collection of small samples of amniotic fluid cells by amniocentesis...
March 6, 2018: Keio Journal of Medicine
Wenhua Pei, Tengfei Lu, Kunfu Wang, Meng Ji, Shuang Zhang, Fenghao Chen, Lu Li, Xiangchen Li, Weijun Guan
Mesenchymal stem cells derived from amniotic fluid have become one of the most potential stem cell source for cell-based therapy for the reason they can be harvested at low cost and without ethical problems. Here, we obtained amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) from ovine amniotic fluid and studied the expansion capacity, cell markers expression, karyotype, and multilineage differentiation ability. In our work, AFSCs were subcultured to passage 62. The cell markers, CD29, CD44, CD73 and OCT4 which analyzed by RT-PCR were positive; CD44, CD73, CD90, CD105, NANOG, OCT4 analyzed by immunofluorescence and flow cytometry were also positive...
March 3, 2018: Cytotechnology
Shao-Yu Peng, Sheng-Wen S Shaw
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the current medical and stem-cell therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and prenatal transplantation of amniotic fluid stem cells in the future. RECENT FINDINGS: SMA is an autosomal recessive inheritance of neurodegenerative disease, which is caused of the mutation in survival motor neuron. The severe-type SMA patients usually die from the respiratory failure within 2 years after birth. Recently, researchers had found that 3-methyladenine could inhibit the autophagy and had the capacity to reduce death of the neurons...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kate E Hawkins, Michelangelo Corcelli, Kate Dowding, Anna M Ranzoni, Filipa Vlahova, Kwan-Leong Hau, Avina Hunjan, Donald Peebles, Pierre Gressens, Henrik Hagberg, Paolo de Coppi, Mariya Hristova, Pascale V Guillot
Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have huge potential for regenerative medicine. In particular, the use of pluripotent stem cell-derived mesenchymal stem cells (PSC-MSCs) overcomes the hurdle of replicative senescence associated with the in vitro expansion of primary cells and has increased therapeutic benefits in comparison to the use of various adult sources of MSCs in a wide range of animal disease models. On the other hand, fetal MSCs exhibit faster growth kinetics and possess longer telomeres and a wider differentiation potential than adult MSCs...
February 28, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Panicos Shangaris, Stavros P Loukogeorgakis, Michael Blundell, Eleni Petra, Steven W Shaw, Durrgah Ramachandra, Panagiotis Maghsoudlou, Luca Urbani, Adrian Thrasher, Anna L David, Paolo De Coppi
Clinical success of in utero transplantation (IUT) using allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) has been limited to fetuses that lack an immune response to allogeneic cells due to severe immunological defects, and where transplanted genetically normal cells have a proliferative or survival advantage. Amniotic fluid (AF) is an autologous source of stem cells with hematopoietic potential that could be used to treat congenital blood disorders. We compared the ability of congenic and allogeneic mouse AF stem cells (AFSC) to engraft the hematopoietic system of time-mated C57BL/6J mice (E13...
February 26, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
Tzu-Cheng Sung, Hsing-Fen Li, Akon Higuchi, Qing-Dong Ling, Jia-Sin Yang, Yeh-Chia Tseng, Chih-Hsien Pan Pan, Abdullah A Alarfaj, Murugan A Munusamy, Suresh Kumar, Shih-Tien Hsu, Kadarkarai Murugan
The effect of physical cues, such as the stiffness of biomaterials on the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells, has been investigated by several researchers. However, most of these investigators have used polyacrylamide hydrogels for stem cell culture in their studies. Therefore, their results are controversial because those results might originate from the specific characteristics of the polyacrylamide and not from the physical cue (stiffness) of the biomaterials. Here, we describe a protocol for preparing hydrogels, which are not based on polyacrylamide, where various stem, cells including human embryonic stem (ES) cells and human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, can be cultured...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Michelangelo Corcelli, Kate Hawkins, Filipa Vlahova, Avina Hunjan, Kate Dowding, Paolo De Coppi, Anna L David, Donald Peebles, Pierre Gressens, Henrik Hagberg, Mariya Hristova, Pascale V Guillot
Human amniotic fluid contains two morphologically-distinct sub-populations of stem cells with regenerative potential, spindle-shaped (SS-hAFSCs) and round-shaped human amniotic fluid stem cells (RS-hAFSCs). However, it is unclear whether morphological differences correlate with functionality, and this lack of knowledge limits their translational applications. Here, we show that SS-hAFSCs and RS-hAFSCs differ in their neuro-protective ability, demonstrating that a single contralateral injection of SS-hAFSCs into hypoxic-ischemic P7 mice conferred a 47% reduction in hippocampal tissue loss and 43-45% reduction in TUNEL-positive cells in the hippocampus and striatum 48 hours after the insult, decreased microglial activation and TGFβ1 levels, and prevented demyelination...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Julio Jiménez, Flore Lesage, Jute Richter, Taro Nagatomo, Thomas Salaets, Silvia Zia, Marina Gabriela Mori Da Cunha, Jeroen Vanoirbeek, Jan A Deprest, Jaan Toelen
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a chronic lung disease that affects extremely preterm infants and remains - despite improvements in neonatal intensive care - a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. Cell-therapeutic strategies employing mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been shown to modulate lung development in BPD models. OBJECTIVE: Herein, we evaluate the potential of human amniotic fluid (hAF)-SC and hAF-SC with upregulated expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as cell-therapeutic agents for BPD...
February 1, 2018: Neonatology
Mala Srivastava, Neha Ahlawat, Ankita Srivastava
Regenerative medicine has become an emerging field which focuses on repair, replacement or regeneration of cells, tissues and the entire organs. The regeneration may occur in patient's own body by using their system as a bioreactor, e.g., cell therapy that involves transplantation of stem cells capable of proliferating, differentiating and replacing damaged host cells. As the field of regenerative medicine advances, and sources of stem cells has been intensified. Though embryonic and adult tissues can be used for isolation of pluripotent stem cells, the amniotic fluid (AF) has been proposed as an alternative source of stem cells for tissue regeneration...
February 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Ching-Chung Liang, Sheng-Wen Steven Shaw, Yung-Hsin Huang, Yi-Hao Lin, Tsong-Hai Lee
To examine the effects of human amniotic fluid stem cells (hAFSCs) transplantation on bladder function and molecular changes in diabetic rats, 60 female Sprague-Dawley rats were used for study. Three groups were assigned including sham control rats, streptozotocin (STZ, 60 mg/kg)-induced diabetic rats and STZ-induced diabetic rats plus bladder hAFSCs transplantation. Compared to controls, diabetic rats had decreased body weight but increased bladder weight. Cystometries showed non-voiding contraction, residual volume, voided volume and intercontraction interval increased significantly in diabetic rats at week 4 and 12 after DM induction, but improved after hAFSCs transplantation...
February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Maria Ribecco-Lutkiewicz, Caroline Sodja, Julie Haukenfrers, Arsalan S Haqqani, Dao Ly, Peter Zachar, Ewa Baumann, Marguerite Ball, Jez Huang, Marina Rukhlova, Marzia Martina, Qing Liu, Danica Stanimirovic, Anna Jezierski, Mahmud Bani-Yaghoub
We have developed a renewable, scalable and transgene free human blood-brain barrier model, composed of brain endothelial cells (BECs), generated from human amniotic fluid derived induced pluripotent stem cells (AF-iPSC), which can also give rise to syngeneic neural cells of the neurovascular unit. These AF-iPSC-derived BECs (i-BEC) exhibited high transendothelial electrical resistance (up to 1500 Ω cm2) inducible by astrocyte-derived molecular cues and retinoic acid treatment, polarized expression of functional efflux transporters and receptor mediated transcytosis triggered by antibodies against specific receptors...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yunyan He, Jianming Luo, Yonghong Lei, Siyuan Jia, Ning Liao
This study's purposes were to diagnose intractable hemolytic anemia and to provide guiding treatment for the affected family members. We performed NGS in a panel of 600 genes for blood diseases on a patient with obscure hemolytic anemia and her parents. We confirmed the diagnosis of pyruvate kinase deficiency, identified a novel homozygous mutation of the PKLR gene (NM_000298: exon 6: c.T941C: p.I314T), and ruled out other blood diseases in the Chinese family. Furthermore, amniotic fluid was taken from the mother during the second trimester, and DNA was extracted to analyze the type of PKLR gene mutation...
January 18, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Francesca Beretti, Manuela Zavatti, Francesca Casciaro, Giuseppina Comitini, Fabrizia Franchi, Veronica Barbieri, Giovanni B La Sala, Tullia Maraldi
It is widely accepted that the therapeutic potential of stem cells can be largely mediated by paracrine factors, also included into exosomes. Thus, stem cell-derived exosomes represent a major therapeutic option in regenerative medicine avoiding, if compared to stem cells graft, abnormal differentiation and tumor formation. Exosomes derived from mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) induce damaged tissue repair, and can also exert immunomodulatory effects on the differentiation, activation and function of different lymphocytes...
January 16, 2018: BioFactors
Thamil Selvee Ramasamy, Vithya Velaithan, Yelena Yeow, Fazlul H Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Regenerative medicine aims to provide therapeutic treatment for disease or injury, and cell-based therapy is a newer therapeutic approach that the conventional medicine cannot do. The ethical issues rose by the utilisation of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) and the limited capacity of adult stem cells, however, hinder the application of these stem cells in regenerative medicine. Recently, isolation and characterisation of c-kit positive cells from human amniotic fluid, which possess intermediate characteristics between hESCs and adult stem cells, provided a new approach towards realising their promise for fetal and adult regenerative medicine...
January 14, 2018: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Jaroslav Slamecka, Javier Laurini, Troy Shirley, Simon Philipp Hoerstrup, Benedikt Weber, Laurie Owen, Steven McClellan
Autologous cell-based therapies got a step closer to reality with the introduction of induced pluripotent stem cells. Fetal stem cells, such as amniotic fluid and membrane mesenchymal stem cells, represent a unique type of undifferentiated cells with promise in tissue engineering and for reprogramming into iPSC for future pediatric interventions and stem cell banking. The protocol presented here describes an optimized procedure for extracting and culturing primary amniotic fluid and membrane mesenchymal stem cells and generating episomal induced pluripotent stem cells from these cells in fully chemically defined culture conditions utilizing human recombinant vitronectin and the E8 medium...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
S W Steven Shaw, Po-Jen Cheng, Yao-Lung Chang, An-Shine Chao, Tzu-Hao Wang, Shuenn-Dyh Chang, T'sang-T'ang Hsieh, Kuo-Hsuan Chang
OBJECTIVE: To study the difference of amniotic fluid stem cell potential at different gestational age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Second trimester amniocentesis was performed during 15 to 22nd week of gestational age in a single medical center from 2015 to 2016. Early second trimester amniotic fluid stem cells (E-AFS) and later one (L-AFS) were defined 15-18th week, and 19-22nd week, respectively. Cell characteristics, surface markers and ability to form induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) were studied...
December 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kun-Yi Lin, Shao-Yu Peng, Chih-Jen Chou, Herng-Sheng Lee, Leou-Chyr Lin, Ru-Yu Pan, Shinn-Chih Wu
Recently, stem cells have offered an alternative treatment for inflammatory bowel disease or colitis to overcome the poor outcomes associated with current therapies. Amniotic fluid-derived stem cells have the potential for the regeneration of impaired organs and the recovery of normal physiologic functions of damaged tissues without ethical concerns or risk of tumor formation. In this work, we aimed to examine the therapeutic effects of infusion of porcine amniotic fluid-derived stem cells (pAFSCs) in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in mice...
December 15, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
L-B Chang, S-Y Peng, C-J Chou, Y-J Chen, J-S Shiu, P-A Tu, S-X Gao, Y-C Chen, T-K Lin, S-C Wu
Amniotic fluid is a rich source of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) have become a new source of stem cells; they have low immunogenicity and are easily harvested. For this reason, they may be useful in clinical tissue engineering. Moreover, AFSCs have anti-inflammatory properties and can repair tissues. This study evaluated the utility of AFSC injection to treat bilateral ovarian dystrophy in Holstein-Friesian cows. Bovine AFSCs (BAFSCs) were collected at slaughter from Holstein-Friesian cows during the third or fourth month of pregnancy and cultured in vitro...
December 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Lucas-Sebastian Spitzhorn, Md Shaifur Rahman, Laura Schwindt, Huyen-Tran Ho, Wasco Wruck, Martina Bohndorf, Silke Wehrmeyer, Audrey Ncube, Ines Beyer, Carsten Hagenbeck, Percy Balan, Tanja Fehm, James Adjaye
Human amniotic fluid cells are immune-privileged with low immunogenicity and anti-inflammatory properties. They are able to self-renew, are highly proliferative, and have a broad differentiation potential, making them amenable for cell-based therapies. Amniotic fluid (AF) is routinely obtained via amniocentesis and contains heterogeneous populations of foetal-derived progenitor cells including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In this study, we isolated human MSCs from AF (AF-MSCs) obtained during Caesarean sections (C-sections) and characterized them...
2017: Stem Cells International
S Sedrakyan, V Villani, S Da Sacco, N Tripuraneni, S Porta, A Achena, M Lavarreda-Pearce, A Petrosyan, H Soloyan, R E De Filippo, B Bussolati, L Perin
Injection of amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSC) delays the course of progression of renal fibrosis in animals with Alport Syndrome, enhancing kidney function and improving survival. The mechanisms responsible for these protective outcomes are still largely unknown. Here, we showed that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling within the glomeruli of Alport mice is strongly elevated early on in the disease, causing glomerular endothelial cell damage. Intraventricular injected AFSC that homed within the glomeruli showed strong modulation of the VEGF activity, particularly in glomerular endothelial cells...
December 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
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