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Min Young Kim, Ji Sook Kim, Seung Han Son, Chang Su Lim, Hea Young Eum, Dae Hyun Ha, Mi Ae Park, Eun Jung Baek, Buom-Yong Ryu, Ho Chul Kang, Vladimir N Uversky, Chul Geun Kim
During hematopoiesis, red blood cells originate from the hematopoietic stem cell reservoir. Although the regulation of erythropoiesis and globin expression has been intensively investigated, the underlining mechanisms are not fully understood, including the interplay between transcription factors and epigenetic factors. Here, we uncover that the Mbd2-free NuRD chromatin remodeling complex potentiates erythroid differentiation of proerythroblasts via managing functions of the CP2c complexes. We found that both Mbd2 and Mbd3 expression is downregulated during differentiation of MEL cells in vitro and in normal erythropoiesis in mouse bone marrow, and Mbd2 downregulation is crucial for erythropoiesis...
March 14, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Balal Brazvan, Abbas Ebrahimi-Kalan, Kobra Velaei, Ahmad Mehdipour, Zeynab Aliyari Serej, Ayyub Ebrahimi, Mohammad Ghorbani, Omid Cheraghi, Hojjatollah Nozad Charoudeh
The end of linear chromosomes is formed of a special nucleoprotein heterochromatin structure with repetitive TTAGGG sequences called telomere. Telomere length is regulated by a special enzyme called telomerase, a specific DNA polymerase that adds new telomeric sequences to the chromosome ends. Telomerase consists of two parts; the central protein part and the accessory part which is a RNA component transported by the central part. Regulation of telomere length by this enzyme is a multi-stage process. Telomere length elongation is strongly influenced by the level of telomerase and has a strong correlation with the activity of telomerase enzyme...
March 13, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Raffaella Di Micco, Eugenio Montini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: Blood
Shiwei Zheng, Efthymia Papalexi, Andrew Butler, William Stephenson, Rahul Satija
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) give rise to diverse cell types in the blood system, yet our molecular understanding of the early trajectories that generate this enormous diversity in humans remains incomplete. Here, we leverage Drop-seq, a massively parallel single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) approach, to individually profile 20,000 progenitor cells from human cord blood, without prior enrichment or depletion for individual lineages based on surface markers. Our data reveal a transcriptional compendium of progenitor states in human cord blood, representing four committed lineages downstream from HSC, alongside the transcriptional dynamics underlying fate commitment...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Systems Biology
Hans Michael Kvasnicka, Jürgen Thiele, Carlos E Bueso-Ramos, William Sun, Jorge Cortes, Hagop M Kantarjian, Srdan Verstovsek
BACKGROUND: Myelofibrosis (MF) is a life-shortening complication of myeloproliferative neoplasms associated with ineffective hematopoiesis, splenomegaly, and progressive bone marrow (BM) fibrosis. The oral Janus kinase (JAK) 1/JAK2 inhibitor ruxolitinib has been shown to improve splenomegaly, symptom burden, and overall survival in patients with intermediate-2 or high-risk MF compared with placebo or best available therapy (BAT). METHODS: The effects of ruxolitinib therapy for up to 66 months on BM morphology in 68 patients with advanced MF with variable BM fibrosis grade were compared with those in 192 matching patients treated with BAT...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Lucia Negri, Napoleone Ferrara
The mammalian prokineticins family comprises two conserved proteins, EG-VEGF/PROK1 and Bv8/PROK2, and their two highly related G protein-coupled receptors, PKR1 and PKR2. This signaling system has been linked to several important biological functions, including gastrointestinal tract motility, regulation of circadian rhythms, neurogenesis, angiogenesis and cancer progression, hematopoiesis, and nociception. Mutations in PKR2 or Bv8/PROK2 have been associated with Kallmann syndrome, a developmental disorder characterized by defective olfactory bulb neurogenesis, impaired development of gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons, and infertility...
April 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
Erico Masala, Ana Valencia-Martinez, Serena Pillozzi, Tommaso Rondelli, Alice Brogi, Alessandro Sanna, Antonella Gozzini, Annarosa Arcangeli, Persio Dello Sbarba, Valeria Santini
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) are clonal neoplasms where stem/progenitor cells endowed with self-renewal and capable of perpetuating the disease have been demonstrated. It is known that oxygen tension plays a key role in driving normal hematopoiesis and that hematopoietic stem cells are maintained in hypoxic areas of the bone marrow (BM). Hypoxia could also regulate leukemic/dysplastic hematopoiesis. We evaluated the stem cell potential of MDS cells derived from the BM of 39 MDS patients and selected under severe hypoxia...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Marc Permanyer, Berislav Bošnjak, Reinhold Förster
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September 4, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Chunyan Yue, Yingying Ding, Yang Gao, Li Li, Yan Pang, Zenghui Liu, Hang Zhang, Yang Xiao, Zujun Jiang, Haowen Xiao
OBJECTIVES: In patients with very severe aplastic anemia (VSAA), neutropenia is prolonged and persistent, resulting in refractory overwhelming infections. Hematopoiesis recovery is urgently needed. METHODS: Six patients with de novo VSAA lacking HLA-identical sibling donors and those who experienced refractory infections, underwent haploidentical related donor (HRD) hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a first-line therapy. The conditioning regimen consisted of busulfan, cyclophosphamide and rabbit antithymocyte globulin...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Anja Kammesheidt, Theresa R Tonozzi, Stephen W Lim, Glenn D Braunstein
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this study was to clinically evaluate circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) with a nine gene, 96 mutation panel among subjects at increased risk for cancer with no previous cancer diagnosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: DNA from 1059 asymptomatic subjects was analyzed for detection of low levels ctDNA using a blood plasma liquid biopsy assay. Subjects with detectable copies of ctDNA were asked to provide additional blood samples and relevant medical records throughout their one-year of participation...
2018: International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics
Yuan-Liang Zhang, Jie-Wen Sun, Yin-Yin Xie, Yan Zhou, Ping Liu, Jia-Chun Song, Chun-Hui Xu, Lan Wang, Dan Liu, Ai-Ning Xu, Zhu Chen, Sai-Juan Chen, Xiao-Jian Sun, Qiu-Hua Huang
The histone H3 lysine 36 methyltransferase SETD2 is frequently mutated in various cancers, including leukemia. However, there has not been any functional model to show the contribution of SETD2 in hematopoiesis or the causal role of SETD2 mutation in tumorigenesis. In this study, using a conditional Setd2 knockout mouse model, we show that Setd2 deficiency skews hematopoietic differentiation and reduces the number of multipotent progenitors; although the number of phenotypic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in Setd2-deleted mice is unchanged, functional assays, including serial BM transplantation, reveal that the self-renewal and competitiveness of HSCs are impaired...
March 12, 2018: Cell Research
Michael Lie-A-Ling, Elli Marinopoulou, Andrew J Lilly, Mairi Challinor, Rahima Patel, Christophe Lancrin, Valerie Kouskoff, Georges Lacaud
During ontogeny, hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells arise from hemogenic endothelium through an endothelial-to-hematopoietic transition that is strictly dependent on the transcription factor RUNX1. Although it is well established that RUNX1 is essential for the onset of hematopoiesis, little is known about the role of RUNX1 dosage specifically in hemogenic endothelium and during the endothelial-to-hematopoietic transition. Here, we used the mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation system to determine if and how RUNX1 dosage affects hemogenic endothelium differentiation...
March 12, 2018: Development
Man K S Lee, Annas Al-Sharea, Dragana Dragoljevic, Andrew J Murphy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) reside in the bone marrow and are important in replenishing all cells in the blood through a process termed hematopoiesis. One of the defining characteristics of HSCs is that they must be able to balance their self-renewal capacity with their differentiation into committed blood cells in various blood lineages. For these events to occur, HSCs must be tightly regulated in the bone marrow by intrinsic and extrinsic factors to maintain steady hematopoiesis...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
Emilie Coppin, Jonathan Florentin, Sathish Babu Vasamsetti, Anagha Arunkumar, John Sembrat, Mauricio Rojas, Dutta Partha
Splenic hematopoiesis is crucial to the pathogenesis of diseases including myocardial infarction and atherosclerosis. The spleen acts as a reservoir of myeloid cells, which are quickly expelled out in response to acute inflammation. In contrast to the well-defined bone marrow hematopoiesis, the cellular and molecular components sustaining splenic hematopoiesis are poorly understood. Surprisingly, we found that, unlike quiescent bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), most of splenic HSC are in the G1 phase in C57BL/6 mice...
March 11, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Miriam Steinberg, Joseph P Gaut, Stanley Paul Hmiel, Aadil Kakajiwala
Monoclonal gammopathies are a rare diagnosis in pediatric patients. A 19-year-old female patient with past medical history of hypogammaglobulinemia and natural killer cell deficiency and stage III follicular lymphoma, in remission, presented with a right-sided pneumonia, noted to have acute kidney injury and proteinuria. Complement C3 and C4 levels were normal. Anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies, antinuclear antibodies, anti-extractable nuclear antigen antibodies, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies were negative...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Yan-Yi Wang, Shan Ma, Qingyong Chen, Demin Jiao, Yong Yang
Current in vivo selections for hematopoietic stem cell (HSC)-based gene therapy are drug dependent and not without risk of cytotoxicity or tumorigenesis. We developed a new in vivo selection system with the non-phosphorylatable Bcl2 mutant Bcl2T69A/S70A/S87A (Bcl2AAA ), which makes in vivo selection drug independent and without risk of cytotoxicity or tumorigenesis. We demonstrated in HSC-transplanted mice that Bcl2AAA facilitated efficient in vivo selection in the absence of any exogenously applied drugs under both myeloablative and non-myeloablative conditioning...
March 9, 2018: Gene Therapy
Andreas K Øvlisen, Anders Oest, Mette D Bendtsen, John Bæch, Preben Johansen, Line S Lynggaard, Ingolf Mølle, Thomas B Mortensen, Duruta Weber, Gideon Ertner, Claudia Schöllkopf, Jesper Q Thomassen, Ove Juul Nielsen, Lene Sofie Granfeldt Østgård, Martin Bøgsted, Karen Dybkær, Hans E Johnsen, Marianne T Severinsen
Stringent complete remission (sCR) of acute myeloid leukemia is defined as normal hematopoiesis after therapy. Less sCR, including non-sCR, was introduced as insufficient blood platelet, neutrophil, or erythrocyte recovery. These latter characteristics were defined retrospectively as postremission transfusion dependency and were suggested to be of prognostic value. In the present report, we evaluated the prognostic impact of achieving sCR and non-sCR in the Danish National Acute Leukaemia Registry, including 769 patients registered with classical CR (ie, <5% blasts in the postinduction bone marrow analysis)...
March 13, 2018: Blood Advances
L J Liang, J Zhou, Y L Zhang, Y W Fu, Y L Zu, F K Yu, Q D Lin, L J Han, Q Wang, B J Fang, X D Wei, Y P Song
To explore the efficacy and influencing factors of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) in patients with myeloid leukemia and granulocytic sarcoma (GS). Clinical outcome including hematopoietic reconstitution, transplant-related complications, survival and relapse were collected and retrospectively analyzed in 9 patients with myeloid leukemia and GS after allo-HSCT. Hematopoiesis reconstitution was achieved in all the 9 recipients. Four cases developed acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and 1 with chronic GVHD...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Sofia Frändberg, Susann Li, Cecilia Boreström, Jan Holgersson, Lars Palmqvist
BACKGROUND: Cord blood units (CBUs) are processed, frozen, and thawed before use in hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation. The manipulations affect HSC functionality, that is, induce apoptosis and reduce viability. HSC content, commonly expressed as CBU potency, that is, the expected ability of a CBU to restore hematopoiesis, is traditionally approximated through viable CD34+ cells and the colony-forming unit (CFU) cell cultivation assay. Alternative approaches, for example, the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme-based assay, are also forthcoming...
March 7, 2018: Transfusion
Jerry L Spivak
Polycythemia vera (PV) is the most common myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN), the ultimate phenotype of the JAK2 V1617F mutation, the MPN with the highest incidence of thromboembolic complications, which usually occur early in the course of the disease, and the only MPN in which erythrocytosis occurs. The classical presentation of PV is characterized by erythrocytosis, leukocytosis, and thrombocytosis, often with splenomegaly and occasionally with myelofibrosis, but it can also present as isolated erythrocytosis with or without splenomegaly, isolated thrombocytosis or isolated leukocytosis, or any combination of these...
March 7, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
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