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Polina Zjablovskaja, Petr Danek, Miroslava Kardosova, Meritxell Alberich-Jorda
Understanding of the hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell biology has important implications for regenerative medicine and the treatment of hematological pathologies. Despite the most relevant data that can be acquired using in vivo models or primary cultures, the low abundance of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells considerably restricts the pool of suitable techniques for their investigation. Therefore, the use of cell lines allows sufficient production of biological material for the performance of screenings or assays that require large cell numbers...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Joke Terryn, Tine Tricot, Madhavsai Gajjar, Catherine Verfaillie
Pluripotent stem cells have the property of long-term self-renewal and the potential to give rise to descendants of the three germ layers and hence all mature cells in the human body. Therefore, they hold the promise of offering insight not only into human development but also for human disease modeling and regenerative medicine. However, the generation of mature differentiated cells that closely resemble their in vivo counterparts remains challenging. Recent advances in single-cell transcriptomics and computational modeling of gene regulatory networks are revealing a better understanding of lineage commitment and are driving modern genome editing approaches...
2018: F1000Research
Laixi Bi, Lan Sun, Zhenlin Jin, Shenghui Zhang, Zhijian Shen
MicroRNAs (miRs) have been demonstrated to perform important roles in normal hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis. Accumulating evidence suggests that miR-10a and miR-10b may behave as novel oncogenes or tumor suppressors in human cancer. The present study reported the function of the miR-10 family in myeloid differentiation and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The levels of miR-10a/b expression were increased in AML cases compared with normal controls, particularly in M1, M2 and M3 subtypes. The levels of miR-10a/b expression were also upregulated in patients with nucleophosmin-mutated AML and AML patients with t(8;21) and t(9;11), compared with the normal control...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Narges Aghaallaei, Baubak Bajoghli
T-cell development is coupled with a highly ordered migratory pattern. Lymphoid progenitors must follow a precise journey; starting from the hematopoietic tissue, they move toward the thymus and then migrate into and out of distinct thymic microenvironments, where they receive signals and cues required for their differentiation into naïve T-cells. Knowing where, when, and how these cells make directional "decisions" is key to understanding T-cell development. Such insights can be gained by directly observing developing T-cells within their environment under various conditions and following specific experimental manipulations...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Daniel J Merk, Jasmin Ohli, Natalie D Merk, Venu Thatikonda, Sorana Morrissy, Melanie Schoof, Susanne N Schmid, Luke Harrison, Severin Filser, Julia Ahlfeld, Serap Erkek, Kaamini Raithatha, Thomas Andreska, Marc Weißhaar, Michael Launspach, Julia E Neumann, Mehdi Shakarami, Dennis Plenker, Marco A Marra, Yisu Li, Andrew J Mungall, Richard A Moore, Yussanne Ma, Steven J M Jones, Beat Lutz, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Andrea Rossi, Rabea Wagener, Reiner Siebert, Andreas Jung, Charles G Eberhart, Boleslaw Lach, Michael Sendtner, Stefan M Pfister, Michael D Taylor, Lukas Chavez, Marcel Kool, Ulrich Schüller
Recurrent mutations in chromatin modifiers are specifically prevalent in adolescent or adult patients with Sonic hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma (SHH MB). Here, we report that mutations in the acetyltransferase CREBBP have opposing effects during the development of the cerebellum, the primary site of origin of SHH MB. Our data reveal that loss of Crebbp in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors (GNPs) during embryonic development of mice compromises GNP development, in part by downregulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf)...
March 9, 2018: Developmental Cell
Rajiv K Khajuria, Mathias Munschauer, Jacob C Ulirsch, Claudia Fiorini, Leif S Ludwig, Sean K McFarland, Nour J Abdulhay, Harrison Specht, Hasmik Keshishian, D R Mani, Marko Jovanovic, Steven R Ellis, Charles P Fulco, Jesse M Engreitz, Sabina Schütz, John Lian, Karen W Gripp, Olga K Weinberg, Geraldine S Pinkus, Lee Gehrke, Aviv Regev, Eric S Lander, Hanna T Gazda, Winston Y Lee, Vikram G Panse, Steven A Carr, Vijay G Sankaran
Blood cell formation is classically thought to occur through a hierarchical differentiation process, although recent studies have shown that lineage commitment may occur earlier in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs). The relevance to human blood diseases and the underlying regulation of these refined models remain poorly understood. By studying a genetic blood disorder, Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA), where the majority of mutations affect ribosomal proteins and the erythroid lineage is selectively perturbed, we are able to gain mechanistic insight into how lineage commitment is programmed normally and disrupted in disease...
March 9, 2018: Cell
L Chen, W Yue, X Y Xie, X Y Zhang, Y Lyu, D Q Liu, J F Xi, M Y Qu, Z Fan, F Fang, X T Pei
Objective: To observe the effect of poloxamer 188 (P188) on megakaryocyte cultivation and induction from cord blood mononuclear cells in order to obtain more megakaryocyte progenitor cells (MPC). Methods: The cord blood mononuclear cells were isolated and inoculated in cell culture bag or cell culture flask respectively. The WIGGENS shaker and cell culture bags were used to mimick WAVE Bioreactor for three-dimensional (3D) cell culture, and the P188 was added to induction medium, The cells were detected for morphology, surface marker, viability, and number on day 14...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Bin Zhang, Bo Meng, Edward Viloria, Adrien Naveau, Bernhard Ganss, Andrew H Jheon
The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of epithelial signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in mouse incisor amelogenesis. Since Stat3 is expressed in the epithelial component of developing and adult mouse teeth, we generated and analyzed Krt14Cre/+;Stat3fl/fl mutant mice in which Stat3 was inactivated in epithelia including ameloblast progenitors and ameloblasts, the cells responsible for enamel formation. Histological analysis showed little enamel matrix in mutant incisors compared to controls...
March 16, 2018: Cells, Tissues, Organs
M Kotowski, Z Litwinska, P Klos, E Pius-Sadowska, E Zagrodnik-Ulan, P Ustianowski, J Rudnicki, B Machalinski
Umbilical cord blood (UCB), rich in stem/progenitor cells, is partially eliminated from the bloodstream during childbirth because the cord is immediately clamped. We hypothesize that transfusion of autologous UCB to premature infants after delivery could serve as an adjuvant modality for preventing the development of prematurity-related complications. We randomly enrolled 20 preterm infants born before 32 weeks of gestational age (GA), all of whom developed anemia, necessitating transfusion of red blood cells (RBCs)...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
A Ahluwalia, M K Jones, I Brzozowska, A S Tarnawski
Regeneration of blood vessels (neovascularization) is critical for tissue injury healing. The contribution of bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (BMD-EPCs) to neovascularization during tissue injury healing is not fully elucidated and it is not clear whether BMD-EPCs can form new capillary blood vessels independently or jointly with fully differentiated endothelial cells (ECs). The aim of this study was to establish an in vitro model of vasculogenesis/angiogenesis by co-culture of BMD-EPCs and gastric endothelial cells (GECs) on Matrigel, examine direct interactions of these cells; and, identify the mechanisms involved...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Huichen Li, Ye Liang, Xiaofeng Lai, Weidong Wang, Jiang Zhang, Suning Chen
Fbw7 is a type of E3 ubiquitin ligase that targets various proteins for degradation and has been found to have a high expression level in progenitor cells. Deletion of Fbw7 in the intestine results in the accumulation of progenitor cells. Moreover, Fbw7 loss increases the susceptibility of colorectal cancer. However, the involvement of Fbw7 in the progress and development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is still controversial. To identify the function of Fbw7 on dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colonic inflammation, we generated Fbw7ΔG mice, lacking Fbw7 specifically in intestinal epithelium...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sarinthip Preedagasamzin, Tiwaporn Nualkaew, Tanjitti Pongrujikorn, Natini Jinawath, Ryszard Kole, Suthat Fucharoen, Natee Jearawiriyapaisarn, Saovaros Svasti
Repair of a splicing defect of β-globin pre-mRNA harboring hemoglobin E (HbE) mutation was successfully accomplished in erythroid cells from patients with β-thalassemia/HbE disorder by a synthetic splice-switching oligonucleotide (SSO). However, its application is limited by short-term effectiveness and requirement of lifelong periodic administration of SSO, especially for chronic diseases like thalassemias. Here, we engineered lentiviral vectors that stably express U7 small nuclear RNA (U7 snRNA) carrying the splice-switching sequence of the SSO that restores correct splicing of βE -globin pre-mRNA and achieves a long-term therapeutic effect...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Qinghong Zheng, Xiaohong Peng, Hai Yu
BACKGROUND: Apart from the known anesthetic and antiarrhythmic effects, recent studies also highlight the anticancer activities of local anesthetics. In line with the findings, our work shows that ropivacaine, an amide-linked local anesthetic drug, targets chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) via inhibiting PI3K/Akt/mTOR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of ropivacaine in CML cell lines and primary stem or progenitor cells were investigated using apoptosis, proliferation and colony formation assays...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Tobias Boch, Thomas Luft, Georgia Metzgeroth, Maximilian Mossner, Johann-Christoph Jann, Daniel Nowak, Franziska La Meir, Christiane Schumann, Jennifer Klemmer, Susanne Brendel, Harald Fricke, Claudia Kunz, Christel Weiß, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann, Florian Nolte
In low risk MDS, increased apoptosis of erythroid progenitors mediated via CD95 (Fas) activation has been described to result in peripheral cytopenia. Blockade of the CD95 system can improve erythropoiesis in MDS. Asunercept (APG101) is a fusion protein consisting of the extracellular domain of human CD95 and the Fc domain of human IgG1 blocking the interaction between CD95 and its ligand. Here we report on results from a phase I study in 20 transfusion-dependent low and intermediate risk MDS patients treated with intravenous asunercept (EudraCT 2012-003027-37)...
March 10, 2018: Leukemia Research
Alireza Mohammadi, Ali Maleki-Jamshid, Davood Sanooghi, Peiman Brouki Milan, Arash Rahmani, Farshid Sefat, Koorosh Shahpasand, Mansoureh Soleimani, Mehrdad Bakhtiari, Rafie Belali, Faezeh Faghihi, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, George Perry, Masoud Mozafari
A neurological disorder is any disorder or abnormality in the nervous system. Among different neurological disorders, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is recognized as the sixth leading cause of death globally. Considerable research has been conducted to find pioneer treatments for this devastating disorder among which cell therapy has attracted remarkable attentions over the last decade. Up to now, targeted differentiation into specific desirable cell types has remained a major obstacle to clinical application of cell therapy...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Tomomi Yamamoto-Fukuda, Naotaro Akiyama, Masahiro Takahashi, Hiromi Kojima
The basal stem/progenitor cell maintains homeostasis of the epidermis. Progressive disturbance of this homeostasis has been implicated as a possible cause in the pathogenesis of epithelial disease, such as middle ear cholesteatoma. In many cases of stem/progenitor cell regulation, the importance of extracellular signals provided by the surrounding cells is well-recognized. Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) is a mesenchymal-cell-derived paracrine growth factor that specifically participates in skin homeostasis; however, the overexpression of KGF induces middle ear cholesteatoma...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
Karin Kohlstedt, Caroline Trouvain, Timo Frömel, Thomas Mudersbach, Reinhard Henschler, Ingrid Fleming
In addition to being a peptidase, the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) can be phosphorylated and involved in signal transduction. We evaluated the role of ACE in granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-induced hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) mobilization and detected a significant increase in mice-lacking ACE. Transplantation experiments revealed that the loss of ACE in the HPC microenvironment rather than in the HPCs increased mobilization. Indeed, although ACE was expressed by a small population of bone-marrow cells, it was more strongly expressed by endosteal bone...
March 17, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
Stephen Capone, Kwasi M Connor, Anthony Colombo, Xin Li, Tim J Triche, Giridharan Ramsingh
Genomic transposable elements (TEs) constitute majority of the genome. Expression of TEs is known to activate the double-stranded RNA recognition pathway ("viral mimicry") leading to the activation of interferon-stimulated genes, inflammation and immune mediated cell death. We recently showed that the expression of TEs is suppressed along with immune pathways in leukemic stem cells (LSC) in acute myeloid leukemia, suggesting a potential mechanism for immune escape of LSC. This indicated that during oncogenesis, where there is escape from senescence, expression of TEs is suppressed...
March 13, 2018: Experimental Hematology
Anton G Kutikhin, Maxim Yu Sinitsky, Arseniy E Yuzhalin, Elena A Velikanova
The blood flow through vessels produces a tangential, or shear, stress sensed by their innermost layer (i.e., endothelium) and representing a major hemodynamic force. In humans, endothelial repair and blood vessel formation are mainly performed by circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) characterized by a considerable expression of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2), CD34, and CD133, pronounced tube formation activity in vitro, and strong reendothelialization or neovascularization capacity in vivo...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Chelsea U Kidwell, Chen-Ying Su, Masahiko Hibi, Cecilia B Moens
A single Atoh1 basic-helix-loop-helix transcription factor specifies multiple neuron types in the mammalian cerebellum and anterior hindbrain. The zebrafish genome encodes three paralagous atoh1 genes whose functions in cerebellum and anterior hindbrain development we explore here. With use of a transgenic reporter, we report that zebrafish atoh1c-expressing cells are organized in two distinct domains that are separated both by space and developmental time. An early isthmic expression domain gives rise to an extracerebellar population in rhombomere 1 and an upper rhombic lip domain gives rise to granule cell progenitors that migrate to populate all four granule cell territories of the fish cerebellum...
March 13, 2018: Developmental Biology
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