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Fragile X and stem cell

Maria Sundberg, Ivan Tochitsky, David E Buchholz, Kellen Winden, Ville Kujala, Kush Kapur, Deniz Cataltepe, Daria Turner, Min-Joon Han, Clifford J Woolf, Mary E Hatten, Mustafa Sahin
Accumulating evidence suggests that cerebellar dysfunction early in life is associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but the molecular mechanisms underlying the cerebellar deficits at the cellular level are unclear. Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurocutaneous disorder that often presents with ASD. Here, we developed a cerebellar Purkinje cell (PC) model of TSC with patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to characterize the molecular mechanisms underlying cerebellar abnormalities in ASD and TSC...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
En-Hui Li, Xin Zhao, Ce Zhang, Wei Liu
Fragile X syndrome is one of the most common forms of inherited intellectual disability. It is caused by mutations of the Fragile X mental retardation 1(FMR1) gene, resulting in either the loss or abnormal expression of the Fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). Recent research showed that FMRP participates in non-coding RNA pathways and plays various important roles in physiology, thereby extending our knowledge of the pathogenesis of the Fragile X syndrome. Initial studies showed that the Drosophila FMRP participates in siRNA and miRNA pathways by interacting with Dicer, Ago1 and Ago2, involved in neural activity and the fate determination of the germline stem cells...
February 20, 2018: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
Xie Yuhuan, Xie Yingjun, Xue Yanting, Chen Yuchang, Song Bing, Li Shaoying, Li Haoxian, Xian Yexing, Ouyang Shuming, Xiong Zeyu, Sun Xiaofang
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked disease caused by mutations in the DMD gene, which spans ~2.4Mb of genomic sequence at locus Xp21. This mutation results in the loss of the protein dystrophin. DMD patients die in their second or third decade due to either respiratory failure or cardiomyopathy, as the absence of dystrophin leads to myofiber membrane fragility and necrosis, eventually resulting in muscle atrophy and contractures. Currently, there is no effective treatment for DMD, therefore induced pluripotent stem cells from DMD patients would be a powerful tool for studying disease mechanisms...
January 31, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Venkat Swaroop Achuta, Tommi Möykkynen, Ulla-Kaisa Peteri, Giorgio Turconi, Claudio Rivera, Kari Keinänen, Maija L Castrén
Altered neuronal network formation and function involving dysregulated excitatory and inhibitory circuits are associated with fragile X syndrome (FXS). We examined functional maturation of the excitatory transmission system in FXS by investigating the response of FXS patient-derived neural progenitor cells to the glutamate analog (AMPA). Neural progenitors derived from induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines generated from boys with FXS had augmented intracellular Ca2+ responses to AMPA and kainate that were mediated by Ca2+-permeable AMPA receptors (CP-AMPARs) lacking the GluA2 subunit...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
Yoko Arai, Elena Taverna
Neurons populating the cerebral cortex are generated during embryonic development from neural stem and progenitor cells in a process called neurogenesis. Neural stem and progenitor cells are classified into several classes based on the different location of mitosis (apical or basal) and polarity features (bipolar, monopolar and non-polar). The polarized architecture of stem cells is linked to the asymmetric localization of proteins, mRNAs and organelles, such as the centrosome and the Golgi apparatus (GA). Polarity affects stem cell function and allows stem cells to integrate environmental cues from distinct niches in the developing cerebral cortex...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Arthur Luhur, Kasun Buddika, Ishara Surangi Ariyapala, Shengyao Chen, Nicholas Samuel Sokol
Although the intrinsic mechanisms that control whether stem cells divide symmetrically or asymmetrically underlie tissue growth and homeostasis, they remain poorly defined. We report that the RNA-binding protein fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) limits the symmetric division, and resulting expansion, of the stem cell population during adaptive intestinal growth in Drosophila. The elevated insulin sensitivity that FMRP-deficient progenitor cells display contributes to their accelerated expansion, which is suppressed by the depletion of insulin-signaling components...
December 5, 2017: Cell Reports
Katrin Linda, Carol Fiuza, Nael Nadif Kasri
A major challenge in clinical genetics and medicine is represented by genetically and phenotypically highly diverse neurodevelopmental disorders, like for example intellectual disability and autism. Intellectual disability is characterized by substantial limitations in cognitive function and adaptive behaviour. At the cellular level, this is reflected by deficits in synaptic structure and plasticity and therefore has been coined as a synaptic disorder or "synaptopathy". In this review, we summarize the findings from recent studies in which iPSCs have been used to model specific neurodevelopmental syndromes, including Fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, Williams-Beuren syndrome and Phelan-McDermid syndrome...
November 8, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Nuwan C Hettige, Karla Manzano-Vargas, Malvin Jefri, Carl Ernst
Some intellectual disability (ID) syndromes are caused by a mutation in a single gene and have been the focus of therapeutic intervention attempts such as Fragile X and Rett Syndrome, albeit with limited success. The rate at which new drugs are discovered and tested in humans for ID is progressing at a relatively slow pace, and this is particularly true for rare diseases where so few patients make high-quality clinical trials challenging. We discuss how new advances in human stem cell reprogramming and gene editing can facilitate preclinical study design and propose new workflows for how the preclinical to clinical trajectory might proceed given the small number of subjects available in rare monogenic ID syndromes...
October 6, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Ryo Fujita, Victoria Zismanov, Jean-Marie Jacob, Solène Jamet, Krum Asiev, Colin Crist
BACKGROUND: Regeneration of adult tissues relies on adult stem cells that are primed to enter a differentiation program, while typically remaining quiescent. In mouse skeletal muscle, these features are reconciled by multiple translational control mechanisms that ensure primed muscle stem cells (MuSCs) are not activated. In quiescent MuSCs, this concept is illustrated by reversible microRNA silencing of Myf5 translation, mediated by microRNA-31 and fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP)...
September 7, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
Meng Zhang, Dong Chen, Jing Xia, Wenqi Han, Xiekui Cui, Nils Neuenkirchen, Gretchen Hermes, Nenad Sestan, Haifan Lin
Despite extensive studies on mammalian neurogenesis, its post-transcriptional regulation remains under-explored. Here we report that neural-specific inactivation of two murine post-transcriptional regulators, Pumilio 1 (Pum1) and Pum2, severely reduced the number of neural stem cells (NSCs) in the postnatal dentate gyrus (DG), drastically increased perinatal apoptosis, altered DG cell composition, and impaired learning and memory. Consistently, the mutant DG neurospheres generated fewer NSCs with defects in proliferation, survival, and differentiation, supporting a major role of Pum1 and Pum2 in hippocampal neurogenesis and function...
August 9, 2017: Genes & Development
Deivaseeno Dorairaj, Mohd Razi Ismail
Lodging is a phenomenon that affects most of the cereal crops including rice, Oryza sativa. This is due to the fragile nature of herbaceous plants whose stems are non-woody, thus affecting its ability to grow upright. Silicon (Si), a beneficial nutrient is often used to toughen and protect plants from biotic and abiotic stresses. Deposition of Si in plant tissues enhances the rigidity and stiffness of the plant as a whole. Silicified cells provide the much needed strength to the culm to resist breaking. Lignin plays important roles in cell wall structural integrity, stem strength, transport, mechanical support, and plant pathogen defense...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Dao Tang, Cuiling Ju, Yanjie Liu, Fei Xu, Zhengguang Wang, Dongbo Wang
Osteoporosis is characterized by skeletal fragility and microarchitectural deterioration. The side effects of drugs to treat osteoporosis will negatively affect the health of patients. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of icariin combined with adipose-derived stem cells on osteoporosis in a postmenopausal osteoporosis model after ovariectomy in rats. After ovariectomy the rats were treated with icariin combined with adipose-derived stem cell transplantation. The levels of alkaline phosphatase, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, osteoprotegerin, and bone γ-carboxyglutamate protein in serum were determined by ELISA...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
Junli Yue, Puyu Wang, Qingchun Hong, Qian Liao, Li Yan, Weizhe Xu, Xi Chen, Qinghua Zheng, Lan Zhang, Dingming Huang
INTRODUCTION: MicroRNA-335-5p has been reported to regulate osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiations of mesenchymal stem cells. The aim of this study was to explore the function and regulation mechanism of miR-335-5p in apical periodontitis (AP). METHODS: Total RNAs were extracted from human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (HPDLFs), 10 AP tissues, and 6 healthy periodontal ligament tissues using lysis buffer. Gene expression was detected using real-time polymerase chain reaction...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
Renzo J M Riemens, Edilene S Soares, Manel Esteller, Raul Delgado-Morales
Despite the enormous efforts of the scientific community over the years, effective therapeutics for many (epi)genetic brain disorders remain unidentified. The common and persistent failures to translate preclinical findings into clinical success are partially attributed to the limited efficiency of current disease models. Although animal and cellular models have substantially improved our knowledge of the pathological processes involved in these disorders, human brain research has generally been hampered by a lack of satisfactory humanized model systems...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Winston X Yan, Reza Mirzazadeh, Silvano Garnerone, David Scott, Martin W Schneider, Tomasz Kallas, Joaquin Custodio, Erik Wernersson, Yinqing Li, Linyi Gao, Yana Federova, Bernd Zetsche, Feng Zhang, Magda Bienko, Nicola Crosetto
Precisely measuring the location and frequency of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) along the genome is instrumental to understanding genomic fragility, but current methods are limited in versatility, sensitivity or practicality. Here we present Breaks Labeling In Situ and Sequencing (BLISS), featuring the following: (1) direct labelling of DSBs in fixed cells or tissue sections on a solid surface; (2) low-input requirement by linear amplification of tagged DSBs by in vitro transcription; (3) quantification of DSBs through unique molecular identifiers; and (4) easy scalability and multiplexing...
May 12, 2017: Nature Communications
Mary Sourial, Laurie C Doering
The regulation of neural precursor cells (NPCs) is indispensable for a properly functioning brain. Abnormalities in NPC proliferation, differentiation, survival, or integration have been linked to various neurological diseases including Fragile X syndrome. Yet, no studies have examined NPCs from the early postnatal Fragile X mouse hippocampus despite the importance of this developmental time point, which marks the highest expression level of FMRP, the protein missing in Fragile X, in the rodent hippocampus and is when hippocampal NPCs have migrated to the dentate gyrus (DG) to give rise to lifelong neurogenesis...
July 1, 2017: Brain Research
Cara J Westmark
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2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Natalie E Patzlaff, Kelsey M Nemec, Sydney G Malone, Yue Li, Xinyu Zhao
Fragile X related protein 1 (FXR1P) is a member of the fragile X family of RNA-binding proteins, which includes FMRP and FXR2P. Both FMRP and FXR2P regulate neurogenesis, a process affected in a number of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including fragile X syndrome. Although FXR1P has been implicated in various developmental processes and neuropsychiatric diseases, its role in neurodevelopment is not well understood. The goal of the present study was to elucidate the function of FXR1P in adult neurogenesis...
April 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Barbara Bardoni, Maria Capovilla, Enzo Lalli
FMRP is an RNA-binding protein involved in synaptic translation. Its absence causes a form of intellectual disability, the Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Small neuroanatomical abnormalities, present both in human and mouse FMRP-deficient brains, suggest a subtle critical role of this protein in neurogenesis. Stable depletion of FMRP has been obtained in a mouse embryonic stem cell line Fmr1 (shFmr1 ES) that does not display morphological alterations, but an abnormal expression of a subset of genes mainly involved in neuronal differentiation and maturation...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
Anna Teti, Michael J Econs
Osteopetroses are a heterogeneous group of rare genetic bone diseases sharing the common hallmarks of reduced osteoclast activity, increased bone mass and high bone fragility. Osteoclasts are bone resorbing cells that contribute to bone growth and renewal through the erosion of the mineralized matrix. Alongside the bone forming activity by osteoblasts, osteoclasts allow the skeleton to grow harmonically and maintain a healthy balance between bone resorption and formation. Osteoclast impairment in osteopetroses prevents bone renewal and deteriorates bone quality, causing atraumatic fractures...
September 2017: Bone
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