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Eva Jover, Ana Silvente, Francisco Marín, José Martínez-González, Mar Orriols, Carlos M Martinez, Carmen María Puche, Mariano Valdés, Cristina Rodriguez, Diana Hernández-Romero
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) transdifferentiate into osteoblast-like cells during vascular calcification, inducing active remodeling and calcification of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Intracellular and extracellular enzymes, such as lysyl hydroxylase 1 (PLOD1) and lysyl oxidase (LOX), contribute to ECM maturation and stabilization. We assessed the contribution of these enzymes to hyperphosphatemia (HPM)-induced calcification. Human and murine VSMCs were differentiated into functional osteoblast-like cells by HPM conditioning...
March 16, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Eva C Thoma
Direct conversion of one somatic cell type into another represents a promising approach to obtain patient-specific cells for numerous applications. Here, we describe a method allowing the transdifferentiation of human postnatal fibroblasts into functional Schwann cells via a transient progenitor stage. The conversion process is solely based on chemical treatment and does not require the overexpression of ectopic genes. The resulting induced Schwann cells (iSCs) can be characterized by expression of Schwann cell-specific proteins and neuro-supportive and myelination capacity in vitro...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Gabriela Da Silva Xavier
Islets of Langerhans are islands of endocrine cells scattered throughout the pancreas. A number of new studies have pointed to the potential for conversion of non-β islet cells in to insulin-producing β-cells to replenish β-cell mass as a means to treat diabetes. Understanding normal islet cell mass and function is important to help advance such treatment modalities: what should be the target islet/β-cell mass, does islet architecture matter to energy homeostasis, and what may happen if we lose a particular population of islet cells in favour of β-cells? These are all questions to which we will need answers for islet replacement therapy by transdifferentiation of non-β islet cells to be a reality in humans...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Cui Zhang, Liang Li, Yuanda Jiang, Cuicui Wang, Baoming Geng, Yanqiu Wang, Jianling Chen, Fei Liu, Peng Qiu, Guangjie Zhai, Ping Chen, Renfu Quan, Jinfu Wang
Bone formation is linked with osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the bone marrow. Microgravity in spaceflight is known to reduce bone formation. In this study, we used a real microgravity environment of the SJ-10 Recoverable Scientific Satellite to examine the effects of space microgravity on the osteogenic differentiation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). hMSCs were induced toward osteogenic differentiation for 2 and 7 d in a cell culture device mounted on the SJ-10 Satellite...
March 13, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Francis D Gratte, Sara Pasic, John K Olynyk, George C T Yeoh, David Tosh, Deirdre R Coombe, Janina E E Tirnitz-Parker
The rising prevalence of chronic liver disease, coupled with a permanent shortage of organs for liver transplantation, has sparked enormous interest in alternative treatment strategies. Previous protocols to generate hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) via pancreas-to-liver transdifferentiation have utilised fetal bovine serum, introducing unknown variables and severely limiting study reproducibility. Therefore, the main goal of this study was to develop a protocol for transdifferentiation of pancreatic progenitor cells to HLCs in a chemically defined, serum-free culture medium...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Adriana Carino, Michele Biagioli, Silvia Marchianò, Paolo Scarpelli, Angela Zampella, Vittorio Limongelli, Stefano Fiorucci
Liver fibrosis, a major health concern worldwide, results from abnormal collagen deposition by activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in a injured liver. The farnesoid-x-receptor (FXR) is a bile acid sensor that counteracts HSCs transdifferentiation. While targeting FXR holds promise, 6-ethyl-CDCA known as obeticholic acid, the first in class of FXR ligands, causes side effects, partially because the lack of selectivity toward GPBAR1, a putative itching receptor. Here, we describe the 3-deoxy-6-ethyl derivative of CDCA, BAR704, as a highly selective steroidal FXR agonist...
March 9, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Chengjian Zhao, Gustavo A Gomez, Yuwei Zhao, Yu Yang, Dan Cao, Jing Lu, Hanshuo Yang, Shuo Lin
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is characterized by extensive endothelial hyperplasia. Recent studies suggest that a subpopulation of endothelial cells originates via vasculogenesis by the transdifferentiation of GBM tumor cells into endothelial cells (endo-transdifferentiation). The molecular mechanism underlying this process remains poorly defined. Here, we show that the expression of ETS variant 2 (ETV2), a master regulator of endothelial cell development, is highly correlated with malignancy. Functional studies demonstrate that ETV2 is sufficient and necessary for the transdifferentiation of a subpopulation of CD133+/Nestin+ GBM/neural stem cells to an endothelial lineage...
2018: Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy
Michela Lizier, Alessandra Castelli, Cristina Montagna, Franco Lucchini, Paolo Vezzoni, Francesca Faggioli
There is wide agreement that cell fusion is a physiological process in cells in mammalian bone, muscle and placenta. In other organs, such as the cerebellum, cell fusion is controversial. The liver contains a considerable number of polyploid cells: They are commonly believed to originate by genome endoreplication, although the contribution of cell fusion to polyploidization has not been excluded. Here, we address the topic of cell fusion in the liver from a historical point of view. We discuss experimental evidence clearly supporting the hypothesis that cell fusion occurs in the liver, specifically when bone marrow cells were injected into mice and shown to rescue genetic hepatic degenerative defects...
February 27, 2018: World Journal of Hepatology
Roberto De Gregorio, Salvatore Pulcrano, Claudia De Sanctis, Floriana Volpicelli, Ezia Guatteo, Lars von Oerthel, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Roberta Esposito, Rosa Maria Piscitelli, Carla Perrone-Capano, Valerio Costa, Dario Greco, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Marten P Smidt, Umberto di Porzio, Massimiliano Caiazzo, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Meng Li, Gian Carlo Bellenchi
The differentiation of dopaminergic neurons requires concerted action of morphogens and transcription factors acting in a precise and well-defined time window. Very little is known about the potential role of microRNA in these events. By performing a microRNA-mRNA paired microarray screening, we identified miR-34b/c among the most upregulated microRNAs during dopaminergic differentiation. Interestingly, miR-34b/c modulates Wnt1 expression, promotes cell cycle exit, and induces dopaminergic differentiation. When combined with transcription factors ASCL1 and NURR1, miR-34b/c doubled the yield of transdifferentiated fibroblasts into dopaminergic neurons...
March 2, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Brenda de Oliveira da Silva, Luciane Carla Alberici, Letícia Ferreira Ramos, Caio Mateus Silva, Marina Bonfogo da Silveira, Carlos R P Dechant, Scott L Friedman, Kumiko Koibuchi Sakane, Letícia Rocha Gonçalves, Karen C M Moraes
The development of new therapeutic strategies to control or reverse hepatic fibrosis requires thorough knowledge about its molecular and cellular basis. It is known that the heptapeptide angiotensin-(1-7) [ang-(1-7)] can reduce hepatic fibrosis and steatosis in vivo; therefore, it is important to uncover the mechanisms regulating its activity and cellular model of investigation. Ang-(1-7) is a peptide of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), and here we investigated its modulatory effect on the expression pattern of microRNAs (miRNAs) in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) LX-2, which transdifferentiate into fibrogenic and proliferative cells...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Laura Pietrovito, Angela Leo, Valentina Gori, Matteo Lulli, Matteo Parri, Valentina Becherucci, Luisa Piccini, Franco Bambi, Maria Letizia Taddei, Paola Chiarugi
There is growing evidence to suggest that bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are key players in tumor stroma. Here, we investigated the cross-talk between BM-MSCs and osteosarcoma (OS) cells. We revealed a strong tropism of BM-MSCs towards these tumor cells, and identified MCP-1, GRO-α and TGF-β1 as pivotal factors for BM-MSC chemotaxis. Once in contact with OS cells, BM-MSCs transdifferentiate into cancer-associated fibroblasts, further increasing MCP-1, GRO-α, IL-6 and IL-8 levels in the tumor microenvironment...
March 8, 2018: Molecular Oncology
Lin Zhang, Changfu Hao, Sanqiao Yao, Rong Tang, Wei Guo, Hongbin Cong, Jiangfeng Li, Lei Bao, Di Wang, Yiping Li, Xinghao Yu, Shuyin Duan, Wu Yao
Inhaling a dangerous amount of nanoparticles leads to pulmonary inflammatory and immune disorders, which integrates several kinds of cells. Exosomes are suggested to play a crucial role in intercellular communication via miRNA transmission. To investigate the role of exosomal miRNA in nanoparticle phagocytosis, a total of 54 pneumoconiosis patients along with 100 healthy controls are recruited, exosomes derived from their venous blood are collected, and then exosomal miRNAs are profiled with high-throughput sequencing technology...
March 8, 2018: Small
Wen-Wei Luo, Xin-Wei Wang, Rui Ma, Fang-Lu Chi, Ping Chen, Ning Cong, Yu-Yan Gu, Dong-Dong Ren, Juan-Mei Yang
Notch inhibition is known to generate supernumerary hair cells (HCs) at the expense of supporting cells (SCs) in the mammalian inner ear. However, inhibition of Notch activity becomes progressively less effective at inducing SC-to-HC conversion in the postnatal cochlea and balance organs as the animal ages. It has been suggested that the SC-to-HC conversion capacity is inversely correlated with E-cadherin accumulation in postnatal mammalian utricles. However, whether E-cadherin localization is linked to the SC-to-HC conversion capacity in the mammalian inner ear is poorly understood...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Andrew L Durham, Mei Y Speer, Marta Scatena, Cecilia M Giachelli, Catherine M Shanahan
Vascular calcification is associated with a significant increase in all-cause mortality and atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Calcification has been determined to be an active process driven in part by vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) transdifferentiation within the vascular wall. Historically, VSMC phenotype switching has been viewed as binary, with the cells able to adopt a physiological contractile phenotype or an alternate 'synthetic' phenotype in response to injury. More recent work, including lineage tracing has however revealed that VSMCs are able to adopt a number of phenotypes, including calcific (osteogenic, chondrocytic, and osteoclastic), adipogenic, and macrophagic phenotypes...
March 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Luzzi Sabino, Crovace Alberto Maria, Lacitignola Luca, Valentini Valerio, Francioso Edda, Rossi Giacomo, Invernici Gloria, Galzio Renato Juan, Crovace Antonio
Background: Proof of the efficacy and safety of a xenogeneic mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) transplant for spinal cord injury (SCI) may theoretically widen the spectrum of possible grafts for neuroregeneration. Methods: Twenty rats were submitted to complete spinal cord transection. Ovine bone marrow MSCs, retrovirally transfected with red fluorescent protein and not previously induced for neuroglial differentiation, were applied in 10 study rats (MSCG). Fibrin glue was injected in 10 control rats (FGG)...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Juan R Muñoz-Castañeda, María V Pendón-Ruiz de Mier, Mariano Rodríguez, María E Rodríguez-Ortiz
Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease exhibit an increase in cardiovascular mortality. Recent works have shown that low levels of magnesium are associated with increased cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in hemodialysis patients. Epidemiological studies suggest an influence of low levels of magnesium on the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, which is also observed in the normal population. Magnesium is involved in critical cellular events such as apoptosis and oxidative stress. It also participates in a number of enzymatic reactions...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Shahrouz Ghafoory, Rohan Varshney, Tyler Robison, Karim Kouzbari, Sean Woolington, Brennah Murphy, Lijun Xia, Jasimuddin Ahamed
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) signaling in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) plays a primary role in liver fibrosis, but the source of TGF-β1 is unclear. Because platelets are rich in TGF-β1, we examined the role of platelet TGF-β1 in liver fibrosis by challenging wild-type (WT) mice and mice deficient in platelet TGF-β1 ( PF4CreTgfb1 f/f ) with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ), an inducer of acute hepatic injury and chronic fibrosis. CCl4 elicited equivalent hepatic injury in WT and PF4CreTgfb1 f/f mice based on loss of cytochrome P450 ( Cyp2e1 ) expression, observed at 6 hours and peaking at 3 days after CCl4 challenge; PF4CreTgfb1 f/f mice exhibited less liver fibrosis than control mice...
March 13, 2018: Blood Advances
Xinpei Ci, Jun Hao, Xin Dong, Stephen Y C Choi, Hui Xue, Rebecca Wu, Sifeng Qu, Peter W Gout, Fang Zhang, Anne M Haegert, Ladan Fazil, Francesco Crea, Christopher J Ong, Amina Zoubedi, Housheng H He, Martin E Gleave, Colin C Collins, Dong Lin, Yuzhuo Wang
Neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC) is a lethal subtype of prostate cancer (PCa) arising mostly from adenocarcinoma via NE transdifferentiation following androgen deprivation therapy. Mechanisms contributing to both NEPC development and its aggressiveness remain elusive. In light of the fact that hyperchromatic nuclei are a distinguishing histopathological feature of NEPC, we utilized transcriptomic analyses of our patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models, multiple clinical cohorts, and genetically engineered mouse models to identify 36 heterochromatin-related genes that are significantly enriched in NEPC...
February 27, 2018: Cancer Research
Aleksandra Leszczynska, J Mary Murphy
Vascular calcification (VC) has witnessed a surge of interest. Vasculature is virtually an omnipresent organ and has a notably high capacity for repair throughout embryonic and adult life. Of the vascular diseases, atherosclerosis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality on account of ectopic cartilage and bone formation. Despite the identification of a number of risk factors, all the current theories explaining pathogenesis of VC in atherosclerosis are far from complete. The most widely accepted response to injury theory and smooth muscle transdifferentiation to explain the VC observed in atherosclerosis is being challenged...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Shannon E Rose, Harald Frankowski, Allison Knupp, Bonnie J Berry, Refugio Martinez, Stephanie Q Dinh, Lauren T Bruner, Sherry L Willis, Paul K Crane, Eric B Larson, Thomas Grabowski, Martin Darvas, C Dirk Keene, Jessica E Young
Patient-specific stem cell technology from skin and other biopsy sources has transformed in vitro models of neurodegenerative disease, permitting interrogation of the effects of complex human genetics on neurotoxicity. However, the neuropathologic changes that underlie cognitive and behavioral phenotypes can only be determined at autopsy. To better correlate the biology of derived neurons with age-related and neurodegenerative changes, we generated leptomeningeal cell lines from well-characterized research subjects that have undergone comprehensive postmortem neuropathologic examinations...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
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