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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346404/chemical-screening-identifies-atm-as-a-target-for-alleviating-senescence
#1
Hyun Tae Kang, Joon Tae Park, Kobong Choi, Yongsub Kim, Hyo Jei Claudia Choi, Chul Won Jung, Young-Sam Lee, Sang Chul Park
Senescence, defined as irreversible cell-cycle arrest, is the main driving force of aging and age-related diseases. Here, we performed high-throughput screening to identify compounds that alleviate senescence and identified the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) inhibitor KU-60019 as an effective agent. To elucidate the mechanism underlying ATM's role in senescence, we performed a yeast two-hybrid screen and found that ATM interacted with the vacuolar ATPase V1 subunits ATP6V1E1 and ATP6V1G1. Specifically, ATM decreased E-G dimerization through direct phosphorylation of ATP6V1G1...
March 27, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344001/inducible-and-deterministic-forward-programming-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-neurons-skeletal-myocytes-and-oligodendrocytes
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Matthias Pawlowski, Daniel Ortmann, Alessandro Bertero, Joana M Tavares, Roger A Pedersen, Ludovic Vallier, Mark R N Kotter
The isolation or in vitro derivation of many human cell types remains challenging and inefficient. Direct conversion of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) by forced expression of transcription factors provides a potential alternative. However, deficient inducible gene expression in hPSCs has compromised efficiencies of forward programming approaches. We have systematically optimized inducible gene expression in hPSCs using a dual genomic safe harbor gene-targeting strategy. This approach provides a powerful platform for the generation of human cell types by forward programming...
March 13, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342985/mast-cells-are-directly-activated-by-contact-with-cancer-cells-by-a-mechanism-involving-autocrine-formation-of-adenosine-and-autocrine-paracrine-signaling-of-the-adenosine-a3-receptor
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Yaara Gorzalczany, Eyal Akiva, Ofir Klein, Ofer Merimsky, Ronit Sagi-Eisenberg
Mast cells (MCs) constitute an important part of the tumor microenvironment (TME). However, their underlying mechanisms of activation within the TME remain poorly understood. Here we show that recapitulating cell-to-cell contact interactions by exposing MCs to membranes derived from a number of cancer cell types, results in MC activation, evident by the increased phosphorylation of the ERK1/2 MAP kinases and Akt, in a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase dependent fashion. Activation is unidirectional since MC derived membranes do not activate cancer cells...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338772/chemical-strategies-for-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-differentiation-reprogramming-and-regeneration
#4
Xiaojie Ma, Saiyong Zhu
Generation of unlimited functional pancreatic β cells is critical for the study of pancreatic biology and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Recent advances have suggested several promising directions, including directed differentiation of pancreatic β cells from pluripotent stem cells, reprogramming of pancreatic β cells from other types of somatic cells, and stimulated proliferation and enhanced functions of existing pancreatic β cells. Small molecules are useful in generating unlimited numbers of functional pancreatic cells in vitro and could be further developed as drugs to stimulate endogenous pancreatic regeneration...
February 22, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329681/sirt6-promotes-dna-end-joining-in-ipscs-derived-from-old-mice
#5
Wen Chen, Nana Liu, Hongxia Zhang, Haiping Zhang, Jing Qiao, Wenwen Jia, Songcheng Zhu, Zhiyong Mao, Jiuhong Kang
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have great potential for treating age-related diseases, but the genome integrity of iPSCs is critically important. Here, we demonstrate that non-homologous end joining (NHEJ), rather than homologous recombination (HR), is less efficient in iPSCs from old mice than young mice. We further find that Sirt6 is downregulated in iPSCs from old mice. Sirt6 directly binds to Ku80 and facilitates the Ku80/DNA-PKcs interaction, thus promoting DNA-PKcs phosphorylation at residue S2056, leading to efficient NHEJ...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328977/jmjd3-aids-in-reprogramming-of-bone-marrow-progenitor-cells-to-hepatic-phenotype-through-epigenetic-activation-of-hepatic-transcription-factors
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Veena Kochat, Zaffar Equbal, Prakash Baligar, Vikash Kumar, Madhulika Srivastava, Asok Mukhopadhyay
The strictly regulated unidirectional differentiation program in some somatic stem/progenitor cells has been found to be modified in the ectopic site (tissue) undergoing regeneration. In these cases, the lineage barrier is crossed by either heterotypic cell fusion or direct differentiation. Though studies have shown the role of coordinated genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in cellular development and differentiation, how the lineage fate of adult bone marrow progenitor cells (BMPCs) is reprogrammed during liver regeneration and whether this lineage switch is stably maintained are not clearly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327614/partial-reprogramming-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-into-neurons
#7
Wenpo Chuang, Arun Sharma, Praveen Shukla, Guang Li, Moritz Mall, Kuppusamy Rajarajan, Oscar J Abilez, Ryoko Hamaguchi, Joseph C Wu, Marius Wernig, Sean M Wu
Direct reprogramming of somatic cells has been demonstrated, however, it is unknown whether electrophysiologically-active somatic cells derived from separate germ layers can be interconverted. We demonstrate that partial direct reprogramming of mesoderm-derived cardiomyocytes into neurons is feasible, generating cells exhibiting structural and electrophysiological properties of both cardiomyocytes and neurons. Human and mouse pluripotent stem cell-derived CMs (PSC-CMs) were transduced with the neurogenic transcription factors Brn2, Ascl1, Myt1l and NeuroD...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326098/nuclear-actin-in-development-and-transcriptional-reprogramming
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REVIEW
Shinji Misu, Marina Takebayashi, Kei Miyamoto
Actin is a highly abundant protein in eukaryotic cells and dynamically changes its polymerized states with the help of actin-binding proteins. Its critical function as a constituent of cytoskeleton has been well-documented. Growing evidence demonstrates that actin is also present in nuclei, referred to as nuclear actin, and is involved in a number of nuclear processes, including transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodeling. The contribution of nuclear actin to transcriptional regulation can be explained by its direct interaction with transcription machineries and chromatin remodeling factors and by controlling the activities of transcription factors...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325773/cue-domain-containing-protein-2-promotes-the-warburg-effect-and-tumorigenesis
#9
Xiuying Zhong, Shengya Tian, Xiang Zhang, Xinwei Diao, Fangting Dong, Jie Yang, Zhaoyong Li, Linchong Sun, Lin Wang, Xiaoping He, Gongwei Wu, Xin Hu, Lihua Wang, Libing Song, Huafeng Zhang, Xin Pan, Ailing Li, Ping Gao
Cancer progression depends on cellular metabolic reprogramming as both direct and indirect consequence of oncogenic lesions; however, the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. Here, we report that CUEDC2 (CUE domain-containing protein 2) plays a vital role in facilitating aerobic glycolysis, or Warburg effect, in cancer cells. Mechanistically, we show that CUEDC2 upregulates the two key glycolytic proteins GLUT3 and LDHA via interacting with the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) or 14-3-3ζ, respectively...
March 21, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321489/microrna-regulation-and-analytical-methods-in-cancer-cell-metabolism
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REVIEW
Ling-Fei Zhang, Shuai Jiang, Mo-Fang Liu
The reprogramming of glucose metabolism from oxidative to glycolytic metabolism, known as the Warburg effect, is an anomalous characteristic of cancer cell metabolism. Recent studies have revealed a subset of microRNAs (miRNAs) that play critical roles in regulating the reprogramming of glucose metabolism in cancer cells. These miRNAs regulate cellular glucose metabolism by directly targeting multiple metabolic genes, including those encoding key glycolytic enzymes. In the first part of this review, we summarized the recent knowledge of miRNA regulation in the reprogramming of glucose metabolism in cancer cells and discussed the potential utilization of the key miRNA regulators as metabolic targets for developing new antitumor agents...
March 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321434/transient-creb-mediated-transcription-is-key-in-direct-neuronal-reprogramming
#11
Sergio Gascón, Felipe Ortega, Magdalena Götz
Combinations of neuronal determinants and/or small-molecules such as Forskolin (Fk) can be used to convert different cell types into neurons. As Fk is known to activate cAMP-dependent pathways including CREB-activity, we aimed here to determine the role of CREB in reprogramming - including its temporal profile. We show that transient expression of the dominant-positive CREB-VP16 followed by its inactivation mediated by the dominant-negative ICER improves neuronal conversion of astrocytes mediated by the neurogenic determinant Ascl1...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317850/maternally-expressed-nlrp2-links-the-subcortical-maternal-complex-scmc-to-fertility-embryogenesis-and-epigenetic-reprogramming
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Sangeetha Mahadevan, Varsha Sathappan, Budi Utama, Isabel Lorenzo, Khalied Kaskar, Ignatia B Van den Veyver
Mammalian parental genomes contribute differently to early embryonic development. Before activation of the zygotic genome, the maternal genome provides all transcripts and proteins required for the transition from a highly specialized oocyte to a pluripotent embryo. Depletion of these maternally-encoded transcripts frequently results in failure of preimplantation embryonic development, but their functions in this process are incompletely understood. We found that female mice lacking NLRP2 are subfertile because of early embryonic loss and the production of fewer offspring that have a wide array of developmental phenotypes and abnormal DNA methylation at imprinted loci...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315121/untangling-the-biology-of-genetic-cardiomyopathies-with-pluripotent-stem-cell-disease-models
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REVIEW
Jan W Buikema, Sean M Wu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recently, the discovery of strategies to reprogram somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has led to a major paradigm change in developmental and stem cell biology. The application of iPS cells and their cardiac progeny has opened novel directions to study cardiomyopathies at a cellular and molecular level. This review discusses approaches currently undertaken to unravel known inherited cardiomyopathies in a dish. RECENT FINDINGS: With improved efficiency for mutation correction by genome editing, human iPS cells have now provided a platform to untangle the biology of cardiomyopathies...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314201/inhibition-of-mirna-212-132-improves-the-reprogramming-of-fibroblasts-into-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-by-de-repressing-important-epigenetic-remodelling-factors
#14
Nils Pfaff, Steffi Liebhaber, Selina Möbus, Abbas Beh-Pajooh, Jan Fiedler, Angelika Pfanne, Axel Schambach, Thomas Thum, Tobias Cantz, Thomas Moritz
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) repeatedly have been demonstrated to play important roles in the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). To further elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying transcription factor-mediated reprogramming we have established a model, which allows for the efficient screening of whole libraries of miRNAs modulating the generation of iPSCs from murine embryonic fibroblasts. Applying this model, we identified 14 miRNAs effectively inhibiting iPSC generation, including miR-132 and miR-212...
March 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303788/dynamics-and-robustness-of-the-cardiac-progenitor-cell-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-network-during-cell-phenotypes-transition
#15
Yuangen Yao, Chengzhang Ma, Haiyou Deng, Quan Liu, Wei Cao, Rong Gui, Tianquan Feng, Ming Yi
Robustness is a fundamental characteristic of biological systems since all living systems need to adapt to internal or external perturbations, unpredictable environments, stochastic events and unreliable components, and so on. A long-term challenge in systems biology is to reveal the origin of robustness underlying molecular regulator network. In this study, a simple Boolean model is used to investigate the global dynamic properties and robustness of cardiac progenitor cell (CPC) induced pluripotent stem cell network that governs reprogramming and directed differentiation process...
February 2017: IET Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303153/de-novo-human-cardiac-myocytes-for-medical-research-promises-and-challenges
#16
REVIEW
Veronique Hamel, Kang Cheng, Shudan Liao, Aizhu Lu, Yong Zheng, Yawen Chen, Yucai Xie, Wenbin Liang
The advent of cellular reprogramming technology has revolutionized biomedical research. De novo human cardiac myocytes can now be obtained from direct reprogramming of somatic cells (such as fibroblasts), from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs, which are reprogrammed from somatic cells), and from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). Such de novo human cardiac myocytes hold great promise for in vitro disease modeling and drug screening and in vivo cell therapy of heart disease. Here, we review the technique advancements for generating de novo human cardiac myocytes...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300833/pi3k-akt-mediated-upregulation-of-wdr5-promotes-colorectal-cancer-metastasis-by-directly-targeting-znf407
#17
Xin Tan, Shuai Chen, Jiangxue Wu, Jiaxin Lin, Changchuan Pan, Xiaofang Ying, Zhizhong Pan, Lin Qiu, Ranyi Liu, Rong Geng, Wenlin Huang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cause of cancer deaths, and has a high rate of liver and lung metastasis. Unfortunately, distant metastasis is the main barrier for advanced CRC therapy and leads to a very low survival rate. In this study, we identified WDR5, a vital factor that regulates vertebrate development and cell self-renewal and reprogramming, as a novel prognostic marker and therapeutic target for CRC patients. We demonstrate that WDR5 is upregulated in CRC tissues and promotes CRC metastasis both in vitro and in vivo...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299282/extracellular-proton-concentrations-impacts-ln229-glioblastoma-tumor-cell-fate-via-differential-modulation-of-surface-lipids
#18
Sebastian John, K C Sivakumar, Rashmi Mishra
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly aggressive form of brain cancer with marginal survival rates. GBM extracellular acidosis can profoundly impact its cell fate heterogeneities and progression. However, the molecules and mechanisms that enable GBM tumor cells acid adaptation and consequent cell fate competencies are weakly understood. Since extracellular proton concentrations (pHe) directly intercept the tumor cell plasma membrane, surface lipids must play a crucial role in pHe-dependent tumor cell fate dynamics...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295042/generation-of-non-viral-transgene-free-hepatocyte-like-cells-with-piggybac-transposon
#19
Hokahiro Katayama, Kentaro Yasuchika, Yuya Miyauchi, Hidenobu Kojima, Ryoya Yamaoka, Takayuki Kawai, Elena Yukie Yoshitoshi, Satoshi Ogiso, Sadahiko Kita, Katsutaro Yasuda, Naoya Sasaki, Ken Fukumitsu, Junji Komori, Takamichi Ishii, Shinji Uemoto
Somatic cells can be reprogrammed to induced hepatocyte-like cells (iHeps) by overexpressing certain defined factors in direct reprogramming techniques. Of the various methods to deliver genes into cells, typically used genome-integrating viral vectors are associated with integration-related adverse events such as mutagenesis, whereas non-integrating viral vectors have low efficiency, making viral vectors unsuitable for clinical application. Therefore, we focused on developing a transposon system to establish a non-viral reprogramming method...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282903/application-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-technology-to-the-study-of-hematological-diseases
#20
REVIEW
Mailin Li, Pasquale Cascino, Simone Ummarino, Annalisa Di Ruscio
The burst of reprogramming technology in recent years has revolutionized the field of stem cell biology, offering new opportunities for personalized, regenerative therapies. The direct reprogramming of somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has provided an invaluable tool to study and model a wide range of human diseases. Here, we review the transforming potential of such a strategy in research and in therapies applicable to the hematology field.
March 8, 2017: Cells
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