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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439560/direct-4d-printing-via-active-composite-materials
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Zhen Ding, Chao Yuan, Xirui Peng, Tiejun Wang, H Jerry Qi, Martin L Dunn
We describe an approach to print composite polymers in high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) architectures that can be rapidly transformed to a new permanent configuration directly by heating. The permanent shape of a component results from the programmed time evolution of the printed shape upon heating via the design of the architecture and process parameters of a composite consisting of a glassy shape memory polymer and an elastomer that is programmed with a built-in compressive strain during photopolymerization...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430167/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-modeling-of-gaucher-s-disease-what-have-we-learned
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REVIEW
Dino Matias Santos, Gustavo Tiscornia
Gaucher's disease (GD) is the most frequently inherited lysosomal storage disease, presenting both visceral and neurologic symptoms. Mutations in acid β-glucocerebrosidase disrupt the sphingolipid catabolic pathway promoting glucosylceramide (GlcCer) accumulation in lysosomes. Current treatment options are enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) and substrate reduction therapy (SRT). However, neither of these approaches is effective in treating the neurological aspect of the disease. The use of small pharmacological compounds that act as molecular chaperones is a promising approach that is still experimental...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427897/boosters-and-barriers-for-direct-cardiac-reprogramming
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REVIEW
Mahmood Talkhabi, Elmira Rezaei Zonooz, Hossein Baharvand
Heart disease is currently the most significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, which accounts for approximately 33% of all deaths. Recently, a promising and alchemy-like strategy has been developed called direct cardiac reprogramming, which directly converts somatic cells such as fibroblasts to cardiac lineage cells such as cardiomyocytes (CMs), termed induced CMs or iCMs. The first in vitro cardiac reprogramming study, mediated by cardiac transcription factors (TFs)-Gata4, Tbx5 and Mef2C-, was not enough efficient to produce an adequate number of fully reprogrammed, functional iCMs...
April 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426026/generation-of-multipotent-induced-cardiac-progenitor-cells-from-mouse-fibroblasts-and-potency-testing-in-ex-vivo-mouse-embryos
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Pratik A Lalit, Adriana M Rodriguez, Karen M Downs, Timothy J Kamp
Here we describe a protocol to generate expandable and multipotent induced cardiac progenitor cells (iCPCs) from mouse adult fibroblasts using forced expression of Mesp1, Tbx5, Gata4, Nkx2.5 and Baf60c (MTGNB) along with activation of Wnt and JAK/STAT signaling. This method does not use iPS cell factors and thus differs from cell activation and signaling-directed (CASD) reprogramming to cardiac progenitors. Our method is specific to direct CPC reprogramming, whereas CASD reprogramming can generate various cell types depending on culture conditions and raises the possibility of transitioning through a pluripotent cell state...
May 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419191/ppar%C3%AE-promotes-tumor-progression-via-activation-of-glut1-and-slc1-a5-transcription
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Wenbo Zhang, Ying Xu, QingGang Xu, Haifeng Shi, Juanjuan Shi, Yongzhong Hou
Malignant cancer cell uncontrolled growth depends on the persistent nutrient availability such as glucose and amino acids, which is required for cancer cell energetic and biosynthetic pathways. As a nuclear hormone receptor, peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor δ (PPARδ) plays a critical role in inflammation and cancer, however, it is still unclear the regulatory mechanism of PPARδ on cancer cell metabolism. Here we found that PPARδ directly regulated neutral amino acid transporter SLC1-A5 (solutecarrier family 1 member 5) and glucose transporter-1(Glut1) gene transcription, leading to uptake of glucose and amino acid, activation of mTOR signaling, and tumor progression...
April 13, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417059/susceptibility-of-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-oscc-h103-and-h376-cell-lines-to-retroviral-oskm-mediated-reprogramming
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Nalini Devi Verusingam, Swee Keong Yeap, Huynh Ky, Ian C Paterson, Suan Phaik Khoo, Soon Keng Cheong, Alan H K Ong, Tunku Kamarul
Although numbers of cancer cell lines have been shown to be successfully reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), reprogramming Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) to pluripotency in relation to its cancer cell type and the expression pattern of pluripotent genes under later passage remain unexplored. In our study, we reprogrammed and characterised H103 and H376 oral squamous carcinoma cells using retroviral OSKM mediated method. Reprogrammed cells were characterized for their embryonic stem cells (ESCs) like morphology, pluripotent gene expression via quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), immunofluorescence staining, embryoid bodies (EB) formation and directed differentiation capacity...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416533/capturing-in-vivo-rna-transcriptional-dynamics-from-the-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
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Heather J Painter, Manuela Carrasquilla, Manuel Llinás
To capture the transcriptional dynamics within proliferating cells, methods to differentiate nascent transcription from pre-existing mRNAs are desired. One approach is to label newly synthesized mRNA transcripts in vivo through the incorporation of modified pyrimidines. However, the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is incapable of pyrimidine salvage for mRNA biogenesis. To capture cellular mRNA dynamics during Plasmodium development, we engineered parasites that can salvage pyrimidines through the expression of a single bifunctional yeast fusion gene, cytosine deaminase/uracil phosphoribosyltransferase (FCU)...
April 17, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416029/the-health-outcomes-of-human-offspring-conceived-by-assisted-reproductive-technologies-art
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M Chen, L K Heilbronn
Concerns have been raised about the health and development of children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) since 1978. Controversially, ART has been linked with adverse obstetric and perinatal outcomes, an increased risk of birth defects, cancers, and growth and development disorders. Emerging evidence suggests that ART treatment may also predispose individuals to an increased risk of chronic ageing related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This review will summarize the available evidence on the short-term and long-term health outcomes of ART singletons, as multiple pregnancies after multiple embryos transfer, are associated with low birth weight and preterm delivery, which can separately increase risk of adverse postnatal outcomes, and impact long-term health...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413770/biophysical-regulation-of-cell-reprogramming
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Sze Yue Wong, Jennifer Soto, Song Li
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell reprogramming and direct reprogramming are promising approaches for disease modeling and personalized medicine. However, these processes are yet to be optimized. Biomaterials are increasingly integrated into cell reprogramming strategies in order to engineer the microenvironment, improve reprogramming efficiency and achieve effective in situ cell reprogramming. Although there are some studies on the role of biomaterials in iPS cell reprogramming, their effect on direct cell conversion has not been fully explored...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413633/pluripotent-stem-cells-to-hepatocytes-the-journey-so-far
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Anwar A Palakkan, Jyoti Nanda, James A Ross
Over the past several years, there has been substantial progress in the field of regenerative medicine, which has enabled new possibilities for research and clinical application. For example, there are ongoing efforts directed at generating functional hepatocytes from adult-derived pluripotent cells for toxicity screening, generating disease models or, in the longer term, for the treatment of liver failure. In the present review, the authors summarise recent developments in regenerative medicine and pluripotent stem cells, the methods and tissues used for reprogramming and the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into hepatocyte-like cells...
April 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412905/therapeutic-potential-of-heme-oxygenase-1-carbon-monoxide-system-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Yuanyuan Cheng, Jianhui Rong
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury causes the dysfunctions of different major organs, leading to morbidity and mortality on the global scale. Among a battery of therapeutic targets, the heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)/carbon monoxide (CO) system has been evaluated for the development of new therapies against I/R injury. The enzyme HO-1 catalyzes the degradation of heme into three biologically active end products, namely biliverdin/bilirubin, CO and ferrous ion. Interestingly, CO is one of a few bioactive gaseous molecules with the capability of regulating inflammation, cell survival and growth...
April 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408207/transactivator-protein-an-alternative-for-delivery-of-recombinant-proteins-for-safer-reprogramming-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell
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REVIEW
Fazlina Nordin, Raja Norazireen Raja Ahmad, Farzin Farzaneh
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) are somatic cells reprogrammed to pluripotency by forced expression of pluripotency factors. These cells are shown to have the same pluripotent potential as embryonic stem cells (ESC) and considered as an alternative to the much controversial usage of ESC which involved human embryos. However, the traditional method in reprogramming cells into iPSC using genome-integrating retro- or lenti- viruses remains an obstacle for its application in clinical setting. Although numerous studies have been conducted for a safer DNA-based reprogramming, reprogramming of iPSC by genetic modifications may raise the possibility of malignant transformation and has been a major limitation for its usage in clinical applications...
April 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407125/cell-fate-modification-toward-the-hepatic-lineage-by-extrinsic-factors
#13
Masaki Kawamata, Atsushi Suzuki
The lineage of a somatic cell can be altered by targeting its signaling networks with small molecules and/or genetically altering the expression of key transcription factors. Depending on the combination of factors, fibroblasts can be fully reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells or directly converted into specific cell lineages, bypassing the pluripotent state. The generation of defined target cells will enormously benefit patients who require cell transplantation therapy. In the decade since iPS cells were first generated, many cell types have been induced from fibroblasts by direct conversion, including hepatocytes...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399876/emerging-roles-of-lipid-metabolism-in-cancer-metastasis
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REVIEW
Xiangjian Luo, Can Cheng, Zheqiong Tan, Namei Li, Min Tang, Lifang Yang, Ya Cao
Cancer cells frequently display fundamentally altered cellular metabolism, which provides the biochemical foundation and directly contributes to tumorigenicity and malignancy. Rewiring of metabolic programmes, such as aerobic glycolysis and increased glutamine metabolism, are crucial for cancer cells to shed from a primary tumor, overcome the nutrient and energy deficit, and eventually survive and form metastases. However, the role of lipid metabolism that confers the aggressive properties of malignant cancers remains obscure...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398503/systemic-evaluation-of-cellular-reprogramming-processes-exploiting-a-novel-r-tool-eegc
#15
Xiaoyuan Zhou, Guofeng Meng, Christine Nardini, Hongkang Mei
Motivation: Cells derived by cellular engineering, i.e. differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells and direct lineage reprogramming, carry a tremendous potential for medical applications and in particular for regenerative therapies. These approaches consist in the definition of lineage-specific experimental protocols that, by manipulation of a limited number of biological cues -niche mimicking factors, (in)activation of transcription factors, to name a few- enforce the final expression of cell-specific (marker) molecules...
April 7, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398344/induction-of-functional-dopamine-neurons-from-human-astrocytes-in-vitro-and-mouse-astrocytes-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-model
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Pia Rivetti di Val Cervo, Roman A Romanov, Giada Spigolon, Débora Masini, Elisa Martín-Montañez, Enrique M Toledo, Gioele La Manno, Michael Feyder, Christian Pifl, Yi-Han Ng, Sara Padrell Sánchez, Sten Linnarsson, Marius Wernig, Tibor Harkany, Gilberto Fisone, Ernest Arenas
Cell replacement therapies for neurodegenerative disease have focused on transplantation of the cell types affected by the pathological process. Here we describe an alternative strategy for Parkinson's disease in which dopamine neurons are generated by direct conversion of astrocytes. Using three transcription factors, NEUROD1, ASCL1 and LMX1A, and the microRNA miR218, collectively designated NeAL218, we reprogram human astrocytes in vitro, and mouse astrocytes in vivo, into induced dopamine neurons (iDANs)...
April 10, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396217/mathematical-models-of-cell-phenotype-regulation-and-reprogramming-make-cancer-cells-sensitive-again
#17
David J Wooten, Vito Quaranta
A cell's phenotype is the observable actualization of complex interactions between its genome, epigenome, and local environment. While traditional views in cancer have held that cellular and tumor phenotypes are largely functions of genomic instability, increasing attention has recently been given to epigenetic and microenvironmental influences. Such non-genetic factors allow cancer cells to experience intrinsic diversity and plasticity, and at the tumor level can result in phenotypic heterogeneity and treatment evasion...
April 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395744/peripheral-blood-derived-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ipscs-from-a-female-with-familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#18
Samantha Barratt Ross, Stuart T Fraser, Richard D Bagnall, Christopher Semsarian
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were generated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from a 62-year-old female with familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). PBMCs were reprogrammed to a pluripotent state following transfection with non-integrative episomal vectors carrying reprogramming factors OCT4, SOX2, LIN28, KLF4 and L-MYC. iPSCs were shown to express pluripotency markers, possess trilineage differentiation potential, carry rare variants identified in DNA isolated directly from the patient's whole blood, have a normal karyotype and no longer carry episomal vectors for reprogramming...
April 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394358/mage-trim28-complex-promotes-the-warburg-effect-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression-by-targeting-fbp1-for-degradation
#19
X Jin, Y Pan, L Wang, L Zhang, R Ravichandran, P R Potts, J Jiang, H Wu, H Huang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading cause of cancer death in the world. Fructose-1,6-biphosphatase (FBP1), a rate-limiting enzyme in gluconeogenesis, has been identified recently as a tumor suppressor in HCC and other cancer types. In this study, we demonstrated that the tripartite motif-containing protein 28 (TRIM28) binds directly to and promotes FBP1 for ubiquitination and degradation. MAGE-A3 and MAGE-C2, which are known to be overexpressed in HCC, can enhance TRIM28-dependent degradation of FBP1 by forming ubiquitin ligase complexes with TRIM28...
April 10, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389873/molecular-barriers-to-direct-cardiac-reprogramming
#20
REVIEW
Haley Vaseghi, Jiandong Liu, Li Qian
Myocardial infarction afflicts close to three quarters of a million Americans annually, resulting in reduced heart function, arrhythmia, and frequently death. Cardiomyocyte death reduces the heart's pump capacity while the deposition of a non-conductive scar incurs the risk of arrhythmia. Direct cardiac reprogramming emerged as a novel technology to simultaneously reduce scar tissue and generate new cardiomyocytes to restore cardiac function. This technology converts endogenous cardiac fibroblasts directly into induced cardiomyocyte-like cells using a variety of cocktails including transcription factors, microRNAs, and small molecules...
April 7, 2017: Protein & Cell
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