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Stem cell therapy, epigenetics

Younguk Sun, Bo-Rui Chen, Aniruddha Deshpande
The importance of epigenetic dysregulation to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) pathophysiology has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Epigenetic regulators, including readers, writers, and erasers, are recurrently dysregulated by way of chromosomal translocations, somatic mutations, or genomic amplification in AML and many of these alterations are directly implicated in AML pathogenesis. Mutations in epigenetic regulators are often discovered in founder clones and persist after therapy, indicating that they may contribute to a premalignant state poised for the acquisition of cooperating mutations and frank malignancy...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Chiara Antoniani, Vasco Meneghini, Annalisa Lattanzi, Tristan Felix, Oriana Romano, Elisa Magrin, Leslie Weber, Giulia Pavani, Sara El Hoss, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Thomas J Cradick, Ante S Lundberg, Matthew Porteus, Mario Amendola, Wassim El Nemer, Marina Cavazzana, Fulvio Mavilio, Annarita Miccio
Naturally occurring, large deletions in the β-globin locus result in hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin, a condition that mitigates the clinical severity of sickle-cell disease (SCD) and β-thalassemia. We designed a CRISPR/Cas9 strategy to disrupt a 13.6-kb genomic region encompassing the δ- and β-globin genes and a putative γ-δ intergenic fetal hemoglobin (HbF) silencer. Disruption of just the putative HbF silencer results in a mild increase in γ-globin expression, whereas deletion or inversion of a 13...
March 8, 2018: Blood
L Xie, W J Hu, B R Liu
The accumulation of genomic and epigenetic changes gives rise to the tumorigenesis and progression. Currently, clonal evolution model and cancer stem cell model, two leading theories of caner origin, are becoming complementary to one another to explain the nature of tumor heterogeneity. Precision medicine that is based on the next generation sequencing and big data describes the phenomena of tumor heterogeneity more precisely. The future cancer therapy may need more comprehensive and dynamical understandings of the distinct subclones of tumor and follow the trends of cancer evolution...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
W Shang, Q Zhang, Y Huang, R Shanti, F Alawi, A Le, C Jiang
Head and neck cancer is one of the most frequent human malignancies worldwide, with a high rate of recurrence and metastasis. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is cellularly and molecularly heterogeneous, with subsets of undifferentiated cancer cells exhibiting stem cell-like properties, called cancer stem cells (CSCs). Epithelial-mesenchymal transition, gene mutation, and epigenetic modification are associated with the formation of cellular plasticity of tumor cells in HNSCC, contributing to the acquisition of invasive, recurrent, and metastatic properties and therapeutic resistance...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
Katherine G Akers, Yoan Chérasse, Yuki Fujita, Sakthivel Srinivasan, Takeshi Sakurai, Masanori Sakaguchi
Neural stem and progenitor cells continue to generate new neurons in particular regions of the brain during adulthood. One of these neurogenic regions is the dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus, which plays an important role in cognition and emotion. By exploiting this innate neuronal regeneration mechanism in the DG, new technologies have the potential to promote resistance to or recovery from brain dysfunction or degeneration. However, a deeper understanding of how adult DG neurogenesis is regulated by factors such as sleep and epigenetic modifications of gene expression could lead to further breakthroughs in the clinical application of neural stem and progenitor cells...
February 27, 2018: Stem Cells
Miguel López-Lázaro
All cancer registries constantly show striking differences in cancer incidence by age and among tissues. For example, lung cancer is diagnosed hundreds of times more often at age 70 than at age 20, and lung cancer in nonsmokers occurs thousands of times more frequently than heart cancer in smokers. An analysis of these differences using basic concepts in cell biology indicates that cancer is the end-result of the accumulation of cell divisions in stem cells. In other words, the main determinant of carcinogenesis is the number of cell divisions that the DNA of a stem cell has accumulated in any type of cell from the zygote...
March 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Xianfa Yang, Ran Wang, Xiongjun Wang, Guoqing Cai, Yun Qian, Su Feng, Fangzhi Tan, Kun Chen, Ke Tang, Xingxu Huang, Naihe Jing, Yunbo Qiao
Clinical therapies of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs)-based transplantation have been hindered by frequent development of teratomas or tumors in animal models and clinical patients. Therefore, clarifying the mechanism of carcinogenesis in stem cell therapy is of great importance for reducing the risk of tumorigenicity. Here we differentiate Oct4-GFP mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) into neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and find that a minority of Oct4+ cells are continuously sustained at Oct4+ state. These cells can be enriched and proliferated in a standard ESC medium...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Ramesh Butti, Sumit Das, Vinoth Prasanna Gunasekaran, Amit Singh Yadav, Dhiraj Kumar, Gopal C Kundu
Breast cancer is a multifactorial disease and driven by aberrant regulation of cell signaling pathways due to the acquisition of genetic and epigenetic changes. An array of growth factors and their receptors is involved in cancer development and metastasis. Receptor Tyrosine Kinases (RTKs) constitute a class of receptors that play important role in cancer progression. RTKs are cell surface receptors with specialized structural and biological features which respond to environmental cues by initiating appropriate signaling cascades in tumor cells...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
Wenyong Long, Wei Zhao, Bo Ning, Jing Huang, Junjun Chu, Linfeng Li, Qianquan Ma, Changsheng Xing, Helen Y Wang, Qing Liu, Rong-Fu Wang
The differentiation status of neuroblastoma (NB) strongly correlates with its clinical outcomes; however, the molecular mechanisms driving maintenance of stemness and differentiation remain poorly understood. Here, we show that plant homeodomain finger-containing protein 20 (PHF20) functions as a critical epigenetic regulator in sustaining stem cell-like phenotype of NB by using CRISPR/Cas9-based targeted knockout (KO) for high-throughput screening of gene function in NB cell differentiation. Expression of PHF20 in NB was significantly associated with high aggressiveness of the tumor and poor outcomes for NB patients...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Christel Claes, Johanna Van den Daele, Catherine M Verfaillie
Over the past decades, the importance of the immune system in a broad scope of pathologies, has drawn attention towards tissue-resident macrophages, such as microglia in the brain. To enable the study of for instance microglia, it is crucial to recreate in vitro (and in vivo) assays. However, very fast loss of tissue-specific features of primary tissue resident macrophages, including microglia, upon in vitro culture has complicated such studies. Moreover, limited knowledge of macrophage developmental pathways and the role of local 'niche factors', has hampered the generation of tissue-resident macrophages from pluripotent stem cells (PSC)...
February 2, 2018: Cellular Immunology
Elisabeth Tamara Strässler, Katriina Aalto-Setälä, Mostafa Kiamehr, Ulf Landmesser, Nicolle Kränkel
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) avoid many of the restrictions that hamper the application of human embryonic stem cells: limited availability of source material due to legal restrictions in some countries, immunogenic rejection and ethical concerns. Also, the donor's clinical phenotype is often known when working with iPSCs. Therefore, iPSCs seem ideal to tackle the two biggest tasks of regenerative medicine: degenerative diseases with genetic cause (e.g., Duchenne's muscular dystrophy) and organ replacement in age-related diseases (e...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Monika Toma, Tomasz Skorski, Tomasz Sliwinski
Cancer is a heterogeneous disease with a high degree of diversity between and within tumors. Our limited knowledge of their biology results in ineffective treatment. However, personalized approach may represent a milestone in the field of anticancer therapy. It can increase specificity of treatment against tumor initiating cancer stem cells (CSCs) and cancer progenitor cells (CPCs) with minimal effect on normal cells and tissues. Cancerous cells carry multiple genetic and epigenetic aberrations which may disrupt pathways essential for cell survival...
January 31, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Sen Zhu, Dongyu Zhao, Lin Yan, Weihua Jiang, Jung-Sun Kim, Bingnan Gu, Qipeng Liu, Rui Wang, Bo Xia, Jonathan C Zhao, Gang Song, Wenyi Mi, Rong-Fu Wang, Xiaobing Shi, Hung-Ming Lam, Xuesen Dong, Jindan Yu, Kaifu Chen, Qi Cao
BMI1, a polycomb group (PcG) protein, plays a critical role in epigenetic regulation of cell differentiation and proliferation, and cancer stem cell self-renewal. BMI1 is upregulated in multiple types of cancer, including prostate cancer. As a key component of polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1), BMI1 exerts its oncogenic functions by enhancing the enzymatic activities of RING1B to ubiquitinate histone H2A at lysine 119 and repress gene transcription. Here, we report a PRC1-independent role of BMI1 that is critical for castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) progression...
February 5, 2018: Nature Communications
Yoichiro Kawamura, Jun Takouda, Koji Yoshimoto, Kinichi Nakashima
Neural stem cells (NSCs) undergo self-renewal and generate neurons and glial cells under the influence of specific signals from surrounding environments. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly lethal brain tumor arising from NSCs or glial precursor cells owing to dysregulation of transcriptional and epigenetic networks that control self-renewal and differentiation of NSCs. Highly tumorigenic glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs) constitute a small subpopulation of GBM cells, which share several characteristic similarities with NSCs...
January 31, 2018: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Ning Jiang, Binghu Ke, Kim Hjort-Jensen, Diego Iglesias-Gato, Zhun Wang, Pengcheng Chang, Yang Zhao, Xiaodan Niu, Tao Wu, Bo Peng, Mingdong Jiang, Xiaoshi Li, Zhiqun Shang, Qiang Wang, Chawnshang Chang, Amilcar Flores-Morales, Yuanjie Niu
Castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) is a stage of relapse that arises after various forms of androgen ablation therapy (ADT) and causes significant morbidity and mortality. However, the mechanism underlying progression to CRPC remains poorly understood. Here, we report that YAP1, which is negatively regulated by AR, influences prostate cancer (PCa) cell self-renewal and CRPC development. Specifically, we found that AR directly regulates the methylation of YAP1 gene promoter via the formation of a complex with Polycomb group protein EZH2 and DNMT3a...
December 29, 2017: Oncotarget
Mingyue Luo, Youxin Chen
As a constituent of blood-retinal barrier and retinal outer segment (ROS) scavenger, retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) is fundamental to normal function of retina. Malfunctioning of RPE contributes to the onset and advance of retinal degenerative diseases. Up to date, RPE replacement therapy is the only possible method to completely reverse retinal degeneration. Transplantation of human RPE stem cell-derived RPE (hRPESC-RPE) has shown some good results in animal models. With promising results in terms of safety and visual improvement, human embryonic stem cell-derived RPE (hESC-RPE) can be expected in clinical settings in the near future...
2018: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Mao-Hua Cai, Xiao-Gang Xu, Shi-Li Yan, Ze Sun, Yin Ying, Bai-Kui Wang, Yue-Xing Tu
Trichostatin A (TSA) possess histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitory potential, can reverse the deactivation of tumor suppressor genes and inhibit tumor cell proliferation. We evaluated the effect of TSA on HDAC expression, tumor cell proliferation, and cancer stem cells (CSCs) activities in pancreatic ductal adenocarnoma (PDAC) cells. The PDAC cell lines MiaPaCa-2 and PANC-1 were distinctly sensitive to TSA, with enhanced apoptosis, compared to SAHA. TSA or SAHA inhibited vimentin, HDACs 1, 7 and 8, upregulated E-cadherin mRNA and protein levels in the PDAC cells, and time-dependently downregulated Oct-4, Sox-2, and Nanog, as well as inhibited PDAC tumorsphere formation...
January 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Zheng Peng, Wenjun Zhou, Chun Zhang, Huining Liu, Yi Zhang
BACKGROUND Cancer stem cells (CSCs), in choriocarcinoma and other carcinomas, possess the ability of self-renewal and multilineage differentiation potential. We previous isolated choriocarcinoma cancer stem-like cells (CSLCs), which hold the stemness characteristics of CSCs. Epigenetic modifications have emerged as drivers in tumorigenesis, but the mechanisms of CSCs are largely unknown, and new drug therapies are needed to break the persistence of CSCs. MATERIAL AND METHODS Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blot analysis were performed to detect the expression of DNMTs, HDACs, and stemness-genes...
January 24, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Mikkel Staberg, Rikke Darling Rasmussen, Signe Regner Michaelsen, Henriette Pedersen, Kamilla Ellermann Jensen, Mette Villingshøj, Jane Skjoth-Rasmussen, Jannick Brennum, Kristoffer Vitting-Seerup, Hans Skovgaard Poulsen, Petra Hamerlik
Glioblastoma (GBM) ranks among the most lethal cancers, with current therapies offering only palliation. Inter- and intra-patient heterogeneity is a hallmark of GBM, with epigenetically distinct cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) at the apex. Targeting GSCs remains a challenging task because of their unique biology, resemblance to normal neural stem/progenitor cells and resistance to standard cytotoxic therapy. Here, we find that the chromatin regulator, JmjC domain histone H3K36me2/me1 demethylase KDM2B, is highly expressed in glioblastoma surgical specimens compared to normal brain...
January 23, 2018: Molecular Oncology
Anna Sophia McKenney, Allison N Lau, Amritha Varshini Hanasoge Somasundara, Barbara Spitzer, Andrew M Intlekofer, Jihae Ahn, Kaitlyn Shank, Franck T Rapaport, Minal A Patel, Efthymia Papalexi, Alan H Shih, April Chiu, Elizaveta Freinkman, Esra A Akbay, Mya Steadman, Raj Nagaraja, Katharine Yen, Julie Teruya-Feldstein, Kwok-Kin Wong, Raajit Rampal, Matthew G Vander Heiden, Craig B Thompson, Ross L Levine
Patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) frequently progress to bone marrow failure or acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and mutations in epigenetic regulators such as the metabolic enzyme isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) are associated with poor outcomes. Here, we showed that combined expression of Jak2V617F and mutant IDH1R132H or Idh2R140Q induces MPN progression, alters stem/progenitor cell function, and impairs differentiation in mice. Jak2V617F Idh2R140Q-mutant MPNs were sensitive to small-molecule inhibition of IDH...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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