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spermatogonial stem cell

James West, W Warren Gill
Genome editing in large animals has tremendous practical applications, from more accurate models for medical research through improved animal welfare and production efficiency. Although genetic modification in large animals has a 30 year history, until recently technical issues limited its utility. The original methods - pronuclear injection and integrating viruses - were plagued with problems associated with low efficiency, silencing, poor regulation of gene expression, and variability associated with random integration...
June 2016: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
F Kent Hamra
Knowledge gaps persist on signaling pathways and metabolic states in germ cells sufficient to support spermatogenesis independent of a somatic environment. Consequently, methods to culture mammalian stem cells through spermatogenesis in defined systems have not been established. Lack of success at culturing mammalian stem cells through spermatogenesis in defined systems reflects an inability to experimentally recapitulate biochemical events that develop in germ cells during a seminiferous epithelial cycle. Complex germ and somatic cell associations that develop each seminiferous epithelial cycle support such a hypothesis, conceivably explaining why highly pure mammalian spermatogonia have not developed into meiosis, much less through meiosis without somatic cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Aileen R Helsel, Jon M Oatley
In mammals, the activities of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) provide the foundation for continual spermatogenesis throughout a male's reproductive lifetime. At present, the defining characteristics of SSCs and mechanisms controlling their fate decisions are not well understood. Transplantation is a definitive functional measure of stem cell capacity for male germ cells that can be used as an assay to provide an unequivocal quantification of the SSC content in an experimental cell population. Here, we discuss the procedure for mice and provide protocols for preparing donor germ cell suspensions from testes directly or primary cultures of spermatogonia for transplantation, enriching for SSCs, preparing recipient males, microinjection into recipient testes, and considerations for experimental design...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Gina M Aloisio, Ileana Cuevas, Yuji Nakada, Christopher G Peña, Diego H Castrillon
The precise identity of spermatogonial stem cells-the germline stem cell of the adult testis-remains a controversial topic. Technical limitations have included the lack of specific markers and methods for lineage tracing of Asingle spermatogonia and their subsets. Immunolocalization of proteins in tissue sections has been a standard tool for the in situ identification and visualization of rare cellular subsets. However, these studies are limited by the need for faithful and reliable protein markers to define these cell types, as well as the availability of specific antibodies to these markers...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Kazadi Mutoji, Anukriti Singh, Thu Nguyen, Heidi Gildersleeve, Amy V Kaucher, Melissa J Oatley, Jon M Oatley, Ellen K Velte, Chris B Geyer, Keren Cheng, John R McCarrey, Brian P Hermann
Precise separation of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) from progenitor spermatogonia that lack stem cell activity and are committed to differentiation remains a challenge. To distinguish between these spermatogonial subtypes, we identified genes that exhibited bimodal mRNA levels at the single cell level among undifferentiated spermatogonia from the Postnatal Day 6 (P6) mouse testis, including Tspan8, Epha2 and Pvr, each of which encode cell-surface proteins useful for cell selection. Transplantation studies provided definitive evidence that a TSPAN8-high subpopulation is enriched for SSCs...
October 12, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Kate A Redgrove, Ilana R Bernstein, Victoria J Pye, Bettina P Mihalas, Jessie M Sutherland, Brett Nixon, Adam McCluskey, Phillip J Robinson, Janet E Holt, Eileen A McLaughlin
The dynamin family of proteins play important regulatory roles in membrane remodelling and endocytosis, especially within brain and neuronal tissues. In the context of reproduction, dynamin 1 (DNM1) and dynamin 2 (DNM2) have recently been shown to act as key mediators of sperm acrosome formation and function. However, little is known about the roles that these proteins play in the developing testicular germ cells. In this study, we employed a DNM2 germ cell-specific knockout model to investigate the role of DNM2 in spermatogenesis...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
R Kumar Pramod, Bo Ram Lee, Young Min Kim, Hong Jo Lee, Young Hyun Park, Tamao Ono, Jeong Mook Lim, Jae Yong Han
We reported previously testis-mediated germline chimera production and characterization of germline stem cell-like cells from chicken testes. The present study aimed to establish an in vitro system for culture of quail spermatogonia stem cells (SSCs) for practical applications in germline preservation and transgenesis. Testicular cells from juvenile (4 weeks old) or adult (8 weeks old) quail testis were isolated using sequential enzymatic digestion. The percentages of viability of isolated testicular cells were 91...
October 5, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
T Mirzapour, T A B Tengku Ibrahim, M Movahedin, M R Nowroozi
Destruction of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) along the chemotherapy and radiotherapy is one of the side effects of cancer treatments that lead to infertility. In vitro propagation of hSSCs is necessary to obtain an adequate number of cells for successful transplantation. In this study, hSSCs were isolated from testis biopsies of the patients with maturation arrest and proliferated in DMEM in the presence of LIF and bFGF for 5 weeks. The various types of human spermatogonia were identified in culture system and compared with testis tissue using morphological criteria at the ultrastructural level...
September 29, 2016: Andrologia
Hye-Won Song, Anilkumar Bettegowda, Blue B Lake, Adrienne H Zhao, David Skarbrevik, Eric Babajanian, Meena Sukhwani, Eleen Y Shum, Mimi H Phan, Terra-Dawn M Plank, Marcy E Richardson, Madhuvanthi Ramaiah, Vaishnavi Sridhar, Dirk G de Rooij, Kyle E Orwig, Kun Zhang, Miles F Wilkinson
The developmental origins of most adult stem cells are poorly understood. Here, we report the identification of a transcription factor-RHOX10-critical for the initial establishment of spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). Conditional loss of the entire 33-gene X-linked homeobox gene cluster that includes Rhox10 causes progressive spermatogenic decline, a phenotype indistinguishable from that caused by loss of only Rhox10. We demonstrate that this phenotype results from dramatically reduced SSC generation. By using a battery of approaches, including single-cell-RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) analysis, we show that Rhox10 drives SSC generation by promoting pro-spermatogonia differentiation...
September 27, 2016: Cell Reports
L Dumont, A Oblette, C Rondanino, F Jumeau, A Bironneau, D Liot, V Duchesne, J Wils, N Rives
STUDY QUESTION: Does vitamin A (retinol, Rol) prevent round spermatid nuclear damage and increase the production of motile sperm during in vitro maturation of vitrified pre-pubertal mouse testicular tissue? SUMMARY ANSWER: The supplementation of an in vitro culture of ~0.75 mm(3) testicular explants from pre-pubertal mice with Rol enhances spermatogenesis progression during the first spermatogenic wave. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The production of functional spermatozoa in vitro has only been achieved in the mouse model and remains a rare event...
September 25, 2016: Molecular Human Reproduction
Sandhya Anand, Deepa Bhartiya, Kalpana Sriraman, Alpna Mallick
Very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) exist among spermatogonial stem cells and survive chemotherapy in both mice and human testes because of their relatively quiescent nature. Our earlier study revealed that inter-tubular transplantation of niche (Sertoli or bone marrow derived mesenchymal) cells can restore spermatogenesis from endogenous surviving VSELs. Present study was undertaken to delineate the effect of busulphan on testicular stem/germ/Sertoli cells and to comprehend the underlying mechanisms of how transplanted niche cells restore spermatogenesis...
September 23, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
Nirmalya Ganguli, Neerja Wadhwa, Abul Usmani, Neetu Kunj, Nilanjana Ganguli, Rajesh Kumar Sarkar, Soma M Ghorai, Subeer S Majumdar
BACKGROUND: Spermatogonial stem cell (SSC) transplantation (SSCT) has become important for conservation of endangered species, transgenesis and for rejuvenating testes which have lost germ cells (Gc) due to gonadotoxic chemotherapy or radiotherapy during the prepubertal phase of life. Creating a germ cell-depleted animal model for transplantation of normal or gene-transfected SSC is a prerequisite for such experimental studies. Traditionally used intraperitoneal injections of busulfan to achieve this are associated with painful hematopoietic toxicity and affects the wellbeing of the animals...
2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Ryusuke Nakajima, Hideyuki Okano, Toshiaki Noce
Jmjd1C is one of the Jmjd1 family genes that encode putative demethylases against histone H3K9 and non-histone proteins and has been proven to play an indispensable role in mouse spermatogenesis. Here, we analyzed a newly-bred transgenic mouse strain carrying a Jmjd1C loss-of-function allele in which a β-geo cassette was integrated into the intron of the Jmjd1C locus. Jmjd1C gene-trap homozygous testes exhibited malformations in postmeiotic processes and a deficiency in the long-term maintenance of undifferentiated spermatogonia...
2016: PloS One
Deepa Bhartiya, Ambreen Shaikh, Sandhya Anand, Hiren Patel, Sona Kapoor, Kalpana Sriraman, Seema Parte, Sreepoorna Unni
BACKGROUND: Both pluripotent very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells were reported in 2006. In 2012, a Nobel Prize was awarded for iPS technology whereas even today the very existence of VSELs is not well accepted. The underlying reason is that VSELs exist in low numbers, remain dormant under homeostatic conditions, are very small in size and do not pellet down at 250-280g. The VSELs maintain life-long tissue homeostasis, serve as a backup pool for adult stem cells and are mobilized under stress conditions...
September 10, 2016: Human Reproduction Update
Ji Sook Kim, Ji Hyung Chae, Yong-Pil Cheon, Chul Geun Kim
Maintaining stemness and permitting differentiation mediated by combinations of transcription factors (TFs) are key aspects of mammalian spermatogenesis. It has been established that yin yang 1 (YY1), a target factor of mammalian polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) and a regulator of stemness, is involved in the stable maintenance of prophase stage spermatocytes. Recently, we have demonstrated that the TF CP2c partners with YY1 in some cells to antagonistically regulate the other protein's function. To date, the functional roles of YY1 and CP2c in spermatogonial stem cells and their derived germ cells remain unclear...
September 6, 2016: Acta Histochemica
Gurpreet Manku, Martine Culty
Translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO) is a high affinity cholesterol- and drug-binding protein highly expressed in steroidogenic cells, such as Leydig cells, where it plays a role in cholesterol mitochondrial transport. We have previously shown that TSPO is expressed in postnatal day 3 rat gonocytes, precursors of spermatogonial stem cells. Gonocytes undergo regulated phases of proliferation and migration, followed by retinoic acid (RA)-induced differentiation. Understanding these processes is important since their disruption may lead to the formation of carcinoma in situ, a precursor of testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs)...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sarah Niakan, Banafsheh Heidari, Ghasem Akbari, Zahra Nikousefat
OBJECTIVE: Electroporation can be a highly efficient method for introducing the foreign genetic materials into the targeted cells for transient and/or permanent genetic modification. Considering the application of this technique as a very efficient method for drug, oligonucleotide, antibody and plasmid delivery for clinical applications and production of transgenic animals, the present study aimed to optimize the transfection efficiency of sheep testicular cells including spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) via electroporation...
2016: Cell Journal
Makiko Yamada, Letizia De Chiara, Marco Seandel
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) propagate mammalian spermatogenesis throughout male reproductive life by continuously self-renewing and differentiating, ultimately, into sperm. SSCs can be cultured for long periods and restore spermatogenesis upon transplantation back into the native microenvironment in vivo. Conventionally, SSC research has been focused mainly on male infertility and, to a lesser extent, on cell reprogramming. With the advent of genome-wide sequencing technology, however, human studies have uncovered a wide range of pathogenic alleles that arise in the male germline...
September 5, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
E G Skurikhin, A V Pakhomova, N N Ermakova, O V Pershina, E S Pan, L A Ermolaeva, A I Kudryashova, V A Krupin, O Yu Rybalkina, A M Dygai
Stem and progenitor cells were studied on mouse model of testicular ischemia. Testicular ischemia led to a decrease in free testosterone concentration. Hemodynamic changes, interstitial edema, and destruction of spermatogenic epithelium, Leydig, and Sertoli cells were observed in the testicular tissue. Accumulation of degenerative germ cells was accompanied by reduction in the count of spermatogonial stem cells with immunophenotype CD117(-)CD29(+)CD90(+) and CD117(+)CD29(+)CD90(+). Simultaneously with pathomorphological changes in the testes and suppression of spermatogenesis, ischemia reduced the count of hematopoietic progenitor cells, hematopoietic stem cells with immunophenotype Lin(-)CD117(+)Sca-1(+)c-kit(+)CD34(+) and Lin(-)CD117(+)Sca-1(+)c-kit(+)CD34(-), and multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (CD45(-)CD31(-) CD90(+)CD106(+)) in the testicular tissue...
August 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Teng Zhang, Jon Oatley, Vivian J Bardwell, David Zarkower
Male mammals produce sperm for most of postnatal life and therefore require a robust germ line stem cell system, with precise balance between self-renewal and differentiation. Prior work established doublesex- and mab-3-related transcription factor 1 (Dmrt1) as a conserved transcriptional regulator of male sexual differentiation. Here we investigate the role of Dmrt1 in mouse spermatogonial stem cell (SSC) homeostasis. We find that Dmrt1 maintains SSCs during steady state spermatogenesis, where it regulates expression of Plzf, another transcription factor required for SSC maintenance...
September 2016: PLoS Genetics
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