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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526606/identification-of-emsox2-a-member-of-the-sox-family-of-transcription-factors-as-a-potential-regulator-of-echinococcus-multilocularis-germinative-cells
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Zhe Cheng, Fan Liu, Mengya Dai, Jianjian Wu, Xiu Li, Xinrui Guo, Huimin Tian, Zhijie Heng, Ying Lu, Xiaoli Chai, Yanhai Wang
Larvae of the tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis cause alveolar echinococcosis (AE), one of the most lethal helminthic infections in humans. The germinative cells, a population of stem cell-like cells, are considered to drive the continuous growth of the metacestodes within the host. The mechanisms and relative molecules controlling the behavior of germinative cells are poorly understood. Sox transcription factors play important roles in maintenance and regulation of stem/progenitor cells. We here describe the identification of a Sox family member in E...
May 16, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526577/changes-in-tumor-cell-heterogeneity-after-chemotherapy-treatment-in-a-xenograft-model-of-glioblastoma
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Alessandra M Welker, Brian D Jaros, Min An, Christine E Beattie
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly aggressive brain cancer with limited treatments and poor patient survival. GBM tumors are heterogeneous containing a complex mixture of dividing cells, differentiated cells, and cancer stem cells. It is unclear, however, how these different cell populations contribute to tumor growth or whether they exhibit differential responses to chemotherapy. Here we set out to address these questions using a zebrafish xenograft transplant model (Welker et al., 2016). We found that a small population of differentiated vimentin positive tumor cells, but a majority of Sox2 positive putative cancer stem cells, were dividing during tumor growth...
May 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522881/notch-signaling-and-maintenance-of-sox2-expression-in-rat-anterior-pituitary-cells
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Khongorzul Batchuluun, Morio Azuma, Ken Fujiwara, Takashi Yashiro, Motoshi Kikuchi
After publication of reports describing the presence of stem/progenitor cells among non-hormone-producing cells in the pituitary, the mechanism responsible for proliferation and differentiation generated considerable interest. Several studies have suggested that Notch signaling is involved. In the present study, we examined the histochemical relationship between Notch signaling molecules and the transcription factor SOX2 in rat pituitary. Combined in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry showed that Notch2 mRNA and SOX2 were co-expressed at embryonic day 14...
April 27, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518185/osteogenic-potential-of-adipose-derived-macrospheroids-cocultured-with-cd11b-monocytes
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Hidemi Nakata, Maiko Yamamoto, Emi Okada, Tomoko Nagayama, Munemitsu Miyasaka, Shohei Kasugai, Shinji Kuroda
PURPOSE: Among potential cell-based therapies, adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) have been proposed as a promising source of stem cells for tissue regeneration. Although many recent clinical trials have investigated the use of adipose tissue or ASCs in transplantation, analysis of the microstructures of outgrowing macrosized spheroids (macrospheroids) or three-dimensional coculture of ASC spheroids and monocyte/macrophage lineages has not been performed. The aim of this study was to analyze the microstructures of murine-derived ASC macrospheroids and the growth and osteogenic potential of these macrospheroids in a three-dimensional environment and after calcification induction by coculture with monocytes...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516515/interaction-of-lincrna-ror-and-p53-mir-145-correlates-with-lung-cancer-stem-cell-signatures
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Fan Xia, Ye Xiong, Qiang Li
ROR is one of large intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) and acts as a strong negative regulator of p53 and a sponge for miR-145 to regulate diverse cancer progression. However, the interaction of ROR, p53 and miR-145 in lung cancer and its correlation with lung cancer stem cell (LCSC) signatures were not fully understood. Here, qRT-PCR analysis revealed that p53 and ROR were upregulated while miR-145 was downregulated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissues and LCSCs compared to their paired adjacent normal tissues and lung cancer cells (LCCs)...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516286/establishment-of-a-tumor-sphere-cell-line-from-a-metastatic-brain-neuroendocrine-tumor
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Ryoichi Iwata, Masato Maruyama, Tomoki Ito, Yosuke Nakano, Yonehiro Kanemura, Taro Koike, Souichi Oe, Kunikazu Yoshimura, Masahiro Nonaka, Shosaku Nomura, Tetsuo Sugimoto, Hisao Yamada, Akio Asai
Neuroendocrine tumors are rare, and little is known about the existence of cancer stem cells in this disease. Identification of the tumorigenic population will contribute to the development of effective therapies targeting neuroendocrine tumors. Surgically resected brain metastases from a primary neuroendocrine tumor of unknown origin were dissociated and cultured in serum-free neurosphere medium. Stem cell properties, including self-renewal, differentiation potential, and stem cell marker expression, were examined...
May 17, 2017: Medical Molecular Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515211/functional-equivalence-of-the-sox2-and-sox3-transcription-factors-in-the-developing-mouse-brain-and-testes
#7
Fatwa Adikusuma, Daniel Pederick, Dale McAninch, James Hughes, Paul Thomas
Gene duplication provides spare genetic material that evolution can craft into new functions. Sox2 and Sox3 are evolutionarily-related genes with overlapping and unique sites of expression during embryogenesis. It is currently unclear whether SOX2 and SOX3 have identical or different functions. Here we use CRISPR/Cas9-assisted mutagenesis to perform a gene-swap, replacing the Sox3 ORF with the Sox2 ORF to investigate their functional equivalence in the brain and testes. We show that increased expression of SOX2 can functionally replace SOX3 in the development of the infundibular recess/ventral diencephalon and largely rescues pituitary gland defects that occur in Sox3 null mice...
May 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514649/widespread-mitotic-bookmarking-by-histone-marks-and-transcription-factors-in-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Yiyuan Liu, Bobbie Pelham-Webb, Dafne Campigli Di Giammartino, Jiexi Li, Daleum Kim, Katsuhiro Kita, Nestor Saiz, Vidur Garg, Ashley Doane, Paraskevi Giannakakou, Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, Olivier Elemento, Effie Apostolou
During mitosis, transcription is halted and many chromatin features are lost, posing a challenge for the continuity of cell identity, particularly in fast cycling stem cells, which constantly balance self-renewal with differentiation. Here we show that, in pluripotent stem cells, certain histone marks and stem cell regulators remain associated with specific genomic regions of mitotic chromatin, a phenomenon known as mitotic bookmarking. Enhancers of stem cell-related genes are bookmarked by both H3K27ac and the master regulators OCT4, SOX2, and KLF4, while promoters of housekeeping genes retain high levels of mitotic H3K27ac in a cell-type invariant manner...
May 16, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512649/purification-and-characterization-of-schwann-cells-from-adult-human-skin-and-nerve
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Jo Anne Stratton, Ranjan Kumar, Sarthak Sinha, Prajay Shah, Morgan Stykel, Yuval Shapira, Rajiv Midha, Jeff Biernaskie
Despite its modest capacity for regeneration, peripheral nervous system injury often results in significant long-term disability. Supplementing peripheral nervous system injury with autologous Schwann cells (SCs) may serve to rejuvenate the postinjury environment to enhance regeneration and ultimately improve functional outcomes. However, human nerve-derived SC (hN-SC) collection procedures require invasive surgical resection. Here, we describe the characterization of SCs from adult human skin (hSk-SCs) of four male donors ranging between 27 and 46 years old...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512199/dominant-negative-sox18-function-inhibits-dermal-papilla-maturation-and-differentiation-in-all-murine-hair-types
#10
Rehan Villani, Samantha Hodgson, Julien Legrand, Jessica Greaney, Ho Yi Wong, Cathy Pichol-Thievend, Christelle Adolphe, Brandon Wainwight, Mathias Francois, Kiarash Khosrotehrani
SOX family proteins SOX2 and SOX18 have been reported as being essential in determining hair follicle type; however, the role they play during development remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate that Sox18 regulates the normal differentiation of the dermal papilla of all hair types. In guard (primary) hair dermal condensate (DC) cells, we identified transient Sox18 in addition to SOX2 expression at E14.5, which allowed fate tracing of primary DC cells until birth. Similarly, expression of Sox18 was detected in the DC cells of secondary hairs at E16...
May 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509990/transient-activation-of-reprogramming-transcription-factors-using-protein-transduction-facilitates-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-toward-cardiomyocyte-like-cells
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Zaniar Ghazizadeh, Hassan Rassouli, Hananeh Fonoudi, Mehdi Alikhani, Mahmood Talkhabi, Amir Darbandi-Azar, Shuibing Chen, Hossein Baharvand, Nasser Aghdami, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
Derivation of cardiomyocytes directly from patients' own fibroblasts could offer a new therapeutic approach for those with ischemic heart disease. An essential step toward clinical application is to establish safe conversion of human fibroblasts into a cardiac fate. Here we aimed to efficiently and safely generate cardiomyocytes from human fibroblasts by direct delivery of reprogramming recombinant cell permeant form of reprogramming proteins followed by cardio-inductive signals. Human fetal and adult fibroblasts were transiently exposed to transactivator of transcription-fused recombinant OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and c-MYC for 2 weeks and then were directly differentiated toward protein-induced cardiomyocyte-like cells (p-iCLCs) in a cardiac fate niche, carried out by treatment with a set of cardiogenic small molecules (sequential treatment of Chir, and IWP-2, SB431542 and purmorphamine)...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506993/mapk-pathway-activation-in-the-embryonic-pituitary-results-in-stem-cell-compartment-expansion-differentiation-defects-and-provides-insights-into-the-pathogenesis-of-papillary-craniopharyngioma
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S Haston, S Pozzi, G Carreno, S Manshaei, L Panousopoulos, J M Gonzalez-Meljem, J R Apps, A Virasami, S Thavaraj, A Gutteridge, T Forshew, R Marais, S Brandner, T S Jacques, C L Andoniadou, J P Martinez-Barbera
Despite the importance of the RAS-RAF-MAPK pathway in normal physiology and disease of numerous organs, its role during pituitary development and tumourigenesis remains largely unknown. Here we show that the over-activation of the MAPK pathway, through conditional expression of the gain-of-function alleles BrafV600E and KrasG12D in the developing mouse pituitary, results in severe hyperplasia and abnormal morphogenesis of the gland by the end of gestation. Cell-lineage commitment and terminal differentiation are disrupted, leading to a significant reduction in numbers of most of the hormone-producing cells before birth, with the exception of corticotrophs...
May 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504716/vegfa-links-self-renewal-and-metastasis-by-inducing-sox2-to-repress-mir-452-driving-slug
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M Kim, K Jang, P Miller, M Picon-Ruiz, T M Yeasky, D El-Ashry, J M Slingerland
Cancer stem cells (CSC) appear to have increased metastatic potential, but mechanisms underlying this are poorly defined. Here we show that VEGFA induction of Sox2 promotes EMT and tumor metastasis. In breast lines and primary cancer culture, VEGFA rapidly upregulates SOX2 expression, leading to SNAI2 induction, EMT, increased invasion and metastasis. We show Sox2 downregulates miR-452, which acts as a novel metastasis suppressor to directly target the SNAI2 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR). VEGFA stimulates Sox2- and Slug-dependent cell invasion...
May 15, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503428/soluble-expression-of-recomb-inant-cmyc-klf4-oct4-and-sox2-proteins-in-bacteria-and-transduction-into-living-cells
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Guo-Dan Liu, Shi-Feng Zhou, Xu-Chen Ding, Chun-Lai Fang, Shu-Yong Mi, Xiang-Chun Gao, Qing Han
AIM: To develop a new method to produce recombinant reprogramming proteins, cMyc, Klf4, Oct4, and Sox2, in soluble format with low cost for the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). METHODS: A short polypeptide sequence derived from the HIV trans-activator of transcription protein (TAT) and the nucleus localization signal (NLS) polypeptide were fused to the N terminus of the reprogramming proteins and they were constructed into pCold-SUMO vector which can extremely improve the solubility of recombinant proteins...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500952/isolation-and-characterization-of-lymphoid-enhancer-factor-1-positive-deciduous-dental-pulp-stem-like-cells-after-transfection-with-a-piggybac-vector-containing-lef1-promoter-driven-selection-markers
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Tomoya Murakami, Issei Saitoh, Masahiro Sato, Emi Inada, Miki Soda, Masataka Oda, Hisanori Domon, Yoko Iwase, Tadashi Sawami, Kazunari Matsueda, Yutaka Terao, Hayato Ohshima, Hirofumi Noguchi, Haruaki Hayasaki
OBJECTIVE: Lymphoid enhancer-binding factor-1 (LEF1) is a 48-kD nuclear protein that is expressed in pre-B and T cells. LEF1 is also an important member of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway that plays important roles in the self-renewal and differentiation of embryonic stem cells. We speculated that LEF1 might function in the stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED). In this study, we attempted to isolate such LEF1-positive cells from human deciduous dental pulp cells (HDDPCs) by genetic engineering technology, using the human LEF1 promoter...
May 7, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500734/differentiation-of-human-olfactory-bulb-derived-neural-stem-cell-towards-oligodendrocyte-development
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H E Marei, Z Shouman, A Althani, N Afifi, A Abd-Elmaksoud, S Lashen, A Hasan, T Caceci, R Rizzi, C Cenciarelli, P Casalbore
In the central nervous system, oligodendrocytes are the glial element in charge of myelin formation. Obtaining an overall presence of oligodendrocyte precursor cells/oligodendrocytes. (OPCs/OLs) in culture from different sources of NSCs is an important research area, because OPCs/OLs may provide a promising therapeutic strategy for diseases affecting myelination of axons. The present study was designed to differentiate human olfactory bulb NSCs (OBNSCs) into OPCs/OLs and using expression profiling (RT-qPCR) gene, immunocytochemistry and specific protein expression to highlight molecular mechanism(s) underlying differentiation of human OBNSCs into OPCs/OLs...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500556/reversing-glioma-malignancy-a-new-look-at-the-role-of-antidepressant-drugs-as-adjuvant-therapy-for-glioblastoma-multiforme
#17
Anna M Bielecka-Wajdman, Marta Lesiak, Tomasz Ludyga, Aleksander Sieroń, Ewa Obuchowicz
PURPOSE: The role of glioma stem cells (GSCs) in cancer progression is currently debated; however, it is hypothesised that this subpopulation is partially responsible for therapeutic resistance observed in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Recent studies have shown that the current treatments not only fail to eliminate the GSC population but even promote GSCs through reprogramming of glioma non-stem cells to stem cells. Since the standard GBM treatment often requires supplementation with adjuvant drugs such as antidepressants, their role in the regulation of the heterogeneous nature of GSCs needs evaluation...
May 12, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499977/human-neural-stem-progenitor-cells-derived-from-the-olfactory-epithelium-express-the-trkb-receptor-and-migrate-in-response-to-bdnf
#18
Leonardo Ortiz-López, Jorge Julio González-Olvera, Nelly Maritza Vega-Rivera, Maria García-Anaya, Ana Karen Carapia-Hernández, Julio César Velázquez-Escobar, Gerardo Bernabé Ramírez-Rodríguez
Neurogenesis constitutively occurs in the olfactory epithelium of mammals, including humans. The fact that new neurons in the adult olfactory epithelium derive from resident neural stem/progenitor cells suggests a potential use for these cells in studies of neural diseases, as well as in neuronal cell replacement therapies. In this regard, some studies have proposed that the human olfactory epithelium is a source of neural stem/progenitor cells for autologous transplantation. Although these potential applications are interesting, it is important to understand the cell biology and/or whether human neural stem/progenitor cells in the olfactory epithelium sense external signals, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), that is also found in other pro-neurogenic microenvironments...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499884/inhibition-of-ubiquitin-specific-protease-34-usp34-induces-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-promotes-stemness-in-mammary-epithelial-cells
#19
Eunhye Oh, Ji Young Kim, Daeil Sung, Youngkwan Cho, Nahyun Lee, Hyunsook An, Yoon-Jae Kim, Tae-Min Cho, Jae Hong Seo
Ubiquitin-specific protease 34 (USP34) is a deubiquitinating enzyme that regulates Axin stability and plays a critical role in Wnt/β-catenin signaling. We sought to investigate the role of USP34 on epithelial-mesenchymal (EMT) induction and its effects on mammary epithelial stem cells. USP34 expression levels were relatively lower in MDA-MB-231 and 4T1 mesenchymal-like cells when compared to epithelial-like cells. Inhibition of USP34 in NMuMG cells induced EMT, as evidenced by the upregulation of EMT markers including N-cadherin, phospho-Smad3, Snail and active-β-catenin, as well as the downregulation of Axin 1 and E-cadherin...
May 10, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498335/the-selective-centrifugation-ensures-a-better-in-vitro-isolation-of-ascs-and-restores-a-soft-tissue-regeneration-in-vivo
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Francesco De Francesco, Antonio Guastafierro, Gianfranco Nicoletti, Sergio Razzano, Michele Riccio, Giuseppe A Ferraro
Autologous fat grafting procedures in plastic surgery have been extensively used to reinforce soft tissue in congenital or acquired tissue impairments. With this background, the aim of this study is firstly to examine the impact of a selective centrifugation on existing adipose stem cells (ASCs) in terms of stemness profile maintenance and, secondly, to investigate the effect of restoring volume in reconstruction on patients affected by soft tissue damage. After centrifugation, the fat graft products were separated into two layers and subsequently examined in vitro for the expression of CD34, CD90, CD117, CD105, CD29, CD31, CD44, CD73, CD133, CD14 and CD45 markers by flow cytometry and gene expression analyses were performed for Sox2, WNT3A, END, CD44, FUT4, COLL1, CTNNB1, hbEGF, KRTLG, MMP2 and VIM genes...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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