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Amnion epithelial cells

Yanfei Deng, Guiting Huang, Lingxiu Zou, Tianying Nong, Xiaoling Yang, Jiayu Cui, Yingming Wei, Sufang Yang, Deshun Shi
Amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) from livestock are valuable resources for animal reproduction and veterinary therapeutic. The purpose of this study is to explore a suitable way to isolate and culture the buffalo AMSCs (bAMSCs), and to identify their biological characteristics. Digestion with a combination of trypsin-EDTA and collagenase type I could obtain pure bAMSCs more effectively than trypsin-EDTA or collagenase type I alone. bAMSCs could proliferate steadily in vitro culture and exhibited fibroblastic-like morphology in vortex-shaped colony...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Megan A Evans, Rebecca Lim, Hyun Ah Kim, Hannah X Chu, Chantelle V Gardiner-Mann, Kimberly W E Taylor, Christopher T Chan, Vanessa H Brait, Seyoung Lee, Quynh Nhu Dinh, Antony Vinh, Thanh G Phan, Velandai K Srikanth, Henry Ma, Thiruma V Arumugam, David Y Fann, Luting Poh, Cameron P J Hunt, Colin W Pouton, John M Haynes, Stavros Selemidis, William Kwan, Leon Teo, James A Bourne, Silke Neumann, Sarah Young, Emma K Gowing, Grant R Drummond, Andrew N Clarkson, Euan M Wallace, Christopher G Sobey, Brad R S Broughton
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Human amnion epithelial cells (hAECs) are nonimmunogenic, nontumorigenic, anti-inflammatory cells normally discarded with placental tissue. We reasoned that their profile of biological features, wide availability, and the lack of ethical barriers to their use could make these cells useful as a therapy in ischemic stroke. METHODS: We tested the efficacy of acute (1.5 hours) or delayed (1-3 days) poststroke intravenous injection of hAECs in 4 established animal models of cerebral ischemia...
March 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Hiroaki Moroi, Tomomi Kotani, Rika Miki, Hiroyuki Tsuda, Masako Mizuno, Yumiko Ito, Takafumi Ushida, Kenji Imai, Tomoko Nakano, Hua Li, Seiji Sumigama, Eiko Yamamoto, Akira Iwase, Fumitaka Kikkawa
Spontaneous preterm birth is often caused by chorioamnionitis. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have a role in the response of the innate immune system. The role of TLR5 in chorioamnionitis remains unclear: however, TLR5 was reported to have a significantly stronger effect on the induction of interleukin (IL)-6 when compared with other TLRs in amniotic epithelial cells. The aim of this study was to investigate TLR5 expression in placentas with preterm histologic chorioamnionitis (HCA). The expression levels of TLR5 were evaluated in the amnions, chorions, deciduae and villi with and without HCA using immunohistochemistry...
January 2018: Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
Julieta L Maymó, Rodrigo Riedel, Antonio Pérez-Pérez, Marta Magatti, Bernardo Maskin, José Luis Dueñas, Ornella Parolini, Víctor Sánchez-Margalet, Cecilia L Varone
Stem cells derived from placental tissues are an attractive source of cells for regenerative medicine. Amniotic epithelial cells isolated from human amnion (hAECs) have desirable and competitive characteristics that make them stand out between other stem cells. They have the ability to differentiate toward all three germ layers, they are not tumorigenic and they have immunosuppressive properties. Although liver transplantation is the best way to treat acute and chronic hepatic failure patients, there are several obstacles...
2018: PloS One
Jean L Tan, Sin N Lau, Bryan Leaw, Hong P T Nguyen, Lois A Salamonsen, Mohamed I Saad, Siow T Chan, Dandan Zhu, Mirja Krause, Carla Kim, William Sievert, Euan M Wallace, Rebecca Lim
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is characterized by chronic inflammation, severe scarring, and stem cell senescence. Stem cell-based therapies modulate inflammatory and fibrogenic pathways by release of soluble factors. Stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles should be explored as a potential therapy for IPF. Human amnion epithelial cell-derived exosomes (hAEC Exo) were isolated and compared against human lung fibroblasts exosomes. hAEC Exo were assessed as a potential therapy for lung fibrosis. Exosomes were isolated and evaluated for their protein and miRNA cargo...
January 3, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Fatemeh A Tehrani, Khashayar Modaresifar, Sara Azizian, Hassan Niknejad
Due to antibacterial characteristic, amnion has been frequently used in different clinical situations. Developing an in vitro method to augment endogenous antibacterial ingredient of amniotic epithelial and mesenchymal stem cells is desirable for a higher efficacy of this promising biomaterial. In this study, epithelial or mesenchymal side dependent effect of amniotic membrane (AM) on antibacterial activity against some laboratory and clinical isolated strains was investigated by modified disk diffusion method and colony count assay...
December 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Guiling Wang, Feng Zhao, Di Yang, Jing Wang, Lihong Qiu, Xining Pang
Since the beginning of the use of stem cells in tissue regenerative medicine, there has been a search for optimal sources of stem cells. Human amniotic epithelial cells (hAECs) are derived from human amnions, which are typically discarded as medical waste, but were recently found to include cells with trilineage differentiation potential in vitro. Previous study has focused on the osteogenic differentiation ability of hAECs as seed cells in bone regeneration; however, their paracrine effects on osteoblasts (OBs) are yet to be elucidated...
February 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Christopher Luke Dixon, Lauren Richardson, Samantha Sheller-Miller, George Saade, Ramkumar Menon
PROBLEM: We investigated p38MAPK activation-induced fetal membrane cell senescence in response to inflammation (tumour necrosis factor-alpha [TNF-α]) and infection (lipopolysaccharide [LPS]), factors associated with spontaneous preterm birth. METHOD OF STUDY: Primary amnion epithelial cells (AECs) were exposed to TNF-α, 50 ng/mL and LPS, 100 ng/mL. Cigarette smoke extract (CSE), a known OS inducer, was used as positive control. AECs were cotreated with the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and p38MAPK inhibitor SB203580 to determine the effect of OS and p38MAPK...
March 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
J L Yao, Q Z He, M Liu, X W Chang, J T Wu, T Duan, K Wang
BACKGROUND: The deleterious effects of cannabis consumption for fertility and pregnancy outcome are recognized for years. The main psychoactive molecule of cannabis, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is able to cross the placenta barrier and cause alterations in fetal growth, low birth weight and preterm labor. However, the effects of THC on the human placenta amnion are still unknown. METHODS: The distributions of CB1R and CB2R in human amnion tissues were observed by immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
February 1, 2018: Toxicology
Angela Lemke, James Ferguson, Kelly Gross, Carina Penzenstadler, Monika Bradl, Rupert Laurenz Mayer, Christopher Gerner, Heinz Redl, Susanne Wolbank
Peripheral nerve fibrosis and painful adhesions are common, recurring pathological sequelae following injury. In this study, vital human amnion (hAM), an increasingly interesting biomaterial for regenerative medicine, was investigated as a novel therapy. hAM was first analyzed in vitro regarding its anti-adhesive characteristics. Then, the reflected region of hAM which was identified as more suitable, was transplanted into female Sprague Dawley rats with recurring sciatic nerve scarring (n = 24) and compared with untreated controls (n = 30) at one, four and twelve weeks...
January 15, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Alana Westover, Jacqueline M Melville, Courtney McDonald, Rebecca Lim, Graham Jenkin, Euan M Wallace, Timothy J Moss
Intra-amniotic (IA) lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injection in sheep induces inflammation in the fetus. Human amnion epithelial cells (hAECs) moderate the effect of IA LPS on fetal development, but their influence on the acute inflammatory response to IA LPS is unknown. We aimed to determine the effects of hAECs on the acute fetal inflammatory response to IA LPS. After surgical instrumentation at 116 days' gestation (d) ewes were randomized to 1 of 4 groups at 123 d: IA LPS (10 mg) and intravenous (IV) saline ( n = 8), IA LPS and IV hAECs ( n = 6), IA saline and IV saline ( n = 5) or IA saline and IV hAECs ( n = 5)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Dandan Zhu, Jean Tan, Amina S Maleken, Ruth Muljadi, Siow T Chan, Sin N Lau, Kirstin Elgass, Bryan Leaw, Joanne Mockler, Daniel Chambers, Kristen T Leeman, Carla F Kim, Euan M Wallace, Rebecca Lim
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in neonatal care, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) remains a significant contributor to infant mortality and morbidity. While human amnion epithelial cells (hAECs) have shown promise in small and large animal models of BPD, there is scarce information on long-term benefit and clinically relevant questions surrounding administration strategy remain unanswered. In assessing the therapeutic potential of hAECs, we investigated the impact of cell dosage, administration routes and timing of treatment in a pre-clinical model of BPD...
November 10, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Majid Alhomrani, Jeanne Correia, Marcus Zavou, Bryan Leaw, Nathan Kuk, Rong Xu, Mohamed I Saad, Alexander Hodge, David W Greening, Rebecca Lim, William Sievert
Background: Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are the primary collagen-secreting cells in the liver. While HSCs are the major cell type involved in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis, hepatic macrophages also play an important role in mediating fibrogenesis and fibrosis resolution. Previously, we observed a reduction in HSC activation, proliferation, and collagen synthesis following exposure to human amnion epithelial cells (hAEC) and hAEC-conditioned media (hAEC-CM). This suggested that specific factors secreted by hAEC might be effective in ameliorating liver fibrosis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Haruta Mogami, Annavarapu Hari Kishore, Yucel Akgul, R Ann Word
Preterm premature rupture of membrane (pPROM) is associated with 30-40% of preterm births. Infection is considered a leading cause of pPROM due to increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines in amniotic fluid. Only 30%, however, are positive for microbial organisms by amniotic fluid culture. Interestingly, in some pregnancies complicated by preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM), membranes heal spontaneously and pregnancy continues until term. Here, we investigated mechanisms of amnion healing. Using a preclinical mouse model, we found that small ruptures of the fetal membrane closed within 72 h whereas healing of large ruptures was only 40%...
October 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
Marion Rouzaire, Aurélie Comptour, Corinne Belville, Damien Bouvier, Vincent Sapin, Denis Gallot, Loïc Blanchon
INTRODUCTION: The preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is a frequent pathology responsible of more than 30% of preterm births. Tobacco smoking is one of the most frequently described risk factors identified and contributes to the pre term weakening of fetal membranes. As previously demonstrated, all-trans retinoic acid (atRA) regulates several genes involved in the extracellular matrix dynamics, an essential actor in fetal membrane ruptures. We hypothesized that cigarette smoke may affect this pathway in human amnion...
October 2017: Placenta
Sean V Murphy, Aleksander Skardal, Lujie Song, Khiry Sutton, Rebecca Haug, David L Mack, John Jackson, Shay Soker, Anthony Atala
The early and effective treatment of wounds is vital to ensure proper wound closure and healing with appropriate functional and cosmetic outcomes. The use of human amnion membranes for wound care has been shown to be safe and effective. However, the difficulty in handling and placing thin sheets of membrane, and the high costs associated with the use of living cellularized tissue has limited the clinical application of amniotic membrane wound healing products. Here, we describe a novel amnion membrane-derived product, processed to result in a cell-free solution, while maintaining high concentrations of cell-derived cytokines and growth factors...
November 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Martin Kang, Bernard Thébaud
Lung diseases remain one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in neonates. Cell therapy and regenerative medicine have the potential to revolutionize the management of life-threatening and debilitating lung diseases that currently lack effective treatments. Over the past decade, the repair capabilities of stem/progenitor cells have been harnessed to prevent/rescue lung damage in experimental neonatal lung diseases. Mesenchymal stromal cells and amnion epithelial cells exert pleiotropic effects and represent ideal therapeutic cells for bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a multifactorial disease...
October 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
Lotte G van den Heuij, Mhoyra Fraser, Suzanne L Miller, Graham Jenkin, Euan M Wallace, Joanne O Davidson, Christopher A Lear, Rebecca Lim, Guido Wassink, Alistair J Gunn, Laura Bennet
Perinatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury remains highly associated with neurodevelopmental disability after preterm birth. There is increasing evidence that disability is linked with impaired white matter maturation, but there is no specific treatment. In this study, we evaluated whether, in preterm fetal sheep, delayed intranasal infusion of human amnion epithelial cells (hAECs) given 1, 3 and 10 days after severe HI, induced by umbilical cord occlusion for 25 min, can restore white matter maturation or reduce delayed cell loss...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Rebecca Lim, Alexander Hodge, Gregory Moore, Euan M Wallace, William Sievert
Liver cirrhosis is the 6th leading cause of death in adults aged 15-59 years in high-income countries. For many who progress to cirrhosis, the only prospect for survival is liver transplantation. While there is some indication that mesenchymal stem cells may be useful in reversing established liver fibrosis, there are limitations to their widespread use - namely their rarity, the need for extensive serial passaging and the associated potential for genomic instability and cellular senescence. To this end, we propose the use of allogeneic amnion epithelial cells...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Rita Sharshiner, Robert A Brace, Cecilia Y Cheung
INTRODUCTION: Studies in animal models have shown that unidirectional vesicular transport of amniotic fluid across the amnion plays a primary role in regulating amniotic fluid volume. Our objective was to explore vesicle type, vesicular uptake and intracellular distribution of vesicles in human amnion cells using high- and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. METHODS: Placental amnion was obtained at cesarean section and amnion cells were prepared and cultured...
September 2017: Placenta
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