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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339301/cultivation-of-human-oral-mucosal-explants-on-contact-lenses
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Barbara Zsebik, László Ujlaky-Nagy, Gergely Losonczy, György Vereb, Lili Takács
Purpose/Aim: Autologous cultivated oral mucosal (OM) epithelial transplantation has been successfully used as corneal epithelial replacement in bilateral limbal stem cell deficiency. Recently, lotrafilcon A contact lens (CL) surface was described as a suitable carrier for cultured stem cells in corneal epithelial transplantation. Our aim was to establish explant cultures from human OM on CL carriers that are free of animal-derived materials and feeder cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human cadaveric 2 mm OM explants were sutured onto CL surfaces and cultivated with fetal calf serum (FCS) or human serum (HS) supplemented culture medium without feeder cells...
March 24, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332752/bovine-trophectoderm-cells-induced-from-bovine-fibroblasts-with-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-reprogramming-factors
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Neil C Talbot, Wendy O Sparks, Caitlin Phillips, Alan D Ealy, Anne M Powell, Thomas J Caperna, Wesley M Garrett, David M Donovan, Le Ann Blomberg
Thirteen independent induced bovine trophectroderm (iBT) cell lines were established by reprogramming bovine fetal liver-derived fibroblasts after viral-vector transduction with either 6 or 8 factors, including POU5F1 (OCT4), KLF4, SOX2, MYC, NANOG, LIN28, SV40 large T antigen, and hTERT.. Light- and electron-microscopy analysis showed that the iBT cells had epithelial cell morphology typical of bovine trophectoderm cells. Reverse-transcription-PCR assays indicated that all of the cell lines expressed interferon-tau (IFNT) at passages 1 or 2...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324485/maintenance-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-sphingosine-1-phosphate-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor
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Raymond C B Wong, Martin F Pera, Alice Pébay
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have historically been cultivated on feeder layers of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) in a medium supplemented with fetal calf serum (FCS). However, serum contains a wide variety of biologically active compounds that might adversely affect hESC growth and differentiation. Thus, cultivation of stem cells in FCS complicates experimental approaches to define the intracellular mechanisms required for hESC maintenance. This chapter describes the serum-free maintenance of hESCs in culture by addition of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321921/insights-into-cell-free-therapeutic-approach-role-of-stem-cell-soup-ernatant
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REVIEW
Shalini Raik, Ajay Kumar, Shalmoli Bhattacharyya
Current advances in medicine have revolutionized the field of regenerative medicine dramatically with newly evolved therapies for repair or replacement of degenerating or injured tissues. Stem cells can be harvested from different sources for clinical therapeutics which include fetal tissues, umbilical cord blood, embryos and adult tissues. Stem cells can be isolated and differentiated into desired lineages for tissue regeneration and cell replacement therapy. However, several loopholes need to be addressed properly before this can be extended for large scale therapeutic application...
March 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304347/plausible-roles-for-rage-in-conditions-exacerbated-by-direct-and-indirect-secondhand-smoke-exposure
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REVIEW
Joshua B Lewis, Kelsey M Hirschi, Juan A Arroyo, Benjamin T Bikman, David L Kooyman, Paul R Reynolds
Approximately 1 billion people smoke worldwide, and the burden placed on society by primary and secondhand smokers is expected to increase. Smoking is the leading risk factor for myriad health complications stemming from diverse pathogenic programs. First- and second-hand cigarette smoke contains thousands of constituents, including several carcinogens and cytotoxic chemicals that orchestrate chronic inflammatory responses and destructive remodeling events. In the current review, we outline details related to compromised pulmonary and systemic conditions related to smoke exposure...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303002/reciprocal-regulation-of-%C3%AE-globin-expression-by-exo-mirnas-relevance-to-%C3%AE-globin-silencing-in-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major
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Kuo-Ting Sun, Yu-Nan Huang, Kalaiselvi Palanisamy, Shih-Sheng Chang, I-Kuan Wang, Kang-Hsi Wu, Ping Chen, Ching-Tien Peng, Chi-Yuan Li
Induction of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) is a promising strategy in the treatment of β-thalassemia major (β-TM). The present study shows that plasma exosomal miRNAs (exo-miRs) are involved in γ-globin regulation. Exosomes shuttle miRNAs and mediate cell-cell communication. MiRNAs are regulators of biological processes through post-transcriptional targeting. Compared to HD (Healthy Donor), β-TM patients showed increased levels of plasma exosomes and the majority of exosomes had cellular origin from CD34+ cells...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297587/efficiently-specified-ventral-midbrain-dopamine-neurons-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-under-xeno-free-conditions-restore-motor-deficits-in-parkinsonian-rodents
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Jonathan C Niclis, Carlos W Gantner, Walaa F Alsanie, Stuart J McDougall, Chris R Bye, Andrew G Elefanty, Edouard G Stanley, John M Haynes, Colin W Pouton, Lachlan H Thompson, Clare L Parish
Recent studies have shown evidence for the functional integration of human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived ventral midbrain dopamine (vmDA) neurons in animal models of Parkinson's disease. Although these cells present a sustainable alternative to fetal mesencephalic grafts, a number of hurdles require attention prior to clinical translation. These include the persistent use of xenogeneic reagents and challenges associated with scalability and storage of differentiated cells. In this study, we describe the first fully defined feeder- and xenogeneic-free protocol for the generation of vmDA neurons from hPSCs and utilize two novel reporter knock-in lines (LMX1A-eGFP and PITX3-eGFP) for in-depth in vitro and in vivo tracking...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292840/using-brain-organoids-to-understand-zika-virus-induced-microcephaly
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Xuyu Qian, Ha Nam Nguyen, Fadi Jacob, Hongjun Song, Guo-Li Ming
Technologies to differentiate human pluripotent stem cells into three-dimensional organized structures that resemble in vivo organs are pushing the frontiers of human disease modeling and drug development. In response to the global health emergency posed by the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak, brain organoids engineered to mimic the developing human fetal brain have been employed to model ZIKV-induced microcephaly. Here, we discuss the advantages of brain organoids over other model systems to study development and highlight recent advances in understanding ZIKV pathophysiology and its underlying pathogenesis mechanisms...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289071/disorganization-of-the-germ-cell-pool-leads-to-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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Ikko Kawashima, Kazuhiro Kawamura
The mammalian ovary is an organ that controls female germ cell development, storing them and releasing mature oocytes for transporting to the oviduct. During the fetal stage, female germ cells change from a proliferative state to meiosis before forming follicles with the potential for growth of surrounding somatic cells. Understanding of molecular and physiological bases of germ cell development in the fetal ovary contributed not only to the elucidation of genetic disorders in primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), but also advancement of novel treatments for patients with POI...
March 13, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288550/four-stages-of-hepatic-hematopoiesis-in-human-embryos-and-fetuses
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D Fanni, F Angotzi, F Lai, C Gerosa, G Senes, V Fanos, G Faa
The liver is a major hematopoietic organ during embryonic and fetal development in humans. Its hematopoietic activity starts during the first weeks of gestation and continues until birth. During this period the liver is colonized by undifferentiated hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that gradually differentiate and once mature, enter the circulatory system through the hepatic sinusoids, this process is called hepatic hematopoiesis. The morphology of hepatic hematopoiesis, has been studied in humans through the years, and led to a characterization of all the cell types that make up these phenomena...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284665/cryopreservation-and-multipotential-characteristics-evaluation-of-a-novel-type-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-small-tailed-han-sheep-fetal-lung-tissue
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Caiyun Ma, Changqing Liu, Xiangchen Li, Taofeng Lu, Chunyu Bai, Yanan Fan, Weijun Guan, Yu Guo
Lung mesenchymal stem cells (L-MSCs) characterized by plasticity, reduced relative immune privilege and high anti-fibrosis characteristics play the crucial role in lung tissue regenerative processes. However, up to date, the multi-differentiation potentials and application values of L-MSCs are still uncertain. In the current study, the Small Tailed Han Sheep embryo L-MSCs line from 12 samples, stocking 124 cryogenically-preserved vials, was successfully established by using primary culture and cell cryopreservation techniques...
March 8, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283910/hyperglycemia-impedes-definitive-endoderm-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-modulating-histone-methylation-patterns
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A C H Chen, Y L Lee, S W Fong, C C Y Wong, E H Y Ng, W S B Yeung
Exposure to maternal diabetes during fetal growth is a risk factor for the development of type II diabetes (T2D) in later life. Discovery of the mechanisms involved in this association should provide valuable background for therapeutic treatments. Early embryogenesis involves epigenetic changes including histone modifications. The bivalent histone methylation marks H3K4me3 and H3K27me3 are important for regulating key developmental genes during early fetal pancreas specification. We hypothesized that maternal hyperglycemia disrupted early pancreas development through changes in histone bivalency...
March 10, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280003/epigenetic-memory-in-response-to-environmental-stressors
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Paolo Vineis, Aristotelis Chatziioannou, Vincent T Cunliffe, James M Flanagan, Mark Hanson, Micheline Kirsch-Volders, Soterios Kyrtopoulos
Exposure to environmental stressors, toxicants, and nutrient deficiencies can affect DNA in several ways. Some exposures cause damage and alter the structure of DNA, but there is increasing evidence that the same or other environmental exposures, including those that occur during fetal development in utero, can cause epigenetic effects that modulate DNA function and gene expression. Some epigenetic changes to DNA that affect gene transcription are at least partially reversible (i.e., they can be enzymatically reversed after cessation of exposure to environmental agents), but some epigenetic modifications seem to persist, even for decades...
March 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279665/multiple-sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-pregnant-mice-inhibits-neurogenesis-of-fetal-hippocampus-via-repressing-transcription-factor-pax6
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Fang Fang, Ruixue Song, Xiaomim Ling, Mengyuan Peng, Zhanggang Xue, Jing Cang
Sevoflurane is widely used in non-obstetric surgeries of pregnant women, but its influences on fetal brain are still not fully known. We set out to assess the effects of multiple maternal sevoflurane exposure on neurogenesis and cognitive dysfunction in fetus and offspring. Pregnant mice (gestational day 15.5) and cultured mouse neural stem cells (NSCs) received daily sevoflurane exposure (2.5%×2h and 4.1%×2h respectively) for three consecutive days. Cognitive function of the offspring was determined with the Morris water maze...
March 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276606/smarca5-snf2h-is-required-for-proliferation-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-differentiating-into-erythroid-and-myeloid-lineages
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Juraj Kokavec, Tomas Zikmund, Filipp Savvulidi, Vojtech Kulvait, Winfried Edelmann, Arthur I Skoultchi, Tomas Stopka
The Imitation Switch (ISWI) nuclear ATPase Smarca5 (Snf2h) is one of the most conserved chromatin remodeling factors. It exists in a variety of oligosubunit complexes that move DNA with respect to the histone octamer to generate regularly spaced nucleosomal arrays. Smarca5 interacts with different accessory proteins and represents a molecular motor for DNA replication, repair and transcription. We deleted Smarca5 at the onset of definitive hematopoiesis (Vav1-iCre) and observed that animals die during late fetal development due to anemia...
March 9, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271030/high-fidelity-glucagon-creer-mouse-line-generated-by-crispr-cas9-assisted-gene-targeting
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Amanda M Ackermann, Jia Zhang, Aryel Heller, Anna Briker, Klaus H Kaestner
OBJECTIVE: α-cells are the second most prominent cell type in pancreatic islets and are responsible for producing glucagon to increase plasma glucose levels in times of fasting. α-cell dysfunction and inappropriate glucagon secretion occur in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Thus, there is growing interest in studying both normal function and pathophysiology of α-cells. However, tools to target gene ablation or activation specifically of α-cells have been limited, compared to those available for β-cells...
March 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267409/myogenic-differentiation-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-fetal-bovine-bone-marrow
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Lucas Hidenori Okamura, Paloma Cordero, Jaime Palomino, Victor Hugo Parraguez, Cristian Gabriel Torres, Oscar Alejandro Peralta
The myogenic potential of bovine fetal MSC (bfMSC) derived from bone marrow (BM) remains unknown; despite its potential application for the study of myogenesis and its implications for livestock production. In the present study, three protocols for in vitro myogenic differentiation of bfMSC based on the use of DNA methyltransferase inhibitor 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza), myoblast-secreted factor Galectin-1 (Gal-1), and myoblast culture medium SkGM-2 BulletKit were used. Plastic-adherent bfMSC were isolated from fetal BM collected from abattoir-derived fetuses...
March 7, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266869/pig-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neural-rosettes-parallel-human-differentiation-into-sensory-neural-subtypes
#18
Robin L Webb, Amalia Gallegos-Cárdenas, Colette N Miller, Nicholas J Solomotis, Hong-Xiang Liu, Franklin D West, Steven L Stice
The pig is the large animal model of choice for study of nerve regeneration and wound repair. Availability of porcine sensory neural cells would conceptually allow for analogous cell-based peripheral nerve regeneration in porcine injuries of similar severity and size to those found in humans. After recently reporting that porcine (or pig) induced pluripotent stem cells (piPSCs) differentiate into neural rosette (NR) structures similar to human NRs, here we demonstrate that pig NR cells could differentiate into neural crest cells and other peripheral nervous system-relevant cell types...
March 7, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266620/two-dimensional-electrophysiological-characterization-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocyte-system
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Huanqi Zhu, Kelsey S Scharnhorst, Adam Z Stieg, James K Gimzewski, Itsunari Minami, Norio Nakatsuji, Haruko Nakano, Atsushi Nakano
Stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes provide a promising tool for human developmental biology, regenerative therapies, disease modeling, and drug discovery. As human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes remain functionally fetal-type, close monitoring of electrophysiological maturation is critical for their further application to biology and translation. However, to date, electrophysiological analyses of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes has largely been limited by biologically undefined factors including 3D nature of embryoid body, sera from animals, and the feeder cells isolated from mouse...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266180/serum-from-plasma-rich-in-growth-factors-regenerates-rabbit-corneas-by-promoting-cell-proliferation-migration-differentiation-adhesion-and-limbal-stemness
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Jaime Etxebarria, Sara Sanz-Lázaro, Raquel Hernáez-Moya, Vanesa Freire, Juan A Durán, María-Celia Morales, Noelia Andollo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the regenerating potential and the mechanisms through which the autologous serum derived from plasma rich in growth factors (s-PRGF) favours corneal wound healing in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: We compared the effect of various concentrations of s-PRGF versus fetal bovine serum (FBS) and control treatment in rabbit primary corneal epithelial and stromal cells and wounded rabbit corneas. Cell proliferation was measured using an enzymatic colorimetric assay...
March 7, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
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