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Transcription factor tissue engineering

Ying Gan, Wanru Ma, Xiuhong Wang, Juanli Qiao, Baozhen Zhang, Chenghua Cui, Zhaojun Liu, Dajun Deng
Objective: To investigate the relationship between the transcription of ANRIL , P15 , P14 and P16 at the same locus and the regulation mechanism of ANRIL . Methods: Publicly available database of Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) was used in bioinformatic analyses. Methylation of CpG islands was detected by denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC). Gene transcript levels were determined using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assays...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
Amy E Campbell, Sean C Shadle, Sujatha Jagannathan, Jong-Won Lim, Rebecca Resnick, Rabi Tawil, Silvère M van der Maarel, Stephen J Tapscott
The DUX4 transcription factor is encoded by a retrogene embedded in each unit of the D4Z4 macrosatellite repeat. DUX4 is normally expressed in the cleavage-stage embryo, whereas chromatin repression prevents DUX4 expression in most somatic tissues. Failure of this repression causes facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) due to mis-expression of DUX4 in skeletal muscle. In this study, we used CRISPR/Cas9 engineered chromatin immunoprecipitation (enChIP) locus-specific proteomics to characterize D4Z4-associated proteins...
March 13, 2018: ELife
Yi-Feng Wu, Yu Zhao, Xin-Yan Liu, Shuai Gao, Ai-Xia Cheng, Hong-Xiang Lou
Liverworts, a section of the bryophyte plants which pioneered the colonization of terrestrial habitats, produce cyclic bisbibenzyls as a secondary metabolite. These compounds are generated via the phenylpropanoid pathway, similar with flavonoid biosynthesis for which bHLH transcription factors have been identified as one of the improtant regulators in higher plants. Here, a bHLH homolog (PabHLH) was isolated from the liverwort species Plagiochasma appendiculatum and its contribution to bisbibenzyl biosynthesis was explored...
March 8, 2018: Plant & Cell Physiology
Tingting Ai, Jieni Zhang, Xuedong Wang, Xiaowen Zheng, Xueyan Qin, Qian Zhang, Weiran Li, Wei Hu, Jiuxiang Lin, Feng Chen
Among the various sources of human autologous stem cells, stem cells isolated from dental tissues exhibit excellent properties in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. However, the distinct potential of these odontogenic cell lines remains unclear. In this study, we analyzed DNA methylation patterns to determine whether specific differences existed among three different odontogenic cell types. Using the HumanMethylation450 Beadchip, the whole genomes of human dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs), and dental follicle progenitor cells (DFPCs) were compared...
2018: Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy
Katrin Schelleckes, Boris Schmitz, Malte Lenders, Mirja Mewes, Stefan-Martin Brand, Eva Brand
KIBRA has been suggested as a key regulator of the hippo pathway, regulating organ size, cell contact inhibition as well as tissue regeneration and tumorigenesis. Recently, alterations of KIBRA expression caused by promotor methylation have been reported for several types of cancer. Our current study aimed to design an artificial transcription factor capable of re-activating expression of the tumor suppressor KIBRA and the hippo pathway. We engineered a new gene named 'ZFP226' encoding for a ~23 kDa fusion protein...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yuejun Wang, Yunsong Liu, Min Zhang, Longwei Lv, Xiao Zhang, Ping Zhang, Yongsheng Zhou
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a reliable resource for bone regeneration and tissue engineering, but the molecular mechanisms of differentiation remain unclear. The tumor antigen 15-leucine-rich repeat containing membrane protein (LRRC15) is a transmembrane protein demonstrated to play important roles in cancer. However, little is known about its role in osteogenesis. This study was to evaluate the functions of LRRC15 in osteogenic differentiation of MSCs. METHODS: Osteogenic-induction treatment and the ovariectomized (OVX) model were performed to investigate the potential relationship between LRRC15 and MSC osteogenesis...
March 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Mei Xu, Xiaoling Xie, Xuhui Dong, Guoqing Liang, Lin Gan
LHX3, a LIM-homeodomain transcription factor, is broadly expressed in the developing pituitary, spinal cord, medulla, retina and inner ear, and plays essential roles during embryonic development. Mice with homozygous Lhx3 null mutation exhibit failure in the formation of pituitary gland and die perinatally. To facilitate the functional study of Lhx3 in mice, we engineered and characterized two novel Lhx3 mouse strains: Lhx3GFP reporter knock-in and Lhx3loxP conditional knockout mice. Co-immunolabeling of LHX3 and GFP shows that the expression pattern of the knock-in GFP reporter recapitulates that of endogenous LHX3 in cochlea, vestibule, retina, and spinal cord...
March 6, 2018: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
Bing-Li Bai, Zhong-Jie Xie, She-Ji Weng, Zong-Yi Wu, Hang Li, Zhou-Shan Tao, Viraj Boodhun, De-Yi Yan, Zi-Jian Shen, Jia-Hao Tang, Lei Yang
Chitosan Oligosaccharide (COS) has been widely used for the systemic treatment of clinical diseases such as bone tissue engineering. However, its influence on osteoclast formation, which plays a critical role in bone homeostasis, has never been investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of chitosan oligosaccharide on differentiation of osteoclast. Using cell counting kit-8, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase staining, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction assay and western blot analysis, we demonstrated that chitosan oligosaccharide cannot inhibit RANKL-induced osteoclast precursor proliferation but does promote osteoclast differentiation by stimulating the activation of p38/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)/MAPK, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)/MAPK and protein kinase B (AKT) without affecting nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kB) signaling pathways...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Irene Mencía Castaño, Caroline M Curtin, Garry Paul Duffy, Fergal J O'Brien
MicroRNA (miRNA) therapeutics are increasingly being developed to either target bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis or as the basis for novel bone tissue engineering strategies. A number of miRNAs have been reported as potential osteo-therapeutics but no consensus has yet been established on the optimal target. miR-16 has been studied extensively in non-osteogenic functions and used as functionality reporter target in the development of non-viral microRNA delivery platforms. This study hypothesised that miR-16 may also play an inhibitory role in osteogenesis due to its ability to directly target Smad5 & AcvR2a...
February 28, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Qing Liu, Lei Lei, Tao Yu, Ting Jiang, Yunqing Kang
During bone growth, the lack of a neuralized vascular network in the regenerating area can affect subsequent bone quality. This study aimed to investigate if brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) could promote neurogenesis and osteogenesis in human bone mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) to improve bone formation during tissue engineering. Initially, a safe and effective BDNF concentration that facilitated hBMSC proliferation in vitro was determined. Subsequently, examination of mineralized nodule formation and evaluation of ALP activity and ALP gene expression revealed that the most effective concentration of BDNF to elicit a response in hBMSCs was 100 ng/mL...
February 28, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Seyed Ehsan Enderami, Mousa Kehtari, Mohammad Foad Abazari, Pegah Ghoraeian, Maryam Nouri Aleagha, Fatemeh Soleimanifar, Masoud Soleimani, Yousef Mortazavi, Samad Nadri, Hossein Mostafavi, Hassan Askari
Pancreatic tissue engineering as a therapeutic option for restoring and maintenance of damaged pancreas function has a special focus to using synthetic Scaffolds. This study was designed to evaluate pancreatic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) on poly-L-lactic acid and polyvinyl alcohol (PLLA/PVA) scaffolds as 3 D matrix. During differentiation process, morphology of cells gradually changed and iPSCs derived insulin producing cells (iPSCs-IPCs) formed spherical shaped cell aggregation that was the typical shape of islets of pancreas...
February 27, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Yanbo Fan, Haocheng Lu, Wenying Liang, Minerva T Garcia-Barrio, Yanhong Guo, Ji Zhang, Tianqing Zhu, Yibai Hao, Jifeng Zhang, Y E Chen
<u>Rationale:</u> Post-ischemic angiogenesis is critical to limit the ischemic tissue damage and improve the blood flow recovery. The regulation and the underlying molecular mechanisms of post-ischemic angiogenesis are not fully unraveled. Transcription factor-EB (TFEB) is emerging as a master gene for autophagy and lysosome biogenesis. However, the role of TFEB in vascular disease is less understood. <u>Objective:</u> We aimed to determine the role of endothelial TFEB in post-ischemic angiogenesis and its underlying molecular mechanism...
February 21, 2018: Circulation Research
Min Chen, Xiao Liu, Shenghui Jiang, Binbin Wen, Chao Yang, Wei Xiao, Xiling Fu, Dongmei Li, Xiude Chen, Dongsheng Gao, Ling Li
Peach is an ideal species for fruit tree research because of its small, fully sequenced genome. Chloroplast development is dependent on the tight cooperation between the nuclear and plastid genomes, and is regulated by GLK transcription factors. In this work, the pigment content was monitored and the chloroplast-to-chromoplast conversion during the fruit ripening was visualized by transmission electron microscopy. Localization and expression analyses showed that PpGLK1 was located in the nucleus and expressed mainly in the leaves and fruit skin...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Chen Chen, Alejandro Soto-Gutierrez, Pedro M Baptista, Bart Spee
The incidence of liver disease is increasing globally. The only curative therapy for severe end-stage liver disease, liver transplantation, is limited by the shortage of organ donors. In vitro models of liver physiology have been developed and new technologies and approaches are progressing rapidly. Stem cells might be used as a source of liver tissue for development of models, therapies, and tissue-engineering applications. However, we have been unable to generate and maintain stable and mature adult liver cells ex vivo...
February 8, 2018: Gastroenterology
Lin Ho, Shan-Hui Hsu
3D bioprinting is a technique which enables the direct printing of biodegradable materials with cells into 3D tissue. So far there is no cell reprogramming in situ performed with the 3D bioprinting process. Forkhead box D3 (FoxD3) is a transcription factor and neural crest marker, which was reported to reprogram human fibroblasts into neural crest stem-like cells. In this study, we synthesized a new biodegradable thermo-responsive waterborne polyurethane (PU) gel as a bioink. FoxD3 plasmids and human fibroblasts were co-extruded with the PU hydrogel through the syringe needle tip for cell reprogramming...
February 6, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Jing Zhou, Yangheng Zhang, Lingjun Li, Huangmei Fu, Wenrong Yang, Fuhua Yan
Objective: It is a great challenge to absorb and conduct biophysicochemical interactions at the nano-bio interface. Peptides are emerging as versatile materials whose function can be programmed to perform specific tasks. Peptides combined nanoparticles might be utilized as a new approach of treatment. Human β-defensin 3 (hBD3), possesses both antimicrobial and proregeneration properties. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have shown promising applications in the field of tissue engineering. However, the coordinating effects of AuNPs and hBD3 on human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) remain unknown...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Eric James, Emily Van Doren, Chunmei Li, David L Kaplan
Silk-based bioresorbable medical devices, such as screws, plates and rods, have been under investigation due to their promising properties for orthopedic repairs. Options to functionalize these devices for enhanced control of bone regeneration would also exploit the compatible processing methods used to generate the devices. MicroRNAs are important regulators of bone maintenance and formation, and miRNA-based therapeutics have the potential to aid bone repair, utilizing a transient therapeutic approach with local bioactivity...
February 7, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Gargi Maity, Inamul Haque, Arnab Ghosh, Gopal Dhar, Vijayalaxmi G Gupta, Sandipto Sarkar, Imaan Azeem, Douglas McGregor, Abhishek Choudhary, Donald R Campbell, Suman Kambhampati, Sushanta K Banerjee, Snigdha Banerjee
Myc-associated zinc-finger protein (MAZ) is a transcription factor with dual roles in transcription initiation and termination. Deregulation of MAZ expression is associated with the progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, the mechanism of action of MAZ in PDAC progression is largely unknown. Here, we present evidence that MAZ mRNA expression and protein levels are increased in human PDAC cell lines, tissue samples, a subcutaneous tumor xenograft in a nude mouse model, and spontaneous cancer in the genetically engineered PDAC mouse model...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Maha A Qadan, Nicolas S Piuzzi, Cynthia Boehm, Wesley Bova, Malcolm Moos, Ronald J Midura, Vincent C Hascall, Christopher Malcuit, George F Muschler
BACKGROUND AIMS: Connective tissue progenitors (CTPs) embody the heterogeneous stem and progenitor cell populations present in native tissue. CTPs are essential to the formation and remodeling of connective tissue and represent key targets for tissue-engineering and cell-based therapies. To better understand and characterize CTPs, we aimed to compare the (i) concentration and prevalence, (ii) early in vitro biological behavior and (iii) expression of surface-markers and transcription factors among cells derived from marrow space (MS), trabecular surface (TS), and adipose tissues (AT)...
March 2018: Cytotherapy
Armin Kraus, Ronald Luetzenberg, Nauras Abuagela, Siri Hollenberg, Manfred Infanger
Background: For tendon tissue engineering, tenocyte-seeded scaffolds are a promising approach. Under conventional 2D culture however, tenocytes show rapid senescene and phenotype loss. We hypothesized that phenotype loss could be counteracted by simulated microgravity conditions. Methods: Human tenocytes were exposed to microgravity for 9 days on a Random Positioning Machine (RPM). Formation of 3D-structures (spheroids) was observed under light microscopy, gene expression was measured by real-time PCR...
July 2017: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
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