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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091290/combinatorial-genetics-in-liver-repopulation-and-carcinogenesis-with-a-novel-in-vivo-crispr-activation-platform
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Kirk J Wangensteen, Yue J Wang, Zhixun Dou, Amber W Wang, Elham Mosleh-Shirazi, Max A Horlbeck, Luke A Gilbert, Jonathan S Weissman, Shelley L Berger, Klaus H Kaestner
CRISPR/Cas9 activation (CRISPRa) systems have enabled genetic screens in cultured cells lines to discover and characterize drivers and inhibitors of cancer cell growth. We adapted this system for use in vivo to assess whether modulating endogenous gene expression levels can result in functional outcomes in the native environment of the liver. We engineered the dCas9(+) mouse, a Cre-inducible CRISPRa system for cell type-specific gene activation in vivo. We tested the capacity for genetic screening in live animals by applying CRISPRa in a clinically relevant model of liver injury and repopulation...
November 1, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051147/organic-anion-transporting-polypeptides-oatps-mediated-drug-drug-interaction-study-between-rosuvastatin-and-cyclosporine-a-in-chimeric-mice-with-humanized-liver
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Masashi Uchida, Yoriko Tajima, Masakazu Kakuni, Yutaka Kageyama, Taro Okada, Eri Sakudara, Chise Tateno, Ryoji Hayashi
The influence of transporters on the pharmacokinetics of drugs is being increasingly recognized, and DDIs via transporters may be a risk factor for adverse events. Cyclosporine A, a strong OATP-inhibitor, has been reported to increase the systemic exposure of rosuvastatin, an OATP-substrate, by 7.1-fold in clinical studies. PXB-mice are chimeric mice with humanized livers that are highly repopulated with human hepatocytes, and have been widely used for drug discovery in DMPK studies. In the present study, we examined in vivo and in vitro DDIs between rosuvastatin and cyclosporine A in PXB-mice and fresh human hepatocytes (PXB-cells) obtained from PXB-mice...
October 19, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032169/survival-advantage-of-both-human-hepatocyte-xenografts-and-genome-edited-hepatocytes-for-treatment-of-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
#3
Florie Borel, Qiushi Tang, Gwladys Gernoux, Cynthia Greer, Ziqiong Wang, Adi Barzel, Mark A Kay, Leonard D Shultz, Dale L Greiner, Terence R Flotte, Michael A Brehm, Christian Mueller
Hepatocytes represent an important target for gene therapy and editing of single-gene disorders. In α-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, one missense mutation results in impaired secretion of AAT. In most patients, lung damage occurs due to a lack of AAT-mediated protection of lung elastin from neutrophil elastase. In some patients, accumulation of misfolded PiZ mutant AAT protein triggers hepatocyte injury, leading to inflammation and cirrhosis. We hypothesized that correcting the Z mutant defect in hepatocytes would confer a selective advantage for repopulation of hepatocytes within an intact liver...
November 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017397/liver-scaffolds-support-survival-and-metabolic-function-of-multilineage-neonatal-allogenic-cells
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Wessam Hassanein, Arielle Cimeno, Avraham Werdesheim, Bryan Buckingham, Joshua Harrison, Mehmet C Uluer, Ali Khalifeh, Carlos Rivera-Pratts, Stephen Klepfer, Jhade D Woodall, Urmil Dhru, Elliot Bromberg, Dawn Parsell, Cinthia Drachenberg, Rolf N Barth, John C LaMattina
Organ scaffold bioengineering is currently limited by the inability to effectively repopulate the scaffold with appropriately distributed functional cells. We examined the feasibility of a decellularized liver scaffold to support the growth and function of multilineage allogenic cells derived from either adult or neonatal liver cells. Cell slurries from neonatal and adult rat livers containing hepatocytes, cholangiocytes, and endothelial cells were introduced into decellularized adult rat liver scaffolds via the bile duct...
October 10, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807057/inhibitory-effects-of-hnf4%C3%AE-on-migration-maltransformation-of-hepatic-progenitors-hnf4%C3%AE-overexpressing-hepatic-progenitors-for-liver-repopulation
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Ping Wang, Min Cong, Tianhui Liu, Hufeng Xu, Lin Wang, Guangyong Sun, Aiting Yang, Dong Zhang, Jian Huang, Yameng Sun, Wenshan Zhao, Hong Ma, Jidong Jia, Hong You
BACKGROUND: Although they are expandable in vitro, hepatic progenitors are immature cells and share many immunomarkers with hepatocellular carcinoma, raising potential concerns regarding maltransformation after transplantation. This study investigated the effects of hepatic nuclear factor (HNF) 4α on the proliferation, migration, and maltransformation of hepatic progenitors and determined the feasibility of using these manipulated cells for transplantation. METHODS: The effects of HNF4α on rat hepatic progenitors (i...
August 14, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755199/fah-knockout-animals-as-models-for-therapeutic-liver-repopulation
#6
Markus Grompe
Several animal models of Fah deficiency have been developed, including mice, pigs and most recently rats. Initially, the murine models were developed with the intent to mirror the human disease for pathophysiologic and therapeutic studies. However, it soon became apparent that Fah-positive hepatocytes have a potent selective growth advantage in mutant liver and can extensively repopulate the diseased organ. For this reason, Fah mutant mice have become a workhorse for liver biology and are widely used in liver stem cell and hepatic gene therapy research...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749819/engraftment-and-repopulation-potential-of-late-gestation-fetal-rat-hepatocytes
#7
Joan M Boylan, Heather Francois-Vaughan, Philip A Gruppuso, Jennifer A Sanders
BACKGROUND: The limited availability of donor organs has led to a search for alternatives to liver transplantation to restore liver function and bridge patients to transplantation. We have shown that the proliferation of late gestation (embryonic day 19) fetal rat hepatocytes is mitogen-independent and that mechanisms regulating mRNA translation, cell cycle progression, and gene expression differ from those of adult rat hepatocytes. In the present study, we investigated whether E19 fetal hepatocytes can engraft and repopulate an injured adult liver...
October 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738402/biodistribution-of-liver-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-after-peripheral-injection-in-a-hemophilia-a-patient
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Etienne M Sokal, Catherine Anne Lombard, Véronique Roelants, Mustapha Najimi, Sharat Varma, Camillo Sargiacomo, Joachim Ravau, Giuseppe Mazza, François Jamar, Julia Versavau, Vanessa Jacobs, Marc Jacquemin, Stéphane Eeckhoudt, Catherine Lambert, Xavier Stéphenne, Françoise Smets, Cédric Hermans
BACKGROUND: With the exception of liver transplantation, there is no cure for hemophilia, which is currently managed by preemptive replacement therapy. Liver-derived stem cells are in clinical development for inborn and acquired liver diseases and could represent a curative treatment for hemophilia A. The liver is a major factor VIII (FVIII) synthesis site, and mesenchymal stem cells have been shown to control joint bleeding in animal models of hemophilia. Adult-derived human liver stem cells (ADHLSCs) have mesenchymal characteristics and have been shown able to engraft in and repopulate both animal and human livers...
August 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735385/preparation-of-decellularized-liver-scaffolds-and-recellularized-liver-grafts
#9
Yibin Chen, Sharon Geerts, Maria Jaramillo, Basak E Uygun
Severe liver disease is the 12th leading cause of death in the USA, with organ transplantation often being the only viable option for treatment. However, due to the shortage of viable donor livers, it is estimated that over 1200 patients died in 2015 while waiting for liver transplantation. This highlights the need for alternative sources of viable organs. In this study, we describe a method that provides the groundwork for the development of functional liver grafts. The approach described here is for removal of cells from intact livers and subsequently repopulating them with functional liver cells...
July 23, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717194/rapid-production-of-human-liver-scaffolds-for-functional-tissue-engineering-by-high-shear-stress-oscillation-decellularization
#10
Giuseppe Mazza, Walid Al-Akkad, Andrea Telese, Lisa Longato, Luca Urbani, Benjamin Robinson, Andrew Hall, Kenny Kong, Luca Frenguelli, Giusi Marrone, Oliver Willacy, Mohsen Shaeri, Alan Burns, Massimo Malago, Janet Gilbertson, Nigel Rendell, Kevin Moore, David Hughes, Ioan Notingher, Gavin Jell, Armando Del Rio Hernandez, Paolo De Coppi, Krista Rombouts, Massimo Pinzani
The development of human liver scaffolds retaining their 3-dimensional structure and extra-cellular matrix (ECM) composition is essential for the advancement of liver tissue engineering. We report the design and validation of a new methodology for the rapid and accurate production of human acellular liver tissue cubes (ALTCs) using normal liver tissue unsuitable for transplantation. The application of high shear stress is a key methodological determinant accelerating the process of tissue decellularization while maintaining ECM protein composition, 3D-architecture and physico-chemical properties of the native tissue...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694332/the-ets2-repressor-factor-erf-is-required-for-effective-primitive-and-definitive-hematopoiesis
#11
Ioanna Peraki, James Palis, George Mavrothalassitis
Erf is a gene for a ubiquitously expressed Ets DNA-binding domain-containing transcriptional repressor. Erf haploinsufficiency causes craniosynostosis in humans and mice, while its absence in mice leads to failed chorioallantoic fusion and death at embryonic day 10.5 (E10.5). In this study, we show that Erf is required in all three waves of embryonic hematopoiesis. Mice lacking Erf in the embryo proper exhibited severe anemia and died around embryonic day 14.5. Erf epiblast-specific knockout embryos had reduced numbers of circulating blood cells from E9...
October 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659616/a-novel-humanized-mouse-lacking-murine-p450-oxidoreductase-for-studying-human-drug-metabolism
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Mercedes Barzi, Francis P Pankowicz, Barry Zorman, Xing Liu, Xavier Legras, Diane Yang, Malgorzata Borowiak, Beatrice Bissig-Choisat, Pavel Sumazin, Feng Li, Karl-Dimiter Bissig
Only one out of 10 drugs in development passes clinical trials. Many fail because experimental animal models poorly predict human xenobiotic metabolism. Human liver chimeric mice are a step forward in this regard, as the human hepatocytes in chimeric livers generate human metabolites, but the remaining murine hepatocytes contain an expanded set of P450 cytochromes that form the major class of drug-metabolizing enzymes. We therefore generated a conditional knock-out of the NADPH-P450 oxidoreductase (Por) gene combined with Il2rg (- /-) /Rag2 (- /-) /Fah (- /-) (PIRF) mice...
June 28, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535778/exosomes-from-mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-the-conversion-of-hepatocytes-into-progenitor-oval-cells
#13
Hao-Hsiang Wu, Oscar K Lee
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess therapeutic effects in a murine model of carbon tetrachloride-induced acute liver failure. In the study, we observed that the majority of repopulated hepatocytes were of recipient origin and were adjacent to transplanted MSCs; only a low percentage of repopulated hepatocytes were from transplanted MSCs. The findings indicate that MSCs guided the formation of new hepatocytes. Exosomes are important messengers for paracrine signaling delivery...
May 23, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460567/human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-partially-reverse-infertility-in-chemotherapy-induced-ovarian-failure
#14
Sara A Mohamed, Shahinaz M Shalaby, Mohamed Abdelaziz, Soumia Brakta, William D Hill, Nahed Ismail, Ayman Al-Hendy
INTRODUCTION: Chemotherapy is the most commonly used modality to treat human cancers; however, in many cases it causes irreversible ovarian failure. In this work, we plan to evaluate the restorative function of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in a chemotherapy-induced ovarian failure mouse model. METHODS: Acclimatized 4 to 6 week-old female mice (C57BL/6) were assigned randomly to a vehicle-treated control group (group 1), chemotherapy-treated group followed by vehicle alone (group 2), or chemotherapy-treated group followed by stem cell intraovarian injection (group 3)...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407125/cell-fate-modification-toward-the-hepatic-lineage-by-extrinsic-factors
#15
REVIEW
Masaki Kawamata, Atsushi Suzuki
The lineage of a somatic cell can be altered by targeting its signaling networks with small molecules and/or genetically altering the expression of key transcription factors. Depending on the combination of factors, fibroblasts can be fully reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells or directly converted into specific cell lineages, bypassing the pluripotent state. The generation of defined target cells will enormously benefit patients who require cell transplantation therapy. In the decade, since iPS cells were first generated, many cell types have been induced from fibroblasts by direct conversion, including hepatocytes...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389020/seeds-in-the-liver
#16
REVIEW
Hongjie Ji, Yanrong Lu, Yujun Shi
The liver is a crucial organ for homeostasis and has a tremendous self-renewal and regenerative capacity. It has long been believed that the self-renewal and repair of the liver within a given physiological condition or its repopulation in chronic liver diseases, when hepatocyte proliferation is impaired, will primarily be conducted by the proliferating duct cells, termed "oval cells" or hepatic progenitor cells (HPCs). In addition, numerous studies have revealed that HPCs are the initial tumor cells of liver cancer under certain micro-environments...
May 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372287/organ-reconstruction-dream-or-reality-for%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-future
#17
REVIEW
J-F Stoltz, L Zhang, J S Ye, N De Isla
The relevance of research on reconstructed organs is justified by the lack of organs available for transplant and the growing needs for the ageing population. The development of a reconstructed organ involves two parallel complementary steps: de-cellularization of the organ with the need to maintain the structural integrity of the extracellular matrix and vascular network and re-cellularization of the scaffold with stem cells or resident cells.Whole organ engineering for liver, heart, lung or kidneys, is particularly difficult because of the structural complexity of organs and heterogeneity of cells...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214206/involvement-of-prolyl-isomerase-pin1-in-the-cell-cycle-progression-and-proliferation-of-hepatic-oval-cells
#18
Prabodh Risal, Nirajan Shrestha, Lokendra Chand, Karl G Sylvester, Yeon Jun Jeong
Liver regenerates remarkably after toxic injury or surgical resection. In the case of failure of resident hepatocytes to restore loss, repopulation is carried out by induction, proliferation, and differentiation of the progenitor cell. Although, some signaling pathways have been verified to contribute oval cell-mediated liver regeneration, role of Peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase NIMA-interacting 1(Pin1) in the oval cells proliferation is unknown. In the present study, we evaluate the role of Pin1 in oval cells proliferation...
April 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162155/-three-dimensional-circulation-perfusion-culture-of-hepatocytes-in-the-liver-decellularizedscaffold
#19
L Wang, P C Zhou, S S Zhu, Y Wang, X J Fan, M Y Zhu, Z W Wang, H X Qian
Objective: The intact rat liver decellularized scaffolds were preparedand repopulated hepatocytes by continuous perfusion technology.Toprovideexperimental support for the application of decellularized liver scaffolds in liver engineering. Method: Decellularized liver scaffolds were obtained by perfusing method. The composition and structure was examined by HE, Masson, Sirius red stain and immunofluorescence. The ultrastructure was examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM). DNA content was used to confirm the effect of decellularization...
January 24, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088007/impairment-of-host-liver-repopulation-by-transplanted-hepatocytes-in-aged-rats-and-the-release-by-short-term-growth-hormone-treatment
#20
Peggy Stock, Maximilian Bielohuby, Martin S Staege, Mei-Ju Hsu, Martin Bidlingmaier, Bruno Christ
Hepatocyte transplantation is an alternative to whole liver transplantation. Yet, efficient liver repopulation by transplanted hepatocytes is low in livers of old animals. This restraint might be because of the poor proliferative capacity of aged donor hepatocytes or the regenerative impairment of the recipient livers. The age-dependent liver repopulation by transplanted wild-type hepatocytes was investigated in juvenile and senescent rats deficient in dipeptidyl-peptidase IV. Repopulation was quantified by flow cytometry and histochemical estimation of dipeptidyl-peptidase IV enzyme activity of donor cells in the negative host liver...
March 2017: American Journal of Pathology
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