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Liver progenitor

K Kajikhina, M Tsuneto, F Melchers
Early in embryonic development of mice, from day 12.5 after conception, myeloid-lymphoid bipotent progenitors, expressing receptors both for IL7 and CSF-1, migrate from embryonic blood into developing fetal liver. These progenitors also express multiple chemokine receptors, i.e., CCR7, CXCR3, CXCR4, and CXCR5, all on one cell. Their migration through LYVE-1+ vascular endothelium is guided by CCR7, recognizing the chemokine CCL19, and by CXCR3, recognizing CXCL10/11, chemokines which are both produced by the endothelium...
2016: Advances in Immunology
Satoshi Ogiso, Kentaro Yasuchika, Ken Fukumitsu, Takamichi Ishii, Hidenobu Kojima, Yuya Miyauchi, Ryoya Yamaoka, Junji Komori, Hokahiro Katayama, Takayuki Kawai, Elena Yukie Yoshitoshi, Sadahiko Kita, Katsutaro Yasuda, Shinji Uemoto
A whole-organ regeneration approach, using a decellularised xenogeneic liver as a scaffold for the construction of a transplantable liver was recently reported. Deriving suitable scaffolds was the first step towards clinical application; however, effective recellularisation remains to be achieved. This report presents a strategy for the improvement of the recellularisation process, using novel cell-seeding technique and cell source. We evaluated recellularised liver grafts repopulated through the portal vein or the biliary duct with mice adult hepatocytes or E14...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kipp Weiskopf, Peter J Schnorr, Wendy W Pang, Mark P Chao, Akanksha Chhabra, Jun Seita, Mingye Feng, Irving L Weissman
The hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) is a multipotent stem cell that resides in the bone marrow and has the ability to form all of the cells of the blood and immune system. Since its first purification in 1988, additional studies have refined the phenotype and functionality of HSCs and characterized all of their downstream progeny. The hematopoietic lineage is divided into two main branches: the myeloid and lymphoid arms. The myeloid arm is characterized by the common myeloid progenitor and all of its resulting cell types...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Somia H Abd Allah, Sally M Shalaby, Amal S El-Shal, Sameh M El Nabtety, Tarek Khamis, Shimaa A Abd El Rhman, Mahmoud A Ghareb, Hesham M Kelani
Exciting advances are revealing that breast milk harbors populations of stem and progenitor cells, and much attention is now intensified on delineating their properties and functions. The aim of this study is to isolate a mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-like population from rabbit breast milk and track their integration into the different organs of the breastfed rabbits after taken by oral route and to explore the functional role of stem cells in the breastfed newborn babies. Ten newborn rabbits 2 weeks old fed on 2 × 10(6) PKH26-labeled rabbit milk derived-MSCs suspended in 2 mL Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) and 10 newborn baby rabbits fed with 2 mL DMEM solution or with rabbit fibroblasts as a control group were used in the study...
October 17, 2016: IUBMB Life
Gemma Odena, Jiegen Chen, Juan Jose Lozano, Jose Altamirano, Daniel Rodrigo-Torres, Silvia Affo, Oriol Morales-Ibanez, Hiroshi Matsushita, Jian Zou, Raluca Dumitru, Juan Caballeria, Pere Gines, Vicente Arroyo, Min You, Pierre-Emmanuel Rautou, Dominique Valla, Fulton Crews, Ekihiro Seki, Pau Sancho-Bru, Ramon Bataller
Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is the most severe form of alcoholic liver disease for which there are no effective therapies. Patients with AH show impaired hepatocyte proliferation, expansion of inefficient ductular cells and high lipopolysaccharide (LPS) levels. It is unknown whether LPS mediates ductular cell expansion. We performed transcriptome studies and identified keratin 23 (KRT23) as a new ductular cell marker. KRT23 expression correlated with mortality and LPS serum levels. LPS-TLR4 pathway role in ductular cell expansion was assessed in human and mouse progenitor cells, liver slices and liver injured TLR4 KO mice...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Masakazu Sugiyama, Tomoharu Yoshizumi, Yoshihiro Yoshida, Yuki Bekki, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Shohei Yoshiya, Takeo Toshima, Toru Ikegami, Shinji Itoh, Norifumi Harimoto, Shinji Okano, Yuji Soejima, Ken Shirabe, Yoshihiko Maehara
Autophagy is a homeostatic process regulating turnover of impaired proteins and organelles, and p62 (sequestosome-1, SQSTM1) functions as the autophagic receptor in this process. p62 also functions as a hub for intracellular signaling such as that in the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway. Liver stem/progenitor cells have the potential to differentiate to form hepatocytes or cholangiocytes. In this study, we examined effects of autophagy, p62 and associated signaling on hepatic differentiation. Adult stem/progenitor cells were isolated from the liver of mice with chemically-induced liver injury...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Carrie R Wong, Mindie H Nguyen, Joseph K Lim
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic liver disease in the United States and represents an increasingly important etiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with annual cumulative incidence rates ranging from 2% to 12% in cohorts of NAFLD cirrhosis. While the risk of progression of NAFLD to HCC remains higher among patients with fibrosis or cirrhosis, an increasing amount of literature describes NAFLD-HCC as a disease that can occur in the absence of cirrhosis. Efforts to characterize the pathogenesis of NAFLD-HCC have suggested mechanisms that strongly associate with states of hyperinsulinemia and chronic inflammation, cellular mechanisms including adaptive immune responses and hepatic progenitor cell populations, and genetic polymorphisms including mutations of PNPLA3...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Zhibin Wang, Wei Li, Chun Li, Yang Yang, Wang Li, Liying Zhang, Shumei Sun, Junxiang Li, Yidong Cai
The present study aimed to investigate the expression levels of components of the Hedgehog signaling pathway (HH) during the proliferation of a liver stem cell subgroup, namely small hepatocyte-like progenitor cells (SHPCs). Retrorsine-treated Fisher 344 rats underwent a partial hepatectomy (PH) to induce the proliferation of SHPCs, after which reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR), quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis were performed to analyze the expression of various components of the HH in primary SHPCs at different times points post-PH...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Fumio Goto, Sei Kakinuma, Masato Miyoshi, Tomoyuki Tsunoda, Shun Kaneko, Ayako Sato, Yu Asano, Satoshi Otani, Seishin Azuma, Hiroko Nagata, Fukiko Kawai-Kitahata, Miyako Murakawa, Sayuri Nitta, Yasuhiro Itsui, Mina Nakagawa, Yasuhiro Asahina, Mamoru Watanabe
AIM: Fetal hepatic stem/progenitor cells, called hepatoblasts, play central roles in liver organogenesis; however, molecular mechanisms regulating proliferation and terminal differentiation of such cells have not been completely elucidated. Bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4) is essential for the development of stem cells in various tissues, but its function in regulating the phenotype of hepatoblasts after mid-gestational fetal stage remains unclear. The aim of this study is to clarify a functional role for BMP-4 in proliferation and terminal differentiation of murine hepatoblasts in mid-gestational fetal livers...
September 27, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Magdalena B Rother, Kristin Jensen, Mirjam van der Burg, Fleur S van de Bovenkamp, Roel Kroek, Wilfred F J van IJcken, Vincent H J van der Velden, Tom Cupedo, Ole K Olstad, Jacques J M van Dongen, Menno C van Zelm
Newborns are unable to mount antibody responses towards certain antigens. This has been related to the restricted repertoire of immunoglobulin (Ig) genes of their B cells. The mechanisms underlying the restricted fetal Ig gene repertoire are currently unresolved. We here addressed this with detailed molecular and cellular analysis of human precursor-B cells from fetal liver, fetal bone marrow (BM), and pediatric BM. In the absence of selection processes, fetal B-cell progenitors more frequently used proximal V, D and J genes in complete IGH gene rearrangements, despite normal Ig locus contraction...
2016: Scientific Reports
Kelly McDaniel, Fanyin Meng, Nan Wu, Keisaku Sato, Julie Venter, Francesca Bernuzzi, Pietro Invernizzi, Tianhao Zhou, Konstantina Kyritsi, Ying Wan, Qiaobing Huang, Paolo Onori, Heather Francis, Eugenio Gaudio, Shannon Glaser, Gianfranco Alpini
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Biliary-committed progenitor cells (small cholangiocytes, SMCCs) from small bile ducts are more resistant to hepatobiliary injury than large mouse cholangiocytes (LGCCs) from large bile ducts. The definitive endoderm marker, FoxA2 is the key transcriptional factor that regulates cell differentiation and tissue regeneration. Our aim was to characterize the translational role of FoxA2 during cholestatic liver injury. METHODS: mRNA expression in SMCCs and LGCCs was assessed by PCR array analysis...
September 17, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Hongyu Zhang, Christopher T Siegel, Jing Li, Jiejuan Lai, Ling Shuai, Xiangdong Lai, Yujun Zhang, Yan Jiang, Ping Bie, Lianhua Bai
Deaths due to end-stage liver diseases (ESLD) are increasingly registered annually in the world. Liver transplantation is the ultimate treatment for ESLD to date, which has been hampered by a critical shortage of organs. The potential of decellularized liver scaffolds (DLS) derived from solid organs as a three dimensional (3D) platform has been evolved as a promising approach in liver tissue engineering for translating functional liver organ replacements, but questions still exist regarding the optimal cell population for seeding in DLS and the preparation of the DLS themselves...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Andrey Elchaninov, Timur Fatkhudinov, Natalia Usman, Evgeniya Kananykhina, Irina Arutyunyan, Andrey Makarov, Galina Bolshakova, Dmitry Goldshtein, Gennady Sukhikh
Proliferation of hepatocytes is known to be the main process in the hepatectomy-induced liver regrowth; however, in cases of extensive loss it may be insufficient for complete recovery unless supported by some additional sources e.g. mobilization of undifferentiated progenitors. The study was conducted on rat model of 80% subtotal hepatectomy; the objective was to evaluate contributions of hepatocytes and resident progenitor cells to the hepatic tissue recovery via monitoring specific mRNA and/or protein expression levels for a panel of genes implicated in growth, cell differentiation, angiogenesis, and inflammation...
2016: PloS One
Napat Angkathunyakul, Francesca Rosini, Nigel Heaton, Pierre Foskett, Alberto Quaglia
AIMS: Both homo- and heterozygous AAT deficiency patients are risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) but also of cholangiocarcinoma and combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma. We report a series of bile duct adenoma (BDA) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC), in AAT deficiency adult patients, observed in our institution over a five year period. Our observational study includes a detailed investigation of their immunohistochemical profile and BRAF V600E mutation status. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eleven biliary lesions from 5 AAT deficiency patients (6 BDAs from 3 cirrhotic patients with concurrent other liver diseases, 3 BDAs and 2 ICCs from 2 non-cirrhotic patients) were identified between 2010 and 2015 during routine histology...
September 14, 2016: Histopathology
Megan O'Rourke, Carlie L Cullen, Loic Auderset, Kimberley A Pitman, Daniela Achatz, Robert Gasperini, Kaylene M Young
In the central nervous system (CNS) platelet derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRα) is expressed exclusively by oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs), making the Pdgfrα promoter an ideal tool for directing transgene expression in this cell type. Two Pdgfrα-CreERT2 mouse lines have been generated for this purpose which, when crossed with cre-sensitive reporter mice, allow the temporally restricted labelling of OPCs for lineage-tracing studies. These mice have also been used to achieve the deletion of CNS-specific genes from OPCs...
2016: PloS One
Lehn K Weaver, Niansheng Chu, Edward M Behrens
Monocytes are innate immune cells that interact with their environment through the expression of pattern recognition receptors, including Toll-like receptors (TLRs). Both monocytes and TLRs are implicated in driving persistent inflammation in autoimmune diseases. However, cell-intrinsic mechanisms to control inflammation, including TLR tolerance, are thought to limit inflammatory responses in the face of repeated TLR activation, leaving it unclear how chronic TLR-mediated inflammation is maintained in vivo...
September 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Yuji Suzuki, Hirokatsu Katagiri, Ting Wang, Keisuke Kakisaka, Kohei Kume, Satoshi S Nishizuka, Yasuhiro Takikawa
Partial hepatectomy models in mice have been widely used for liver regeneration studies. A typical procedure removes ~2/3 of the liver by lobular ligation without tissue dissection. However, hepatectomy in humans involves physical damage (ie, physical partial hepatectomy, PPHx). Therefore, the liver regeneration process after PPHx should involve reactions to acute local injury followed by systematic remodeling. To clarify the liver regeneration process after PPHx, we used a murine liver injury model that mimics the actual human surgical procedure...
September 12, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Ana Cañete, Valentine Comaills, Isabel Prados, Ana María Castro, Seddik Hammad, Patricia Ybot-Gonzalez, Ernesto Bockamp, Jan G Hengstler, Bertie Gottgens, María José Sánchez
Stable reconstitution of vascular endothelial beds upon transplantation of progenitor cells represents an important challenge due to the paucity and generally limited integration/expansion potential of most identified vascular related cell subsets. We previously showed that mouse fetal liver (FL) hemato/vascular cells from day 12 of gestation (E12), expressing the Stem Cell Leukaemia (SCL) gene enhancer transgene (SCL-PLAP(+) cells), had robust endothelial engraftment potential when transferred to the blood stream of newborns or adult conditioned recipients, compared to the scarce vascular contribution of adult bone marrow (BM) cells...
September 12, 2016: Stem Cells
Iris Martinez-Quetglas, Roser Pinyol, Daniel Dauch, Sara Torrecilla, Victoria Tovar, Agrin Moeini, Clara Alsinet, Anna Portela, Leonardo Rodriguez-Carunchio, Manel Solé, Amaia Lujambio, Augusto Villanueva, Swan Thung, Manel Esteller, Lars Zender, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Effective treatments are urgently needed for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is usually diagnosed at advanced stages. Signaling via the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway is aberrantly activated in HCC by IGF2 overexpression. We aimed to elucidate the mechanism of IGF2 overexpression and its oncogenic activities and evaluate the anti-tumor effects of reducing IGF2 signaling. METHODS: We obtained 228 HCC samples from patients who underwent liver resection, 168 paired non-tumor adjacent cirrhotic liver samples, and 10 non-tumor liver tissues from patients undergoing resection for hepatic hemangioma...
September 7, 2016: Gastroenterology
Rui Wei, Jin Yang, Meijuan Gao, Haining Wang, Wenfang Hou, Yiming Mu, Guian Chen, Tianpei Hong
Microenvironment regulates cell fate and function. In this study, we investigated the effects of the infarcted cardiac microenvironment on cardiac differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). hESCs were intramyocardially transplanted into infarcted or uninjured rat hearts. After 4 weeks, mesodermal and cardiac lineage markers were detected by immunofluorescence. Cardiac function was assessed by echocardiography. hESCs were differentiated in vitro under hypoxic (5% O2 ), low-nutrient (5% FBS), or control condition...
November 2016: Cell Biology International
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