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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651214/dna-methylation-and-the-preservation-of-cell-identity
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Ozren Bogdanović, Ryan Lister
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic modification of vertebrate genomes that is mostly associated with transcriptional repression. During embryogenesis, DNA methylation together with other epigenetic factors plays an essential role in selecting and maintaining cell identity. Recent technological advances are now allowing for the exploration of this mark at unprecedented resolution. This has resulted in a wealth of studies describing the developmental roles of DNA methylation in various vertebrate model systems...
June 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649419/identification-of-transcription-factors-that-promote-the-differentiation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-lacrimal-gland-epithelium-like-cells
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Masatoshi Hirayama, Shigeru B H Ko, Tetsuya Kawakita, Tomohiko Akiyama, Sravan K Goparaju, Atsumi Soma, Yuhki Nakatake, Miki Sakota, Nana Chikazawa-Nohtomi, Shigeto Shimmura, Kazuo Tsubota, Minoru S H Ko
Dry eye disease is the most prevalent pathological condition in aging eyes. One potential therapeutic strategy is the transplantation of lacrimal glands, generated in vitro from pluripotent stem cells such as human embryonic stem cells, into patients. One of the preceding requirements is a method to differentiate human embryonic stem cells into lacrimal gland epithelium cells. As the first step for this approach, this study aims to identify a set of transcription factors whose overexpression can promote the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into lacrimal gland epithelium-like cells...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649393/single-cell-transcriptome-of-early-embryos-and-cultured-embryonic-stem-cells-of-cynomolgus-monkeys
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Tomonori Nakamura, Yukihiro Yabuta, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Kotaro Sasaki, Chizuru Iwatani, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Mitinori Saitou
In mammals, the development of pluripotency and specification of primordial germ cells (PGCs) have been studied predominantly using mice as a model organism. However, divergences among mammalian species for such processes have begun to be recognized. Between humans and mice, pre-implantation development appears relatively similar, but the manner and morphology of post-implantation development are significantly different. Nevertheless, the embryogenesis just after implantation in primates, including the specification of PGCs, has been unexplored due to the difficulties in analyzing the embryos at relevant developmental stages...
2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648896/inhibition-of-cdk5-alleviates-the-cardiac-phenotypes-in-timothy-syndrome
#4
LouJin Song, Seon-Hye E Park, Yehuda Isseroff, Kumi Morikawa, Masayuki Yazawa
L-type calcium channel CaV1.2 plays an essential role in cardiac function. The gain-of-function mutations in CaV1.2 have been reported to be associated with Timothy syndrome, a disease characterized by QT prolongation and syndactyly. Previously we demonstrated that roscovitine, a cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitor, could rescue the phenotypes in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes from Timothy syndrome patients. However, exactly how roscovitine rescued the phenotypes remained unclear. Here we report a mechanism potentially underlying the therapeutic effects of roscovitine on Timothy syndrome cardiomyocytes...
June 21, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648749/transcriptome-profiling-of-3d-co-cultured-cardiomyocytes-and-endothelial-cells-under-oxidative-stress-using-a-photocrosslinkable-hydrogel-system
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Xiaoshan Yue, Aylin Acun, Pinar Zorlutuna
Myocardial infarction (MI) is one of the most common among cardiovascular diseases. Endothelial cells (ECs) are considered to have protective effects on cardiomyocytes (CMs) under stress conditions such as MI; however, the paracrine CM-EC crosstalk and the resulting endogenous cellular responses that could contribute to this protective effect are not thoroughly investigated. Here we created biomimetic synthetic tissues containing CMs and human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived ECs (iECs), which showed improved cell survival compared to single cultures under conditions mimicking the aftermath of MI, and performed high-throughput RNA-sequencing to identify target pathways that could govern CM-iEC crosstalk and the resulting improvement in cell viability...
June 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648642/hpi-amf-inhibition-halts-the-development-of-the-aggressive-phenotype-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells
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Juan Carlos Gallardo-Pérez, Alhelí Adán-Ladrón de Guevara, Alvaro Marín-Hernández, Rafael Moreno-Sánchez, Sara Rodríguez-Enríquez
Cancer stem cells are responsible for tumor recurrence and metastasis. A new highly reproducible procedure for human breast cancer MCF-7 stem cells (BCSC) isolation and selection was developed by using a combination of hypoxia/hypoglycemia plus taxol and adriamycin for 24h. The BCSC enriched fraction (i) expressed (2-15 times) the typical stemness protein markers CD44+, ALDH1A3 and Oct 3/4; (ii) increased its clonogenicity index (20-times), invasiveness profile (>70%), migration capacity (100%) and ability to form mammospheres, compared to its non-metastatic MCF-7 counterpart...
June 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648462/cyclic-tetrapeptide-hdac-inhibitors-as-potential-therapeutics-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy-screening-with-ipsc-derived-neuronal-cells
#7
Jiun-I Lai, Luke J Leman, Sherman Ku, Chris J Vickers, Christian A Olsen, Ana Montero, M Reza Ghadiri, Joel M Gottesfeld
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disorder that is caused by inactivating mutations in the Survival of motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, resulting in decreased SMN protein expression. Humans possess a paralog gene, SMN2, which contains a splicing defect in exon 7 leading to diminished expression of full-length, fully functional SMN protein. Increasing SMN2 expression has been a focus of therapeutic development for SMA. Multiple studies have reported the efficacy of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) in this regard...
June 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648365/direct-reprogramming-of-fibroblasts-via-a-chemically-induced-xen-like-state
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Xiang Li, Defang Liu, Yantao Ma, Xiaomin Du, Junzhan Jing, Lipeng Wang, Bingqing Xie, Da Sun, Shaoqiang Sun, Xueqin Jin, Xu Zhang, Ting Zhao, Jingyang Guan, Zexuan Yi, Weifeng Lai, Ping Zheng, Zhuo Huang, Yanzhong Chang, Zhen Chai, Jun Xu, Hongkui Deng
Direct lineage reprogramming, including with small molecules, has emerged as a promising approach for generating desired cell types. We recently found that during chemical induction of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from mouse fibroblasts, cells pass through an extra-embryonic endoderm (XEN)-like state. Here, we show that these chemically induced XEN-like cells can also be induced to directly reprogram into functional neurons, bypassing the pluripotent state. The induced neurons possess neuron-specific expression profiles, form functional synapses in culture, and further mature after transplantation into the adult mouse brain...
June 20, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648364/differentiation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-colonic-organoids-via-transient-activation-of-bmp-signaling
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Jorge O Múnera, Nambirajan Sundaram, Scott A Rankin, David Hill, Carey Watson, Maxime Mahe, Jefferson E Vallance, Noah F Shroyer, Katie L Sinagoga, Adrian Zarzoso-Lacoste, Jonathan R Hudson, Jonathan C Howell, Praneet Chatuvedi, Jason R Spence, John M Shannon, Aaron M Zorn, Michael A Helmrath, James M Wells
Gastric and small intestinal organoids differentiated from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have revolutionized the study of gastrointestinal development and disease. Distal gut tissues such as cecum and colon, however, have proved considerably more challenging to derive in vitro. Here we report the differentiation of human colonic organoids (HCOs) from hPSCs. We found that BMP signaling is required to establish a posterior SATB2+ domain in developing and postnatal intestinal epithelium. Brief activation of BMP signaling is sufficient to activate a posterior HOX code and direct hPSC-derived gut tube cultures into HCOs...
June 20, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647433/targeted-release-of-transcription-factors-for-human-cell-reprogramming-by-zebra-cell-penetrating-peptide
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Benjamin Caulier, Lionel Berthoin, Helène Coradin, Frédéric Garban, Marie Claire Dagher, Benoît Polack, Bertrand Toussaint, Jean Luc Lenormand, David Laurin
Transcription factors (TFs) are key actors of the control of gene expression and consequently of every major process within cells, ranging from cell fate determination, cell cycle control and response to environment. Their ectopic expression has proven high potential in reprogramming cells for regenerative medicine; ontogenesis studies and cell based modelling. Direct delivery of proteins could represent an alternative to current reprogramming methods using gene transfer but still needs technological improvements...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646660/towards-understanding-transcriptional-networks-in-cellular-reprogramming
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REVIEW
Jaber Firas, Jose M Polo
Most of the knowledge we have on the molecular mechanisms of transcription factor mediated reprogramming comes from studies conducted in induced pluripotency. Recently however, a few studies investigated the mechanisms of cellular reprogramming in direct and indirect transdifferentiation, which allows us to explore whether shared parallel mechanisms can be drawn. Moreover, there are currently several computational tools that have been developed to predict and enhance the reprogramming process by reconstructing the transcriptional networks of reprogramming cells...
June 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645005/application-of-stem-cell-derived-neuronal-cells-to-evaluate-neurotoxic-chemotherapy
#12
Claudia Wing, Masaaki Komatsu, Shannon M Delaney, Matthew Krause, Heather E Wheeler, M Eileen Dolan
The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and differentiation to cells composing major organs has opened up the possibility for a new model system to study adverse toxicities associated with chemotherapy. Therefore, we used human iPSC-derived neurons to study peripheral neuropathy, one of the most common adverse effects of chemotherapy and cause for dose reduction. To determine the utility of these neurons in investigating the effects of neurotoxic chemotherapy, we measured morphological differences in neurite outgrowth, cell viability as determined by ATP levels and apoptosis through measures of caspase 3/7 activation following treatment with clinically relevant concentrations of platinating agents (cisplatin, oxaliplatin and carboplatin), taxanes (paclitaxel, docetaxel and nab-paclitaxel), a targeted proteasome inhibitor (bortezomib), an antiangiogenic compound (thalidomide), and 5-fluorouracil, a chemotherapeutic that does not cause neuropathy...
June 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644953/helping-induced-hpscs-clean-up-their-act
#13
Ho-Chang Jeong, Hyuk-Jin Cha
Inhibition of the tumorigenic potential of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) remains critically important for safe hPSC-based therapy. In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Kuang et al. (2017) reveal that the phospho-D-peptide D-3 efficiently induces death of residual hPSCs, but not of differentiated progenies, through high alkaline phosphatase activity in hPSCs.
June 22, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643534/transplantation-of-mouse-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-the-cochlea-for-the-treatment-of-sensorineural-hearing-loss
#14
Jing Chen, Lina Guan, Hengtao Zhu, Shan Xiong, Liang Zeng, Hongqun Jiang
CONCLUSION: Mouse-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) could differentiate into hair cell-like cells and spiral ganglion-like cells after transplantation into mouse cochleae, but it cannot improve the auditory brain response (ABR) thresholds in short term. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential of iPSCs for use as a source of transplants for the treatment of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). METHODS: Establishing SNHL mice model, then injecting the iPSCs or equal volume DMEM basic medium into the cochleae, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643455/pathways-governing-development-of-stem-cell-derived-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-lessons-from-embryogenesis
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Sara Al-Khawaga, Bushra Memon, Alexandra E Butler, Shahrad Taheri, Abdul B Abou-Samra, Essam M Abdelalim
The loss of functional β cells leads to development of diabetes. Several studies have shown that β cells are specified through several stages of progenitors during pancreas development, each stage defined by the expression of specific transcription factors (TFs). Understanding signalling pathways that control the differentiation and specification processes during embryogenesis will facilitate efforts to obtain functional β cells in vitro. Our current knowledge of the mechanisms involved in pancreatic β cell development and survival under normal or diabetic conditions has come largely from animal studies...
June 22, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643254/gene-targeting-in-rabbits-single-step-generation-of-knock-out-rabbits-by-microinjection-of-crispr-cas9-plasmids
#16
Yoshihiro Kawano, Arata Honda
The development of genome editing technology has allowed gene disruptions to be achieved in various animal species and has been beneficial to many mammals. Gene disruption using pluripotent stem cells is difficult to achieve in rabbits, but thanks to advances in genome editing technology, a number of gene disruptions have been conducted. This paper describes a simple and easy method for carrying out gene disruptions in rabbits using CRISPR/Cas9 in which the gene to be disrupted is marked, the presence or absence of off-target candidates is checked, and a plasmid allowing simultaneous expression of Cas9 and sgRNA is constructed...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643190/mitochondrial-biogenesis-and-neural-differentiation-of-human-ipsc-is-modulated-by-idebenone-in-a-developmental-stage-dependent-manner
#17
J Augustyniak, J Lenart, M Zychowicz, P P Stepien, L Buzanska
Idebenone, the synthetic analog of coenzyme Q10 can improve electron transport in mitochondria. Therefore, it is used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments. However, the mechanism of its action on neurodevelopment is still to be elucidated. Here we demonstrate that the cellular response of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) to idebenone depends on the stage of neural differentiation. When: neural stem cells (NSC), early neural progenitors (eNP) and advanced neural progenitors (NP) have been studied a significant stimulation of mitochondrial biogenesis was observed only at the eNP stage of development...
June 22, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642593/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-regulates-the-nascent-hematopoietic-stem-cell-niche-by-promoting-gluconeogenesis
#18
C-Y Zhang, H-M Yin, H Wang, D Su, Y Xia, L-F Yan, B Fang, W Liu, Y-M Wang, A-H Gu, Y Zhou
The understanding of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) emergence is important to generate HSCs from pluripotent precursors. However, integrated signaling network that regulates the niche of nascent HSCs remains unclear. Herein, we uncovered a novel role of TGF-β1 in the metabolic niche of HSC emergence using the tgf-β1b(-/-) zebrafish. Our findings first showed that Tgf-β1 transcripts were enriched in the nascent HSCs. Loss of tgf-β1b caused a decrease of nascent HSCs within the aorta-gonad-mesonephros. Moreover, tgf-β1b(+) cells were runx1(+) HSCs and underwent an endothelial-to-hematopoietic-transition process...
June 23, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641963/modulation-of-the-heart-s-electrical-properties-by-the-anticonvulsant-drug-retigabine
#19
Lena Rubi, Michael Kovar, Eva Zebedin-Brandl, Xaver Koenig, Manuel Dominguez-Rodriguez, Hannes Todt, Helmut Kubista, Stefan Boehm, Karlheinz Hilber
Retigabine, currently used as antiepileptic drug, has a wide range of potential medical uses. Administration of the drug in patients can lead to QT interval prolongation in the electrocardiogram and to cardiac arrhythmias in rare cases. This suggests that the drug may perturb the electrical properties of the heart, and the underlying mechanisms were investigated here. Effects of retigabine on currents through human cardiac ion channels, heterologously expressed in tsA-201 cells, were studied in whole-cell patch-clamp experiments...
June 19, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641519/neural-stem-cells-and-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-model-rare-cns-diseases
#20
Lidia De Filippis, Cristina Zalfa, Daniela Ferrari
Despite the great effort spent over the last decades to unravel the pathological mechanisms underpinning the development of central nervous system disorders, most of them remain still unclear. In particular, the study of rare brain diseases is hurdled by the lack of post-mortem samples and of reliable epidemiological studies, thus the setting of in vitro modeling systems appears essential to dissect the puzzle of genetic and environmental alterations affecting neural cells viability and functionality The isolation and expansion in vitro of embryonic (ESC) and fetal neural stem cells (NSC) from human tissue has efficiently allowed to model several neurological diseases "in a dish" and has also provided a novel platform to test potential therapeutic strategies in a pre-clinical setting...
June 15, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
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