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Shuitu Feng, Zhigao Zheng, Lihua Feng, Lihong Yang, Zuhong Chen, Yubiao Lin, Yingqin Gao, Yide Chen
The cancer stem cell (CSC) model suggests that a small subset of cancer cells possess stem cell properties and plays a crucial role in tumor initiation, metastasis and resistance to anticancer therapy. Exploration of the specific therapies targeting at CSCs has been a crucial issue in antitumor research. Gastric cancer (GC) cells often exist in an ischemic microenvironment with acidic conditions in vivo, thus maintenance of cellular pH homeostasis is important for the survival and function of GC cells. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may prevent intracellular proton extrusions which consequently reduce cancer cell survival under acidic conditions...
October 7, 2016: Oncology Reports
Dustin J Flanagan, Renate H M Schwab, Bang M Tran, Toby J Phesse, Elizabeth Vincan
The discovery of Lgr5 as a marker of adult stem cells meant that stem cell populations could be purified and studied in isolation. Importantly, when cultured under the appropriate conditions these stem cells form organoids in tissue culture that retain many features of the tissue of origin. The organoid cultures are accessible to genetic and biochemical manipulation, bridging the gap between in vivo mouse models and conventional tissue culture. Here we describe robust protocols to establish organoids from gastrointestinal tissues (stomach, intestine, liver) and Cre-recombinase mediated gene manipulation in vitro...
October 5, 2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Liang Wei, Brian J Leibowitz, Xinwei Wang, Michael Epperly, Joel Greenberger, Lin Zhang, Jian Yu
Radiotherapy causes dose-limiting toxicity and long-term complications in rapidly renewing tissues, including the gastrointestinal tract. Currently, there is no FDA-approved agent for the prevention or treatment of radiation-induced intestinal injury. In this study, we have shown that PD 0332991 (PD), an FDA-approved selective inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK4/6), prevents radiation-induced lethal intestinal injury in mice. Treating mice with PD or a structurally distinct CDK4/6 inhibitor prior to radiation blocked proliferation and crypt apoptosis and improved crypt regeneration...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Fei Chen, Hao Yao, Minjun Wang, Bing Yu, Qinggui Liu, Jianxiu Li, Zhiying He, Yi-Ping Hu
Induced hepatic stem cells (iHepSCs) have great potential as donors for liver cell therapy due to their abilities for self-renewal and bi-potential differentiation. However, the molecular mechanism regulating proliferation and differentiation of iHepSCs is poorly understood. In this study, we provide evidence that the homeodomain transcription factor, Pitx2, is essential to maintain iHepSCs stem cell characteristics. Suppressing Pitx2 expression in iHepSCs by lentivirus mediated specific shRNA markedly reduced the expression of the hepatic stem cell-associated genes (Lgr5, EpCAM, and Sox9) with concomitant inhibition of proliferation by blocking the G1/S phase transition, and these phenotypic changes were reversed upon re-expression of Pitx2...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Seiya Arita, Yuta Kinoshita, Kaori Ushida, Atsushi Enomoto, Kyoko Inagaki-Ohara
Obesity increases the risk for gastric cancers. However, the occurrence and mechanisms of precancerous atrophic gastritis induced by high-fat diet (HFD) remain unclear. Here, we show that HFD-associated lipotoxicity induces precancerous lesions that are accompanied by the disruption of organelle homeostasis, tissue integrity, and deregulated expression of stemness genes in the gastric epithelium mediated by leptin receptor (ObR) signaling. Following HFD feeding, ectopic fat accumulated and expression of LAMP2A in lysosome and COX IV in mitochondria increased in the gastric mucosa...
September 28, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Wei Gong, Mengzheng Guo, Zhibo Han, Yan Wang, Ping Yang, Chang Xu, Qin Wang, Liqing Du, Qian Li, Hui Zhao, Feiyue Fan, Qiang Liu
The loss of stem cells residing in the base of the intestinal crypt has a key role in radiation-induced intestinal injury. In particular, Lgr5(+) intestinal stem cells (ISCs) are indispensable for intestinal regeneration following exposure to radiation. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have previously been shown to improve intestinal epithelial repair in a mouse model of radiation injury, and, therefore, it was hypothesized that this protective effect is related to Lgr5(+) ISCs. In this study, it was found that, following exposure to radiation, transplantation of MSCs improved the survival of the mice, ameliorated intestinal injury and increased the number of regenerating crypts...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Julie G In, Jennifer Foulke-Abel, Mary K Estes, Nicholas C Zachos, Olga Kovbasnjuk, Mark Donowitz
The development of indefinitely propagating human 'mini-guts' has led to a rapid advance in gastrointestinal research related to transport physiology, developmental biology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. These mini-guts, also called enteroids or colonoids, are derived from LGR5(+) intestinal stem cells isolated from the small intestine or colon. Addition of WNT3A and other growth factors promotes stemness and results in viable, physiologically functional human intestinal or colonic cultures that develop a crypt-villus axis and can be differentiated into all intestinal epithelial cell types...
September 28, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Jayson X Chen, Hong Wang, Anna Liu, Lanjing Zhang, Kenneth Reuhl, Chung S Yang
In the past decades, experimental rodent models developed to study the pathogenesis of human colorectal cancer (CRC) generally employed synthetic chemical carcinogens or genetic manipulation. Our lab, in order to establish a more physiologically relevant CRC model, recently developed a colon carcinogenesis model induced by the meat-derived dietary carcinogen, 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PhIP), and promoted by dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis in the cytochrome P450 1A-humanized (hCYP1A) mice...
September 23, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Kishore Reddy Katikireddy, Thore Schmedt, Marianne O Price, Francis W Price, Ula V Jurkunas
Human corneal endothelial cells are derived from neural crest and because of postmitotic arrest lack competence to repair cell loss from trauma, aging, and degenerative disorders such as Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). Herein, we identified a rapidly proliferating subpopulation of cells from the corneal endothelium of adult normal and FECD donors that exhibited features of neural crest-derived progenitor (NCDP) cells by showing absence of senescence with passaging, propensity to form spheres, and increased colony forming efficacy compared with the primary cells...
October 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Fiorella Di Claudio, Cecilia Muglia, Paola Smaldini, María Lucía Orsini Delgado, Fernando Trejo, Raúl Grigera, Guillermo Docena
Intestinal epithelial cell culture is important for biological, functional and immunological studies. Since enterocytes have a short in vivo life span due to anoikis, we aimed to establish a novel and reproducible method to prolong the survival of mouse and human cells. Cells were isolated following a standard procedure, and cultured on ordered-cow's collagen membranes. A prolonged cell life span was achieved; cells covered the complete surface of bio-membranes and showed a classical enterocyte morphology with high expression of enzymes supporting the possibility of cryopreservation...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Tomoyuki Nakajima, Takeshi Uehara, Yasuhiro Maruyama, Mai Iwaya, Yukihiro Kobayashi, Hiroyoshi Ota
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 5 (Lgr5) is a putative intestinal stem cell marker that is also expressed in various tumors. To analyze its pathological characteristics in mucosal gastric signet-ring cell carcinoma (SRCC), we investigated Lgr5 expression in 35 intramucosal gastric SRCC patients using RNAscope, a newly developed RNA in situ hybridization technique. Lgr5 expression in individual tumor cells was scored semi-quantitatively from 0 to 400. Ki67 was also examined by immunohistochemistry, with a linear arrangement of Ki67-expressing cells present in 20 of 35 cases...
September 2016: Pathology International
Mikhail Fedyanin, Anna Popova, Elizaveta Polyanskaya, Sergei Tjulandin
In the last decade an increasing number of studies on tumor stem cell theory stating that there is only a small fraction of tumor cells capable of inducing tumor growth have been appeared. These cells can not only differentiate into more mature tumor cells, but also can maintain their own pool, that is the capacity for self-renewal. There are distinct subpopulations of cells within a tumor that express different combinations of stem cell markers and have different functions. The following markers are typically considered as markers of colorectal adenocarcinoma stem cells: CD133, CD144, CD24, CD166, CD44, CD29, ALDH1, LGR5, and CXCR4...
September 4, 2016: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Magali Garcia, Jean-Claude Chomel, Pascale Mustapha, Cong Tri Tran, Martine Garnier, Isabelle Paris, Nathalie Quellard, Julie Godet, Julie Cremniter, Annelise Bennaceur-Griscelli, Jean-Claude Lecron, Ali G Turhan, Christophe Burucoa, Charles Bodet
BACKGROUND: Human gastric mucosa shows continuous self-renewal via differentiation from stem cells that remain poorly characterized. METHODS: We describe an original protocol for culture of gastric stem/progenitor cells from adult human stomach. The molecular characteristics of cells were studied using TaqMan low-density array and qRT-PCR analyses using the well-characterized H1 and H9 embryonic stem cells as reference. Epithelial progenitor cells were challenged with H...
September 4, 2016: Helicobacter
Leonard H Augenlicht
Multiple cell compartments at or near the base of the intestinal crypt have been identified as contributing intestinal stem cells for homeostasis of the rapidly turning over intestinal mucosa and cells that can initiate tumor development upon appropriate genetic changes. There is a strong literature establishing the importance of the frequently dividing Lgr5+ crypt base columnar cells as the fundamental cell in providing these stem cell-associated functions, but there are also clear data that more quiescent cells from other compartments can be mobilized to provide these stem cell functions upon compromise of Lgr5+ cells...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Narges Aghaallaei, Franziska Gruhl, Colin Q Schaefer, Tobias Wernet, Venera Weinhardt, Lázaro Centanin, Felix Loosli, Tilo Baumbach, Joachim Wittbrodt
Recently, a stochastic model of symmetrical stem cell division followed by neutral drift has been proposed for intestinal stem cells (ISCs), which has been suggested to represent the predominant mode of stem cell progression in mammals. In contrast, stem cells in the retina of teleost fish show an asymmetric division mode. To address whether the mode of stem cell division follows phylogenetic or ontogenetic routes, we analysed the entire gastrointestinal tract of the teleost medaka (Oryzias latipes). X-ray microcomputed tomography shows a correlation of 3D topography with the functional domains...
October 1, 2016: Development
Nobuo Sasaki, Norman Sachs, Kay Wiebrands, Saskia I J Ellenbroek, Arianna Fumagalli, Anna Lyubimova, Harry Begthel, Maaike van den Born, Johan H van Es, Wouter R Karthaus, Vivian S W Li, Carmen López-Iglesias, Peter J Peters, Jacco van Rheenen, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Hans Clevers
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein coupled receptor 5-positive (Lgr5(+)) stem cells reside at crypt bottoms of the small and large intestine. Small intestinal Paneth cells supply Wnt3, EGF, and Notch signals to neighboring Lgr5(+) stem cells. Whereas the colon lacks Paneth cells, deep crypt secretory (DCS) cells are intermingled with Lgr5(+) stem cells at crypt bottoms. Here, we report regenerating islet-derived family member 4 (Reg4) as a marker of DCS cells. To investigate a niche function, we eliminated DCS cells by using the diphtheria-toxin receptor gene knocked into the murine Reg4 locus...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Juergen Fink, Bon-Kyoung Koo
The field of gastrointestinal epithelial stem cells is a rapidly developing area of adult stem cell research. The discovery of Lgr5(+) intestinal stem cells has enabled us to study many hidden aspects of the biology of gastrointestinal adult stem cells. Marked by Lgr5 and Troy, several novel endodermal stem cells have been identified in the gastrointestinal tract. A precise working model of stem cell propagation, dynamics, and plasticity has been revealed by a genetic labeling method, termed lineage tracing...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Taichi Matsumoto, Wakana Mochizuki, Yoichi Nibe, Shintaro Akiyama, Yuka Matsumoto, Kengo Nozaki, Masayoshi Fukuda, Ayumi Hayashi, Tomohiro Mizutani, Shigeru Oshima, Mamoru Watanabe, Tetsuya Nakamura
Retinol (ROL), the alcohol form of vitamin A, is known to control cell fate decision of various types of stem cells in the form of its active metabolite, retinoic acid (RA). However, little is known about whether ROL has regulatory effects on colonic stem cells. We examined in this study the effect of ROL on the growth of murine normal colonic cells cultured as organoids. As genes involved in RA synthesis from ROL were differentially expressed along the length of the colon, we tested the effect of ROL on proximal and distal colon organoids separately...
2016: PloS One
Wenli Ni, Shan Zeng, Wenyan Li, Yan Chen, Shasha Zhang, Mingliang Tang, Shan Sun, Renjie Chai, Huawei Li
Hair cell (HC) loss is the main cause of permanent hearing loss in mammals. Previous studies have reported that in neonatal mice cochleae, Wnt activation promotes supporting cell (SC) proliferation and Notch inhibition promotes the trans-differentiation of SCs into HCs. However, Wnt activation alone fails to regenerate significant amounts of new HCs, Notch inhibition alone regenerates the HCs at the cost of exhausting the SC population, which leads to the death of the newly regenerated HCs. Mitotic HC regeneration might preserve the SC number while regenerating the HCs, which could be a better approach for long-term HC regeneration...
August 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Magdalena Żak, Thijs van Oort, Ferry G Hendriksen, Marie-Isabelle Garcia, Gilbert Vassart, Wilko Grolman
In the developing cochlea, Wnt/β-catenin signaling positively regulates the proliferation of precursors and promotes the formation of hair cells by up-regulating Atoh1 expression. Not much, however, is known about the regulation of Wnt/β-catenin activity in the cochlea. In multiple tissues, the activity of Wnt/β-catenin signaling is modulated by an interaction between LGR receptors and their ligands from the R-spondin family. The deficiency in Lgr4 and Lgr5 genes leads to developmental malformations and lethality...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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