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Xingxing Zhou, Shijing Guo, Jiaxi Gao, Jianmin Zhao, Shuyan Xue, Wenju Xu
Based on cascade catalysis amplification driven by glucose oxidase (GOx), a sensitive electrochemical impedimetric aptasensor for protein (carcinoembryonic antigen, CEA as tested model) was proposed by using Cu-based metal-organic frameworks functionalized with Pt nanoparticles, aptamer, hemin and GOx (Pt@CuMOFs-hGq-GOx). CEA aptamer loaded onto Pt@CuMOFs was bound with hemin to form hemin@G-quadruplex (hGq) with mimicking peroxidase activity. Through sandwich-type reaction of target CEA and CEA aptamers (Apt1 and Apt2), the obtained Pt@CuMOFs-hGq-GOx as signal transduction probes (STPs) was captured to the modified electrode interface...
June 20, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Naoya Uchida, Atsushi Fujita, Matthew M Hsieh, Aylin C Bonifacino, Allen E Krouse, Mark E Metzger, Robert E Donahue, John F Tisdale
Steady state bone marrow (BM) is the preferred hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) source for gene therapy in sickle cell disease (SCD) due to the recognized risk of vaso-occlusive crisis during granulocyte colony-stimulating factor mobilization. We previously established clinically relevant HSC gene transfer in the rhesus model following transplantation of mobilized peripheral blood (PB) CD34(+) cells transduced with lentiviral vectors. In this study, we examined steady state bone marrow (BM) in the rhesus competitive repopulation model and demonstrate similar gene marking in vitro and in vivo, as compared with mobilized PB CD34(+) cells...
September 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
Franziska Peter, Michaela Trilck, Michael Rabenstein, Arndt Rolfs, Moritz J Frech
Data presented in this article demonstrate the generation and characterization of two novel Niemann-Pick disease Type C1 (NPC1) patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines, related to the research article Trilck et al. (Diversity of Glycosphingolipid GM2 and Cholesterol Accumulation in NPC1 Patient-Specific iPSC-Derived Neurons; Brain Res.; 2017; 1657:52-61. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2016.11.031). For reprogramming fibroblasts, carrying the novel homozygous mutation c.1180T>C and the prevalent homozygous mutation c...
June 2017: Data in Brief
Yuehong Wu, Ouyang Li, Chengwen He, Yong Li, Min Li, Xiaoming Liu Liu, Yujiong Wang, Yulong He
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) represent an important tool to develop disease‑modeling assays, drug testing assays and cell‑based replacement therapies. The application of iPS in these fields requires the development of suitable animal models. Of the suitable species, guinea pigs are particularly important and offer significant advantages. Successful iPS generation has been accomplished in a number of species; however, it has not been reported in the guinea pig. The present study successfully generated iPS from guinea pigs (giPS) using single polycistronic virus transduction with mouse octamer‑binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4), sex determining region Y‑box 2 (Sox2), Kruppel‑like factor 4 and c‑Myc...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
M Ullah, Y Kuroda, T J Bartosh, F Liu, Q Zhao, C Gregory, R Reger, J Xu, R H Lee, D J Prockop
One attractive strategy to treat cancers is to deliver an exogenous enzyme that will convert a non-toxic compound to a highly toxic derivative. The strategy was tested with viral vectors but was disappointing because the efficiency of transduction into tumor cells was too low. Recent reports demonstrated that the limitation can be addressed by using tissue-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) to deliver enzyme/prodrug systems that kill adjacent cancer cells through bystander effects. Here we addressed the limitation that tissue-derived MSCs vary in their properties and are difficult to generate in the large numbers needed for clinical applications...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
Dharmendra Kumar, Taruna Anand, Wilfried A Kues
The recent establishment of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells promises the development of autologous cell therapies for degenerative diseases, without the ethical concerns associated with human embryonic stem (ES) cells. Initially, iPS cells were generated by retroviral transduction of somatic cells with core reprogramming genes. To avoid potential genotoxic effects associated with retroviral transfection, more recently, alternative non-viral gene transfer approaches were developed. Before a potential clinical application of iPS cell-derived therapies can be planned, it must be ensured that the reprogramming to pluripotency is not associated with genome mutagenesis or epigenetic aberrations...
April 2017: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Fengming Yue, Kanji Hirashima, Daihachiro Tomotsune, Sakiko Takizawa-Shirasawa, Tadayuki Yokoyama, Katsunori Sasaki
Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignancy in pediatric patients. It develops rapidly in the retina and can be fatal if not treated promptly. It has been proposed that a small population of cancer cells, termed cancer stem cells (CSCs), initiate tumorigenesis from immature tissue stem cells or progenitor cells. Reprogramming technology, which can convert mature cells into pluripotent stem cells (iPS), provides the possibility of transducing malignant cancer cells back to CSCs, a type of early stage of cancer...
January 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Rami Rahal
The isolation of protein complexes is a powerful method to elucidate how signaling networks are regulated. Co-immunoprecipitation (co-IP) is a widely used procedure to detect and characterize the physical association of pathway components that has frequently been used to reveal mechanisms of pathway regulation. This chapter outlines the roles of protein-protein interactions in signal transduction and the regulatory functions such assemblies impart to cells. The principles behind co-IPs are discussed and best practices for conducting and interpreting co-IPs experiments are outlined...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Lenard S Vranckx, Jonas Demeulemeester, Zeger Debyser, Rik Gijsbers
The capacity to integrate transgenes into the host cell genome makes retroviral vectors an interesting tool for gene therapy. Although stable insertion resulted in successful correction of several monogenic disorders, it also accounts for insertional mutagenesis, a major setback in otherwise successful clinical gene therapy trials due to leukemia development in a subset of treated patients. Despite improvements in vector design, their use is still not risk-free. Lentiviral vector (LV) integration is directed into active transcription units by LEDGF/p75, a host-cell protein co-opted by the viral integrase...
2016: PloS One
Neeraj Malhotra
iPS cells are derived from somatic cells via transduction and expression of selective transcription factors. Both viral-integrating (like retroviral) and non-integrating (like, mRNA or protein-based) techniques are available for the production of iPS cells. In the field of dentistry, iPS cells have been derived from stem cells of apical papilla, dental pulp stem cells, and stem cells from exfoliated deciduous teeth, gingival and periodontal ligament fibroblasts, and buccal mucosa fibroblasts. iPS cells have the potential to differentiate into all derivatives of the 3 primary germ layers i...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Stem Cells
Tao Li, Yuqing Sun, Yuan Ruan, Lijiiao Xu, Yajun Hu, Zhipeng Hao, Xin Zhang, Hong Li, Youshan Wang, Liguo Yang, Baodong Chen
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis is known to stimulate plant drought tolerance. However, the mechanisms underlying the synergistic responses of the symbiotic partners to drought stress are largely unknown. A split-root experiment was designed to investigate the molecular interactions between a host plant and an AM fungus (AMF) under drought stress. In the two-compartment cultivation system, an entire or only a half root system of a maize plant was inoculated with an AMF, Rhizophagus intraradices, in the presence of localized or systemic drought treatment...
November 2016: Mycorrhiza
Han-Kyu Lee, Peter Morin, Weiming Xia
Improvement in transduction efficiency makes it possible to convert blood cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). In this study, we generated an iPSC line from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) donated by a patient who exhibited memory deficit at age 59; outcome of positron emission tomography scan is consistent with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Integration-free CytoTune-iPS Sendai Reprogramming factors which include Sendai virus particles of the four Yamanaka factors Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, and c-Myc were introduced to PBMC to convert them to iPSCs without retention of virus...
March 2016: Stem Cell Research
Shaozhe Yang, Haijun Shi, Xinran Chu, Xiaoling Zhou, Pingnan Sun
OBJECTIVES: To improve the efficiency, reproducibility and consistency of the PEI-based transfection method that is often used in preparation of recombinant lentiviral or retroviral vectors. RESULTS: The contributions to transfection efficiency of multi-factors including concentration of PEI or DNA, dilution buffer for PEI/DNA, manner to prepare PEI/DNA complexes, influence of serum, incubation time for PEI/DNA complexes, and transfection time were studied. Gentle mixing during the preparation of PEI/DNA transfection complexes is critical for a high transfection efficiency...
September 2016: Biotechnology Letters
Barbara Mlody, James Adjaye
Human dermal fibroblasts from a Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome (NBS) patient bearing the 657del5 mutation within the DNA repair gene NIBRIN were used to generate two iPSC-lines (vNBS8-iPS-c1, vNBS8-iPS-c2) by retroviral transduction of OCT4, SOX2, c-MYC and KLF4. Pluripotency was confirmed both in vivo and in vitro.
November 2015: Stem Cell Research
Shaojun Zhang, Wenzhu Yang, Qianqian Zhao, Xiaojin Zhou, Ling Jiang, Shuai Ma, Xiaoqing Liu, Ye Li, Chunyi Zhang, Yunliu Fan, Rumei Chen
BACKGROUND: D-myo-inositol phosphates (IPs) are a series of phosphate esters. Myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (phytic acid, IP6) is the most abundant IP and has negative effects on animal and human nutrition. IPs play important roles in plant development, stress responses, and signal transduction. However, the metabolic pathways and possible regulatory mechanisms of IPs in maize are unclear. In this study, the B73 (high in phytic acid) and Qi319 (low in phytic acid) lines were selected for RNA-Seq analysis from 427 inbred lines based on a screening of IP levels...
February 24, 2016: BMC Genomics
Huiting Liu, Fanhui Zeng, Ming Zhang, Fajun Huang, Jiajun Wang, Jingjing Guo, Changbai Liu, Hu Wang
The plasma membrane remains a major barrier for intracellular drug delivery, to overcome this issue, a variety of approaches have been developed and used to deliver therapeutic cargos. Among these approaches, cell penetrating peptide (CPP) is promising and affords widely used vector for efficient intracellular delivery of cargos. Moreover, the latter findings including iPS reprogramming and direct transdifferentiation as well as gene editing have gradually become hot research topic; because their application in tissue engineering and disease modeling have great potential to advance innovation in precision medicine...
March 28, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Daiki Nakamori, Kazuo Takayama, Yasuhito Nagamoto, Seiji Mitani, Fuminori Sakurai, Masashi Tachibana, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
Hepatocyte-like cells differentiated from human iPS cells (human iPS-HLCs) are expected to be utilized in drug development and research. However, recent hepatic characterization of human iPS-HLCs showed that these cells resemble fetal hepatocytes rather than adult hepatocytes. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to develop a method to enhance the hepatic function of human iPS-HLCs. Because the gene expression levels of the hepatic transcription factors (activating transcription factor 5 (ATF5), CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein alpha (c/EBPα), and prospero homeobox protein 1 (PROX1)) in adult liver were significantly higher than those in human iPS-HLCs and fetal liver, we expected that the hepatic functions of human iPS-HLCs could be enhanced by adenovirus (Ad) vector-mediated ATF5, c/EBPα, and PROX1 transduction...
January 15, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Taku Kaitsuka, Kazuhito Tomizawa
Protein transduction using cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) is useful for the delivery of large protein molecules, including some transcription factors. This method is safer than gene transfection methods with a viral vector because there is no risk of genomic integration of the exogenous DNA. Recently, this method was reported as a means for the induction of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, directing the differentiation into specific cell types and supporting gene editing/correction. Furthermore, we developed a direct differentiation method to obtain a pancreatic lineage from mouse and human pluripotent stem cells via the protein transduction of three transcription factors, Pdx1, NeuroD, and MafA...
2015: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Daekee Kwon, Jin-Su Kim, Byung-Hyun Cha, Kwang-Sook Park, Inbo Han, Kyung-Soon Park, Hojae Bae, Myung-Kwan Han, Kwang-Soo Kim, Soo-Hong Lee
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are pivotal to the advancement of regenerative medicine. However, the low efficacy of iPSC generation and insufficient knowledge about the reprogramming mechanisms involved in somatic cell/adult stem cell reversion to a pluripotent phenotype remain critical hurdles to the therapeutic application of iPSCs. The present study investigated whether the concentration of fetal bovine serum (FBS), a widely employed cell culture additive, can influence the cellular reprogramming efficacy (RE) of human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) to generate iPSCs...
2016: Cell Transplantation
Swathi Kotla, Kurt E Gustin
BACKGROUND: The type I interferon (IFN) response is a critical component of the innate immune response to infection by RNA viruses and is initiated via recognition of viral nucleic acids by RIG-like receptors (RLR). Engagement of these receptors in the cytoplasm initiates a signal transduction pathway leading to activation of the transcription factors NF-κB, ATF-2 and IRF-3 that coordinately upregulate transcription of type I IFN genes, such as that encoding IFN-β. In this study the impact of poliovirus infection on the type I interferon response has been examined...
October 6, 2015: Virology Journal
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