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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099929/modeling-the-phenotype-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-by-the-direct-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-to-motor-neurons
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Qi-Jie Zhang, Jin-Jing Li, Xiang Lin, Ying-Qian Lu, Xin-Xin Guo, En-Lin Dong, Miao Zhao, Jin He, Ning Wang, Wan-Jin Chen
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a lethal autosomal recessive neurological disease characterized by selective degeneration of motor neurons in the spinal cord. In recent years, the development of cellular reprogramming technology has provided an alternative and effective method for obtaining patient-specific neurons in vitro. In the present study, we applied this technology to the field of SMA to acquire patient-specific induced motor neurons that were directly converted from fibroblasts via the forced expression of 8 defined transcription factors...
January 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088067/tuning-neural-circuits-by-turning-the-interneuron-knob
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REVIEW
Nathalie Dehorter, Nicolás Marichal, Oscar Marín, Benedikt Berninger
Interneurons play a critical role in sculpting neuronal circuit activity and their dysfunction can result in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. To temporally structure and balance neuronal activity in the adult brain interneurons display a remarkable degree of subclass-specific plasticity, of which the underlying molecular mechanisms have recently begun to be elucidated. Grafting new interneurons to pre-existing neuronal networks allows for amelioration of circuit dysfunction in rodent models of neurological disease and can reopen critical windows for circuit plasticity...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075486/highly-expandable-human-ips-cell-derived-neural-progenitor-cells-npc-and-neurons-for-central-nervous-system-disease-modeling-and-high-throughput-screening
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Chialin Cheng, Daniel M Fass, Kat Folz-Donahue, Marcy E MacDonald, Stephen J Haggarty
Reprogramming of human somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has greatly expanded the set of research tools available to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Realizing the promise of iPS cell technology for the identification of novel therapeutic targets and for high-throughput drug screening requires implementation of methods for the large-scale production of defined CNS cell types. Here we describe a protocol for generating stable, highly expandable, iPS cell-derived CNS neural progenitor cells (NPC) using multi-dimensional fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) to purify NPC defined by cell surface markers...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073086/human-neural-progenitors-derived-from-integration-free-ipscs-for-sci-therapy
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Ying Liu, Yiyan Zheng, Shenglan Li, Haipeng Xue, Karl Schmitt, Georgene W Hergenroeder, Jiaqian Wu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Dong H Kim, Qilin Cao
As a potentially unlimited autologous cell source, patient induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provide great capability for tissue regeneration, particularly in spinal cord injury (SCI). However, despite significant progress made in translation of iPSC-derived neural progenitor cells (NPCs) to clinical settings, a few hurdles remain. Among them, non-invasive approach to obtain source cells in a timely manner, safer integration-free delivery of reprogramming factors, and purification of NPCs before transplantation are top priorities to overcome...
January 5, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071709/early-life-peripheral-lipopolysaccharide-challenge-reprograms-catecholaminergic-neurons
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Lin Kooi Ong, Erin A Fuller, Luba Sominsky, Deborah M Hodgson, Peter R Dunkley, Phillip W Dickson
Neonatal immune challenge with the bacterial mimetic lipopolysaccharide has the capacity to generate long-term changes in the brain. Neonatal rats were intraperitoneally injected with lipopolysaccharide (0.05 mg/kg) on postnatal day (PND) 3 and again on PND 5. The activation state of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) was measured in the locus coeruleus, ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra on PND 85. In the locus coeruleus there was an approximately four-fold increase in TH activity. This was accompanied by a significant increase in TH protein together with increased phosphorylation of all three serine residues in the N-terminal region of TH...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070808/combined-positive-effect-of-oocyte-extracts-and-brilliant-cresyl-blue-stained-recipient-cytoplasts-on-epigenetic-reprogramming-and-gene-expression-in-buffalo-nuclear-transfer-embryos
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E M Sadeesh, Shah Fozia, Kataria Meena
This study examined the effects of buffalo oocyte extracts (BOE) on donor cells reprogramming and molecular characterisation of oocytes screened via brilliant cresyl blue (BCB) staining and comparison of gene expression profiles of developmentally important genes in blastocysts from IVF and cloned derived from BOE treated donor cells with BCB selected recipient cytoplasts. Relative abundance (RA) of OCT4 and NANOG was increased (P < 0.05) and HDAC-1, DNMT-1, and DNMT-3A decreased (P < 0.05) in extract treated cells (ETCs)...
January 9, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025176/beyond-proneural-emerging-functions-and-regulations-of-proneural-proteins
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REVIEW
François Guillemot, Bassem A Hassan
Proneural proteins, which include Ascl1, Atoh1 and Neurogenins épinière in vertebrates and Achaete-Scute proteins and Atonal in Drosophila, are expressed in the developing nervous system throughout the animal kingdom and have an essential and well-characterised role in specifying the neural identity of progenitors. New properties and additional roles of these factors have emerged in recent years, including the regulation of stem cell proliferation and the capacity to reprogram many types of cells into neurons...
December 22, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991488/a-neuronal-network-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-regulates-metastasis
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M Cecilia Caino, Jae Ho Seo, Angeline Aguinaldo, Eric Wait, Kelly G Bryant, Andrew V Kossenkov, James E Hayden, Valentina Vaira, Annamaria Morotti, Stefano Ferrero, Silvano Bosari, Dmitry I Gabrilovich, Lucia R Languino, Andrew R Cohen, Dario C Altieri
The role of mitochondria in cancer is controversial. Using a genome-wide shRNA screen, we now show that tumours reprogram a network of mitochondrial dynamics operative in neurons, including syntaphilin (SNPH), kinesin KIF5B and GTPase Miro1/2 to localize mitochondria to the cortical cytoskeleton and power the membrane machinery of cell movements. When expressed in tumours, SNPH inhibits the speed and distance travelled by individual mitochondria, suppresses organelle dynamics, and blocks chemotaxis and metastasis, in vivo...
December 19, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981499/direct-conversion-of-somatic-cells-into-induced-neurons
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REVIEW
Na An, Huiming Xu, Wei-Qiang Gao, Hao Yang
The progressive loss and degeneration of neurons in the central nervous system (CNS), as a result of traumas or diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease, stroke, and traumatic injury to the brain and spinal cord, can usually have devastating effects on quality of life. The current strategies available for treatments are described including drug delivery, surgery, electrical stimulation, and cell-based tissue engineering approaches. However, apart from cell-based therapy, other attempts are limited in improving clinical outcomes...
December 16, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979736/the-expanding-horizon-of-micrornas-in-cellular-reprogramming
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REVIEW
Yogita K Adlakha, Pankaj Seth
Research over the last few years in cellular reprogramming has enlightened the magical potential of microRNAs (miRNAs) in changing the cell fate from somatic to pluripotent. Recent investigations on exploring the role(s) of miRNAs in somatic cell reprogramming revealed that they target a wide range of molecules and refine their protein output. This leads to fine tuning of distinct cellular processes including cell cycle, signalling pathways, transcriptional activation/silencing and epigenetic modelling. The concerted actions of miRNA on different pathways simultaneously strengthen the transition from a differentiated to de-differentiated state...
December 12, 2016: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965090/overexpression-of-mir-183-96-182-triggers-neuronal-cell-fate-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-hrpe-cells-in-culture
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Maliheh Davari, Zahra-Soheila Soheili, Shahram Samiei, Zohreh Sharifi, Ehsan Ranaei Pirmardan
miR-183 cluster, composed of miR-183/-96/-182 genes, is highly expressed in the adult retina, particularly in photoreceptors. It involves in development, maturation and normal function of neuroretina. Ectopic overexpression of miR-183/-96/-182 genes was performed to assess reprogramming of hRPE cells. They were amplified from genomic DNA and cloned independently or in tandem configuration into pAAV.MCS vector. hRPE cells were then transfected with the recombinant constructs. Real-Time PCR was performed to measure the expression levels of miR-183/-96/-182 and that of several retina-specific neuronal genes such as OTX2, NRL, PDC and DCT...
January 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956744/patient-specific-models-of-microglia-mediated-engulfment-of-synapses-and-neural-progenitors
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C M Sellgren, S D Sheridan, J Gracias, D Xuan, T Fu, R H Perlis
Engulfment of synapses and neural progenitor cells (NPCs) by microglia is critical for the development and maintenance of proper brain circuitry, and has been implicated in neurodevelopmental as well as neurodegenerative disease etiology. We have developed and validated models of these mechanisms by reprogramming microglia-like cells from peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and combining them with NPCs and neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells to create patient-specific cellular models of complement-dependent synaptic pruning and elimination of NPCs...
December 13, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943183/generation-of-spinal-motor-neurons-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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David P Santos, Evangelos Kiskinis
Human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are characterized by their unique ability to self-renew indefinitely, as well as to differentiate into any cell type of the human body. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) share these salient characteristics with ESCs and can easily be generated from any given individual by reprogramming somatic cell types such as fibroblasts or blood cells. The spinal motor neuron (MN) is a specialized neuronal subtype that synapses with muscle to control movement. Here, we present a method to generate functional, postmitotic, spinal motor neurons through the directed differentiation of ESCs and iPSCs by the use of small molecules...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934603/generation-and-characterization-of-an-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-from-a-patient-with-clozapine-resistant-schizophrenia
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Fabio Marsoner, Matteo Marcatili, Thodoris Karnavas, Daniele Bottai, Armando D'Agostino, Silvio Scarone, Luciano Conti
Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs) were collected from a patient with clozapine-resistant (also known as "super-refractory") Schizophrenia. iPSCs were established with a non-integrating Sendai virus-based reprogramming system. A footprint-free hiPSC line was characterized to express the main endogenous pluripotency markers and to retain a normal karyotype. Cells showed pluripotency competency by giving rise to progeny of differentiated cells belonging to the three germ layers. This hiPSC line represents a valuable tool to obtain mature, pathology-relevant neuronal populations in vitro that are suitable to investigate the molecular background of the schizophrenic disorder and the resultant patients' response to treatments...
November 10, 2016: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934596/establishment-of-an-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-from-a-patient-with-clozapine-responder-schizophrenia
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Matteo Marcatili, Fabio Marsoner, Armando D'Agostino, Thodoris Karnavas, Daniele Bottai, Silvio Scarone, Luciano Conti
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were collected from a patient with treatment-refractory Schizophrenia who presented an exceptional clinical response to Clozapine. iPSC lines were established with a non-integrating reprogramming system based on Sendai virus. A footprint-free hiPSC line was characterized to confirm the expression of the main endogenous pluripotency markers and have a regular karyotype. Pluripotency was confirmed by differentiation into cells belonging to the three germ layers. This hiPSC line represents a valuable tool to study the molecular, biochemical and electrophysiological properties of mature neuronal populations belonging to Clozapine responder patients with a severe form of Schizophrenia...
November 9, 2016: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926877/ptbp1-and-ptbp2-serve-both-specific-and-redundant-functions-in-neuronal-pre-mrna-splicing
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John K Vuong, Chia-Ho Lin, Min Zhang, Liang Chen, Douglas L Black, Sika Zheng
Families of alternative splicing regulators often contain multiple paralogs presumed to fulfill different functions. Polypyrimidine tract binding proteins PTBP1 and PTBP2 reprogram developmental pre-mRNA splicing in neurons, but how their regulatory networks differ is not understood. To compare their targeting, we generated a knockin allele that conditionally expresses PTBP1. Bred to a Ptbp2 knockout, the transgene allowed us to compare the developmental and molecular phenotypes of mice expressing only PTBP1, only PTBP2, or neither protein in the brain...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917895/small-molecules-increase-direct-neural-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts
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Ulrich Pfisterer, Fredrik Ek, Stefan Lang, Shamit Soneji, Roger Olsson, Malin Parmar
The generation of human induced neurons (hiNs) via exogenous delivery of neural transcription factors represents a novel technique to obtain disease and patient specific neurons. These cells have the potential to be used for disease modeling, diagnostics and drug screening, and also to be further developed for brain repair. In the present study, we utilized hiNs to develop an unbiased screening assay for small molecules that increase the conversion efficiency. Using this assay, we screened 307 compounds from five annotated libraries and identified six compounds that were very potent in potentiating the reprogramming process...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916472/generation-of-neural-cells-using-ipscs-from-sleep-bruxism-patients-with-5-ht2a-polymorphism
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Yurie Hoashi, Satoshi Okamoto, Yuka Abe, Takashi Matsumoto, Junichi Tanaka, Yuya Yoshida, Kent Imaizumi, Kenji Mishima, Wado Akamatsu, Hideyuki Okano, Kazuyoshi Baba
PURPOSE: Sleep bruxism (SB) is classified as a sleep-related movement disorder characterized by grinding and clenching of the teeth during sleep, which is responsible for a variety of clinical problems such as abnormal tooth attrition and fracture of teeth or roots. Little is known about the etiology of SB. Our previous study identified a genomic association of the serotonin 2A receptor (5-HT2A) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs6313 C>T, with SB, where the C allele carrier is associated with a 4...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904699/generation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-with-high-efficiency-from-human-embryonic-renal-cortical-cells
#19
Ling Yao, Ruifang Chen, Pu Wang, Qi Zhang, Hailiang Tang, Huaping Sun
Reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) emerges as a prospective therapeutic angle in regenerative medicine and a tool for drug screening. Although increasing numbers of iPSCs from different sources have been generated, there has been limited progress in yield of iPSC. Here, we show that four Yamanaka factors Oct4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc can convert human embryonic renal cortical cells (hERCCs) to pluripotent stem cells with a roughly 40-fold higher reprogramming efficiency compared with that of adult human dermal fibroblasts...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893223/intervention-with-the-mother-infant-relationship-reduces-cell-proliferation-in-the-locus-coeruleus-of-female-rat-pups
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Elisa Cristiana Winkelmann Duarte, Márcia Scherem de Azevedo, Gabriela Augusta Mateus Pereira, Marilda da Cruz Fernandes, Aldo Bolten Lucion
The Locus Coeruleus (LC) is a noradrenergic nucleus involved in several neuroendocrine and behavioral functions. During the neonatal period, the LC is critical for olfactory learning. Full development occurs during the early postnatal period. Environmental interventions after birth may affect neurogenesis. In rats, the neonatal handling procedure has been used as a model to analyze the effects of environmental intervention early in life. It has been related to several long-lasting behavioral and neuroendocrine changes...
November 28, 2016: Behavioral Neuroscience
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