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neuron reprogramming

Rinat Sultanov, Olga Lebedeva, Georgij Arapidi, Maria Lagarkova, Sergei Kiselev
The genetic reprogramming technology allows generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from somatic cells (Takahashi and Yamanaka, 2006) [1]. iPSCs have the ability to self-renew, and to differentiate into any type of somatic cells, and are considered as a promising tool for drug development, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine. The reprogramming factors (oct4, sox2, klf4, c-myc) can be delivered to the cell nucleus either by vectors integrating into the genome (lentiviruses, retroviruses) or by non-integrative methods (e...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Daniel J Dennis, Sisu Han, Carol Schuurmans
The formation of functional neural circuits in the vertebrate central nervous system (CNS) requires that appropriate numbers of the correct types of neuronal and glial cells are generated in their proper places and times during development. In the embryonic CNS, multipotent progenitor cells first acquire regional identities, and then undergo precisely choreographed temporal identity transitions (i.e. time-dependent changes in their identity) that determine how many neuronal and glial cells of each type they will generate...
March 12, 2018: Brain Research
Huan Yi, Bingbing Xie, Ben Liu, Xuan Wang, Li Xu, Jia Liu, Min Li, Xiufeng Zhong, Fuhua Peng
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have provided new opportunities for motor neuron disease (MND) modeling, drug screening, and cellular therapeutic development. Among the various types of iPSCs, urine-derived iPSCs have become a promising source of stem cells because they can be safely and noninvasively isolated and easily reprogrammed. Here, for the first time, we differentiated urine-derived iPSCs (urine-iPSCs) into motor neurons (MNs) and compared the capacity of urine-iPSCs and cord-blood-derived iPSCs (B-iPSCs) to differentiate into MNs...
2018: Stem Cells International
Martina Pesaresi, Sergi A Bonilla-Pons, Giacoma Simonte, Daniela Sanges, Umberto Di Vicino, Maria Pia Cosma
Müller glial cells (MGCs) represent the most plastic cell type found in the retina. Following injury, zebrafish and avian MGCs can efficiently re-enter the cell cycle, proliferate and generate new functional neurons. The regenerative potential of mammalian MGCs, however, is very limited. Here, we showed that N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) damage stimulates murine MGCs to re-enter the cell cycle and de-differentiate back to a progenitor-like stage. These events are dependent on the recruitment of endogenous bone marrow cells (BMCs), which, in turn, is regulated by the stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF1)-C-X-C motif chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) pathway...
February 28, 2018: EBioMedicine
Linnea A Weiss, Marta Nieto
Cux1 and Cux2 are the vertebrate members of a family of homeodomain transcription factors (TF) containing Cut repeat DNA-binding sequences. Perturbation of their expression has been implicated in a wide variety of diseases and disorders, ranging from cancer to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Within the nervous system, both genes are expressed during neurogenesis and in specific neuronal subpopulations. Their role during development and circuit specification is discussed here, with a particular focus on the cortex where their restricted expression in pyramidal neurons of the upper layers appears to be responsible for many of the specialized functions of these cells, and where their functions have been extensively investigated...
March 5, 2018: Brain Research
C Y Daniel Lee, Anthony Daggett, Xiaofeng Gu, Lu-Lin Jiang, Peter Langfelder, Xiaoguang Li, Nan Wang, Yingjun Zhao, Chang Sin Park, Yonatan Cooper, Isabella Ferando, Istvan Mody, Giovanni Coppola, Huaxi Xu, X William Yang
Variants of TREM2 are associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). To study whether increasing TREM2 gene dosage could modify the disease pathogenesis, we developed BAC transgenic mice expressing human TREM2 (BAC-TREM2) in microglia. We found that elevated TREM2 expression reduced amyloid burden in the 5xFAD mouse model. Transcriptomic profiling demonstrated that increasing TREM2 levels conferred a rescuing effect, which includes dampening the expression of multiple disease-associated microglial genes and augmenting downregulated neuronal genes...
March 7, 2018: Neuron
Lu Wang, Daniel Hiler, Beisi Xu, Issam AlDiri, Xiang Chen, Xin Zhou, Lyra Griffiths, Marc Valentine, Abbas Shirinifard, András Sablauer, Suresh Thiagarajan, Marie-Elizabeth Barabas, Jiakun Zhang, Dianna Johnson, Sharon Frase, Michael A Dyer
Diverse cell types can be reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cells by ectopic expression of Oct4 (Pou5f1), Klf4, Sox3, and Myc. Many of these induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) retain memory, in terms of DNA methylation and histone modifications (epigenetic memory), of their cellular origins, and this may bias subsequent differentiation. Neurons are difficult to reprogram, and there has not been a systematic side-by-side characterization of reprogramming efficiency or epigenetic memory across different neuronal subtypes...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Malek Chouchane, Marcos R Costa
The adult mammalian brain contains an enormous variety of neuronal types, which are generally categorized in large groups, based on their neurochemical identity, hodological properties and molecular markers. This broad classification has allowed the correlation between individual neural progenitor populations and their neuronal progeny, thus contributing to probe the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in neuronal identity determination during central nervous system (CNS) development. In this review, we discuss the contribution of the proneural genes Neurogenin2 (Neurog2) and Achaete-scute homolog 1(Ascl1) for the specification of neuronal phenotypes in the developing neocortex, cerebellum and retina...
March 3, 2018: Brain Research
Hang-Soo Park, Hyosung Kwon, Jewon Yu, Yeonju Bae, Jae-Yong Park, Kyung-Ah Choi, Yeonho Choi, Sunghoi Hong
Direct conversion is a powerful approach to safely generate mature neural lineages with potential for treatment of neurological disorders. Astrocytes play a crucial role in neuronal homeostasis and their dysfunctions contribute to several neurodegenerative diseases. Using a single-cell approach for precision, we describe here a robust method using optimized DNA amounts for the direct conversion of mouse fibroblasts to astrocytes. Controlled amount of the reprogramming factors Oct4, Sox2, Klf4 and cMyc was directly delivered into a single fibroblast cell...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
M Szelechowski, N Amoedo, E Obre, C Léger, L Allard, M Bonneu, S Claverol, D Lacombe, S Oliet, S Chevallier, G Le Masson, R Rossignol
Mitochondrial dysfunction in the spinal cord is a hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but the neurometabolic alterations during early stages of the disease remain unknown. Here, we investigated the bioenergetic and proteomic changes in ALS mouse motor neurons and patients' skin fibroblasts. We first observed that SODG93A mice presymptomatic motor neurons display alterations in the coupling efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation, along with fragmentation of the mitochondrial network. The proteome of presymptomatic ALS mice motor neurons also revealed a peculiar metabolic signature with upregulation of most energy-transducing enzymes, including the fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and the ketogenic components HADHA and ACAT2, respectively...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Martine Uittenbogaard, Christine A Brantner, Anne Chiaramello
During neural development, epigenetic modulation of chromatin acetylation is part of a dynamic, sequential and critical process to steer the fate of multipotent neural progenitors toward a specific lineage. Pan-HDAC inhibitors (HDCis) trigger neuronal differentiation by generating an "acetylation" signature and promoting the expression of neurogenic bHLH transcription factors. Our studies and others have revealed a link between neuronal differentiation and increase of mitochondrial mass. However, the neuronal regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis has remained largely unexplored...
March 2, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Teppei Noda, Steven J Meas, Jumpei Nogami, Yutaka Amemiya, Ryutaro Uchi, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Koji Nishimura, Alain Dabdoub
Primary auditory neurons (PANs) play a critical role in hearing by transmitting sound information from the inner ear to the brain. Their progressive degeneration is associated with excessive noise, disease and aging. The loss of PANs leads to permanent hearing impairment since they are incapable of regenerating. Spiral ganglion non-neuronal cells (SGNNCs), comprised mainly of glia, are resident within the modiolus and continue to survive after PAN loss. These attributes make SGNNCs an excellent target for replacing damaged PANs through cellular reprogramming...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Chun-Hao Su, Dhananjaya D, Woan-Yuh Tarn
Alternative splicing of precursor mRNA is an important mechanism that increases transcriptomic and proteomic diversity and also post-transcriptionally regulates mRNA levels. Alternative splicing occurs at high frequency in brain tissues and contributes to every step of nervous system development, including cell-fate decisions, neuronal migration, axon guidance, and synaptogenesis. Genetic manipulation and RNA sequencing have provided insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of alternative splicing in stem cell self-renewal and neuronal fate specification...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Layla T Ghaffari, Alexander Starr, Andrew T Nelson, Rita Sattler
Neurological diseases, including dementias such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and degenerative motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are responsible for an increasing fraction of worldwide fatalities. Researching these heterogeneous diseases requires models that endogenously express the full array of genetic and epigenetic factors which may influence disease development in both familial and sporadic patients. Here, we discuss the two primary methods of developing patient-derived neurons and glia to model neurodegenerative disease: reprogramming somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are differentiated into neurons or glial cells, or directly converting (DC) somatic cells into neurons (iNeurons) or glial cells...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Shannon E Rose, Harald Frankowski, Allison Knupp, Bonnie J Berry, Refugio Martinez, Stephanie Q Dinh, Lauren T Bruner, Sherry L Willis, Paul K Crane, Eric B Larson, Thomas Grabowski, Martin Darvas, C Dirk Keene, Jessica E Young
Patient-specific stem cell technology from skin and other biopsy sources has transformed in vitro models of neurodegenerative disease, permitting interrogation of the effects of complex human genetics on neurotoxicity. However, the neuropathologic changes that underlie cognitive and behavioral phenotypes can only be determined at autopsy. To better correlate the biology of derived neurons with age-related and neurodegenerative changes, we generated leptomeningeal cell lines from well-characterized research subjects that have undergone comprehensive postmortem neuropathologic examinations...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Yong Seung Lee, Woon Yong Jung, Hyejung Heo, Min Geun Park, Seung-Hun Oh, Byong-Gon Park, Soonhag Kim
Exosomes, naturally secreted nanoparticles, have been introduced as vehicles for horizontal transfer of genetic material. We induced autologous exosomes containing a cocktail of reprogramming factors ("reprosomes") to convert fibroblasts into neural progenitor cells (NPCs). The fibroblasts were treated with ultrasound and subsequently cultured in neural stem cell medium for 1 day to induce the release of reprosomes composed of reprogramming factors associated with chromatin remodeling and neural lineage-specific factors...
February 22, 2018: ACS Nano
Xing-Guang Liang, Chao Tan, Cheng-Kun Wang, Rong-Rong Tao, Yu-Jie Huang, Kui-Fen Ma, Kohji Fukunaga, Ming-Zhu Huang, Feng Han
OBJECTIVE: The cholinergic deficit is thought to underlie progressed cognitive decline in Alzheimer Disease. The lineage reprogramming of somatic cells into cholinergic neurons may provide strategies toward cell-based therapy of neurodegenerative diseases. METHODS AND RESULTS: Here, we found that a combination of neuronal transcription factors, including Ascl1, Myt1l, Brn2, Tlx3, and miR124 (5Fs) were capable of directly converting human brain vascular pericytes (HBVPs) into cholinergic neuronal cells...
February 17, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Sébastien J Dumas, Gilles Bru-Mercier, Audrey Courboulin, Marceau Quatredeniers, Catherine Rücker-Martin, Fabrice Antigny, Morad K Nakhleh, Benoit Ranchoux, Elodie Gouadon, Maria-Candida Vinhas, Matthieu Vocelle, Nicolas Raymond, Peter Dorfmüller, Elie Fadel, Frédéric Perros, Marc Humbert, Sylvia Cohen-Kaminsky
Background -Excessive proliferation and apoptosis resistance in pulmonary vascular cells underlie vascular remodeling in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Specific treatments for PAH exist, mostly targeting endothelial dysfunction, but high pulmonary arterial pressure still causes heart failure and death. Pulmonary vascular remodeling may be driven by metabolic reprogramming of vascular cells to increase glutaminolysis and glutamate production. The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), a major neuronal glutamate receptor, is also expressed on vascular cells, but its role in PAH is unknown...
February 14, 2018: Circulation
Shelby Shrigley, Karolina Pircs, Roger A Barker, Malin Parmar, Janelle Drouin-Ouellet
Induced neurons (iNs), the product of somatic cells directly converted to neurons, are a way to obtain patient-derived neurons from tissue that is easily accessible. Through this route, mature neurons can be obtained in a matter of a few weeks. Here, we describe a straightforward and rapid one-step protocol to obtain iNs from dermal fibroblasts obtained through biopsy samples from adult human donors. We explain each step of the process, including the maintenance of the dermal fibroblasts, the freezing procedure to build a stock of the cell line, seeding of the cells for reprogramming, as well as the culture conditions during the conversion process...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Michalina Wezyk, Aleksandra Szybinska, Joanna Wojsiat, Marcelina Szczerba, Kelly Day, Harriet Ronnholm, Malin Kele, Mariusz Berdynski, Beata Peplonska, Jakub Piotr Fichna, Jan Ilkowski, Maria Styczynska, Anna Barczak, Marzena Zboch, Anna Filipek-Gliszczynska, Krzysztof Bojakowski, Magdalena Skrzypczak, Krzysztof Ginalski, Michal Kabza, Izabela Makalowska, Maria Barcikowska-Kotowicz, Urszula Wojda, Anna Falk, Cezary Zekanowski
 The BRCA1 protein, one of the major players responsible for DNA damage response has recently been linked to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using primary fibroblasts and neurons reprogrammed from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) derived from familial AD (FAD) patients, we studied the role of the BRCA1 protein underlying molecular neurodegeneration. By whole-transcriptome approach, we have found wide range of disturbances in cell cycle and DNA damage response in FAD fibroblasts. This was manifested by significantly increased content of BRCA1 phosphorylated on Ser1524 and abnormal ubiquitination and subcellular distribution of presenilin 1 (PS1)...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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