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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230276/dissection-of-regulatory-elements-during-direct-conversion-of-somatic-cells-into-neurons
#1
Tahereh Soleimani, Nafiseh Falsafi, Hossein Fallahi
A revolutionary approach that involves direct conversion of somatic cells into almost any other types of cells showed promising results for regenerative medicine. Currently, producing valuable cell types including neurons, cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes through direct conversion of somatic cells appear to be a feasible option for regenerative medicine. The process involves inducing the cells by chemical cocktails or by expression of different types of transcription factors. In this concept, in vitro neurogenesis considered to be able to produce neuron cells to replace damaged neurons especially in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229087/modeling-williams-syndrome-with-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#2
Thanathom Chailangkarn, Alysson R Muotri
The development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) like never before has opened novel opportunity to study diseases in relevant cell types. In our recent study, Williams syndrome (WS), a rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorder, that is caused by hemizygous deletion of 25-28 genes on chromosome 7, is of interest because of its unique cognitive and social profiles. Little is known about haploinsufficiency effect of those deleted genes on molecular and cellular phenotypes at the neural level due to the lack of relevant human cellular model...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216149/direct-generation-of-human-neuronal-cells-from-adult-astrocytes-by-small-molecules
#3
Longfei Gao, Wuqiang Guan, Min Wang, Huihan Wang, Jiali Yu, Qing Liu, Binlong Qiu, Yongchun Yu, Yifang Ping, Xiuwu Bian, Li Shen, Gang Pei
Astrocytes, due to the proximity to neuronal lineage and capability to proliferate, are ideal starting cells to regenerate neurons. Human fetal astrocytes have been successfully converted into neuronal cells by small molecules, which offered a broader range of further applications than transcription factor-mediated neuronal reprogramming. Here we report that human adult astrocytes could also be converted into neuronal cells by a different set of small molecules. These induced cells exhibited typical neuronal morphologies, expressed neuronal markers, and displayed neuronal electrophysiological properties...
February 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216148/epigenetic-modification-of-the-ccl5-ccr1-erk-axis-enhances-glioma-targeting-in-dedifferentiation-reprogrammed-bmscs
#4
Rui Chen, Wayne Yuk-Wai Lee, Xiao Hu Zhang, Jie Ting Zhang, Sien Lin, Liang Liang Xu, Biao Huang, Fu Yuan Yang, Hai Long Liu, Bin Wang, Lai Ling Tsang, Sandrine Willaime-Morawek, Gang Li, Hsiao Chang Chan, Xiaohua Jiang
The success of stem cell-mediated gene therapy in cancer treatment largely depends on the specific homing ability of stem cells. We have previously demonstrated that after in vitro induction of neuronal differentiation and dedifferentiation, bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) revert to a primitive stem cell population (De-neu-BMSCs) distinct from naive BMSCs. We report here that De-neu-BMSCs express significantly higher levels of chemokines, and display enhanced homing abilities to glioma, the effect of which is mediated by the activated CCL5/CCR1/ERK axis...
February 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216145/a-human-neural-crest-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-neuronal-model-recapitulates-biochemical-abnormalities-in-gba1-mutation-carriers
#5
Shi-Yu Yang, Michelle Beavan, Kai-Yin Chau, Jan-Willem Taanman, Anthony H V Schapira
Numerically the most important risk factor for the development of Parkinson's disease (PD) is the presence of mutations in the glucocerebrosidase GBA1 gene. In vitro and in vivo studies show that GBA1 mutations reduce glucocerebrosidase (GCase) activity and are associated with increased α-synuclein levels, reflecting similar changes seen in idiopathic PD brain. We have developed a neural crest stem cell-derived dopaminergic neuronal model that recapitulates biochemical abnormalities in GBA1 mutation-associated PD...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213718/reprogramming-cell-fates-by-small-molecules
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Xiaojie Ma, Linghao Kong, Saiyong Zhu
Reprogramming cell fates towards pluripotent stem cells and other cell types has revolutionized our understanding of cellular plasticity. During the last decade, transcription factors and microRNAs have become powerful reprogramming factors for modulating cell fates. Recently, many efforts are focused on reprogramming cell fates by non-viral and non-integrating chemical approaches. Small molecules not only are useful in generating desired cell types in vitro for various applications, such as disease modeling and cell-based transplantation, but also hold great promise to be further developed as drugs to stimulate patients' endogenous cells to repair and regenerate in vivo...
February 17, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209182/mesenchymal-stem-cells-alleviate-japanese-encephalitis-virus-induced-neuroinflammation-and-mortality
#7
Peiyu Bian, Chuantao Ye, Xuyang Zheng, Jing Yang, Wei Ye, Yuan Wang, Yun Zhou, Hongwei Ma, Peijun Han, Hai Zhang, Ying Zhang, Fanglin Zhang, Yingfeng Lei, Zhansheng Jia
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading cause of viral encephalitis in Asia. Japanese encephalitis (JE) caused by JEV is characterized by extensive inflammatory cytokine secretion, microglia activation, blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown, and neuronal death, all of which contribute to the vicious cycle of inflammatory damage. There are currently no effective treatments for JE. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been demonstrated to have a therapeutic effect on many central nervous system (CNS) diseases by regulating inflammation and other mechanisms...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202388/viral-vector-reprogramming-of-adult-resident-striatal-oligodendrocytes-into-functional-neurons
#8
Marc S Weinberg, Hugh E Criswell, Sara K Powell, Aadra P Bhatt, Thomas J McCown
Recent advances suggest that in vivo reprogramming of endogenous cell populations provides a viable alternative for neuron replacement. Astrocytes and oligodendrocyte precursor cells can be induced to transdifferentiate into neurons in the CNS, but, in these instances, reprogramming requires either transgenic mice or retroviral-mediated gene expression. We developed a microRNA (miRNA)-GFP construct that in vitro significantly reduced the expression of polypyrimidine tract-binding protein, and, subsequently, we packaged this construct in a novel oligodendrocyte preferring adeno-associated virus vector...
February 12, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192065/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-and-leptin-expression-associated-with-ectopic-proliferation-and-retinal-dysplasia-in-zebrafish-optic-pathway-tumors
#9
Laura E Schultz, Staci L Solin, Wesley A Wierson, Janna M Lovan, Judith Syrkin-Nikolau, Deborah E Lincow, Andrew J Severin, Donald S Sakaguchi, Maura McGrail
In the central nervous system injury induces cellular reprogramming and progenitor proliferation, but the molecular mechanisms that limit regeneration and prevent tumorigenesis are not completely understood. We previously described a zebrafish optic pathway tumor model in which transgenic Tg(flk1:RFP)is18/+ adults develop nonmalignant retinal tumors. Key pathways driving injury-induced glial reprogramming and regeneration contributed to tumor formation. In this study, we examine a time course of proliferation and present new analyses of the Tg(flk1:RFP)is18/+ dysplastic retina and tumor transcriptomes...
February 13, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191764/neural-progenitor-like-cells-induced-from-human-gingiva-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-regulate-myelination-of-schwann-cells-in-rat-sciatic-nerve-regeneration
#10
Qunzhou Zhang, Phuong Nguyen, Qilin Xu, Wonse Park, Sumin Lee, Akihiro Furuhashi, Anh D Le
Regeneration of peripheral nerve injury remains a major clinical challenge. Recently, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been considered as potential candidates for peripheral nerve regeneration; however, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we show that human gingiva-derived MSCs (GMSCs) could be directly induced into multipotent NPCs (iNPCs) under minimally manipulated conditions without the introduction of exogenous genes. Using a crush-injury model of rat sciatic nerve, we demonstrate that GMSCs transplanted to the injury site could differentiate into neuronal cells, whereas iNPCs could differentiate into both neuronal and Schwann cells...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186702/direct-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-into-schwann-cells-that-facilitate-regeneration-of-injured-peripheral-nerve-in-vivo
#11
Yoshihiro Sowa, Tsunao Kishida, Koichi Tomita, Kenta Yamamoto, Toshiaki Numajiri, Osam Mazda
Schwann cells (SCs) play pivotal roles in the maintenance and regeneration of the peripheral nervous system. Although transplantation of SCs enhances repair of experimentally damaged peripheral and central nerve tissues, it is difficult to prepare a sufficient number of functional SCs for transplantation therapy without causing adverse events for the donor. Here, we generated functional SCs by somatic cell reprogramming procedures and demonstrated their capability to promote peripheral nerve regeneration. Normal human fibroblasts were phenotypically converted into SCs by transducing SOX10 and Krox20 genes followed by culturing for 10 days resulting in approximately 43% directly converted Schwann cells (dSCs)...
January 9, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174132/traumatic-brain-injury-induces-genome-wide-transcriptomic-methylomic-and-network-perturbations-in-brain-and-blood-predicting-neurological-disorders
#12
Qingying Meng, Yumei Zhuang, Zhe Ying, Rahul Agrawal, Xia Yang, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
The complexity of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) pathology, particularly concussive injury, is a serious obstacle for diagnosis, treatment, and long-term prognosis. Here we utilize modern systems biology in a rodent model of concussive injury to gain a thorough view of the impact of TBI on fundamental aspects of gene regulation, which have the potential to drive or alter the course of the TBI pathology. TBI perturbed epigenomic programming, transcriptional activities (expression level and alternative splicing), and the organization of genes in networks centered around genes such as Anax2, Ogn, and Fmod...
February 1, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170165/a-rapid-pipeline-to-model-rare-neurodevelopmental-disorders-with-simultaneous-crispr-cas9-gene-editing
#13
Scott Bell, Huashan Peng, Liam Crapper, Ilaria Kolobova, Gilles Maussion, Cristina Vasuta, Volodymyr Yerko, Tak Pan Wong, Carl Ernst
The development of targeted therapeutics for rare neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) faces significant challenges due to the scarcity of subjects and the difficulty of obtaining human neural cells. Here, we illustrate a rapid, simple protocol by which patient derived cells can be reprogrammed to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) using an episomal vector and differentiated into neurons. Using this platform enables patient somatic cells to be converted to physiologically active neurons in less than two months with minimal labor...
December 1, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157484/small-molecules-modulate-chromatin-accessibility-to-promote-neurog2-mediated-fibroblast-to-neuron-reprogramming
#14
Derek K Smith, Jianjing Yang, Meng-Lu Liu, Chun-Li Zhang
Pro-neural transcription factors and small molecules can induce the reprogramming of fibroblasts into functional neurons; however, the immediate-early molecular events that catalyze this conversion have not been well defined. We previously demonstrated that neurogenin 2 (NEUROG2), forskolin (F), and dorsomorphin (D) can reprogram fibroblasts into functional neurons with high efficiency. Here, we used this model to define the genetic and epigenetic events that initiate an acquisition of neuronal identity. We demonstrate that NEUROG2 is a pioneer factor, FD enhances chromatin accessibility and H3K27 acetylation, and synergistic transcription activated by these factors is essential to successful reprogramming...
November 8, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155872/faithful-sgce-imprinting-in-ipsc-derived-cortical-neurons-an-endogenous-cellular-model-of-myoclonus-dystonia
#15
Karen Grütz, Philip Seibler, Anne Weissbach, Katja Lohmann, Francesca A Carlisle, Derek J Blake, Ana Westenberger, Christine Klein, Anne Grünewald
In neuropathology research, induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived neurons are considered a tool closely resembling the patient brain. Albeit in respect to epigenetics, this concept has been challenged. We generated iPSC-derived cortical neurons from myoclonus-dystonia patients with mutations (W100G and R102X) in the maternally imprinted ε-sarcoglycan (SGCE) gene and analysed properties such as imprinting, mRNA and protein expression. Comparison of the promoter during reprogramming and differentiation showed tissue-independent differential methylation...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147316/generation-of-in-vivo-neural-stem-cells-using-partially-reprogrammed-cells-defective-in-in-vitro-differentiation-potential
#16
Jong Soo Kim, Yean Ju Hong, Hyun Woo Choi, Hyuk Song, Sung June Byun, Jeong Tae Do
Pluripotent stem cells can be easily differentiated in vitro into a certain lineage through embryoid body formation. Recently, however, we reported partially reprogrammed cells showing some pluripotent characteristics, which failed to differentiate in vitro. Here, we attempted to generate neural stem cells (NSCs) from partially reprogrammed cells using an in vivo differentiation system involving teratoma formation. Partially reprogrammed cells formed teratomas after injection into immunocompromised mice, and NSCs could be isolated from these teratomas...
January 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145631/generation-of-integration-free-induced-neurons-using-graphene-oxide-polyethylenimine
#17
Soonbong Baek, Jaesur Oh, Juhyun Song, Hwan Choi, Junsang Yoo, Gui-Yeon Park, Jin Han, Yujung Chang, Hanseul Park, Hongwon Kim, Ssang-Goo Cho, Byung-Soo Kim, Jongpil Kim
Direct conversion of somatic cells into induced neurons (iNs) without inducing pluripotency has great therapeutic potential for treating central nervous system diseases. Reprogramming of somatic cells to iNs requires the introduction of several factors that drive cell-fate conversion, and viruses are commonly used to deliver these factors into somatic cells. However, novel gene-delivery systems that do not integrate transgenes into the genome are required to generate iNs for safe human clinical applications...
February 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142205/reprogramming-postnatal-human-epidermal-keratinocytes-toward-functional-neural-crest-fates
#18
Vivek K Bajpai, Laura Kerosuo, Georgios Tseropoulos, Kirstie A Cummings, Xiaoyan Wang, Pedro Lei, Biao Liu, Song Liu, Gabriela Popescu, Marianne E Bronner, Stelios T Andreadis
During development, neural crest cells are induced by signaling events at the neural plate border of all vertebrate embryos. Initially arising within the central nervous system, neural crest cells subsequently undergo an epithelial to mesenchymal transition to migrate into the periphery, where they differentiate into diverse cell types. Here we provide evidence that postnatal human epidermal keratinocytes, in response to FGF2 and IGF1 signals, can be reprogrammed toward a neural crest fate. Genome-wide transcriptome analyses show that keratinocyte-derived neural crest cells are similar to those derived from human embryonic stem cells...
January 31, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130586/gene-therapy-approaches-in-the-non-human-primate-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#19
REVIEW
D Pignataro, D Sucunza, A J Rico, I G Dopeso-Reyes, E Roda, A I Rodríguez-Perez, J L Labandeira-Garcia, V Broccoli, S Kato, K Kobayashi, José L Lanciego
The field of gene therapy has recently witnessed a number of major conceptual changes. Besides the traditional thinking that comprises the use of viral vectors for the delivery of a given therapeutic gene, a number of original approaches have been recently envisaged, focused on using vectors carrying genes to further modify basal ganglia circuits of interest. It is expected that these approaches will ultimately induce a therapeutic potential being sustained by gene-induced changes in brain circuits. Among others, at present, it is technically feasible to use viral vectors to (1) achieve a controlled release of neurotrophic factors, (2) conduct either a transient or permanent silencing of any given basal ganglia circuit of interest, (3) perform an in vivo cellular reprogramming by promoting the conversion of resident cells into dopaminergic-like neurons, and (4) improving levodopa efficacy over time by targeting aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123433/cortical-spreading-depression-induced-preconditioning-in-the-brain
#20
REVIEW
Ping-Ping Shen, Shuai Hou, Di Ma, Ming-Ming Zhao, Ming-Qin Zhu, Jing-Dian Zhang, Liang-Shu Feng, Li Cui, Jia-Chun Feng
Cortical spreading depression is a technique used to depolarize neurons. During focal or global ischemia, cortical spreading depression-induced preconditioning can enhance tolerance of further injury. However, the underlying mechanism for this phenomenon remains relatively unclear. To date, numerous issues exist regarding the experimental model used to precondition the brain with cortical spreading depression, such as the administration route, concentration of potassium chloride, induction time, duration of the protection provided by the treatment, the regional distribution of the protective effect, and the types of neurons responsible for the greater tolerance...
November 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
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