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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719640/short-lived-long-non-coding-rnas-as-surrogate-indicators-for-chemical-exposure-and-linc00152-and-malat1-modulate-their-neighboring-genes
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Hidenori Tani, Sayaka Okuda, Kaoru Nakamura, Motohide Aoki, Tomonari Umemura
Whole transcriptome analyses have revealed a large number of novel long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). Although accumulating evidence demonstrates that lncRNAs play important roles in regulating gene expression, the detailed mechanisms of action of most lncRNAs remain unclear. We previously reported that a novel class of lncRNAs with a short half-life (t1/2 < 4 h) in HeLa cells, termed short-lived non-coding transcripts (SLiTs), are closely associated with physiological and pathological functions. In this study, we focused on 26 SLiTs and nuclear-enriched abundant lncRNA, MALAT1(t1/2 of 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718902/pluripotent-stem-cell-based-platforms-in-cardiac-disease-modeling-and-drug-testing
#2
N Shaheen, A Shiti, L Gepstein
The ability to generate patient/disease-specific human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs) brings a unique value to the fields of cardiac disease modeling, drug testing, drug discovery, and precision medicine. Further integration of emerging innovative technologies such as developmental-biology inspired differentiation into chamber-specific cardiomyocyte subtypes, genome-editing, tissue-engineering, and novel functional phenotyping methodologies should facilitate even more advanced investigations...
August 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718622/graphene-sheet-induced-global-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Jiaxian Wang, Chang Cui, Haiyan Nan, Yuanfang Yu, Yini Xiao, Ellen Poon, Gang Yang, Xijie Wang, Chenchen Wang, Lingsong Li, Kenneth Richard Boheler, Xu Ma, Xin Cheng, Zhenhua Ni, Minglong Chen
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can proliferate infinitely. Their ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes provides abundant sources for disease modeling, drug screening and regenerative medicine. However, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) display a low degree of maturation and fetal-like properties. Current in vitro differentiation methods do not mimic the structural, mechanical, and physiological properties of the cardiogenesis niche. Recently, we present an efficient cardiac maturation platform that combines hiPSCs monolayer cardiac differentiation with graphene substrate which is a biocompatible and superconductive material...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718443/developing-cures-targeting-ontogenesis-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Victor T G Lin, Hawley C Pruitt, Rajeev S Samant, Lalita A Shevde
Cancer has long been known to histologically resemble developing embryonic tissue. Since this early observation, a mounting body of evidence suggests that cancer mimics or co-opts developmental processes to facilitate tumor initiation and progression. Programs important in both normal ontogenesis and cancer progression broadly fall into three domains: the lineage commitment of pluripotent stem cells, the appropriation of primordial mechanisms of cell motility and invasion, and the influence of multiple aspects of the microenvironment on the parenchyma...
February 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717982/characterization-of-zinc-amino-acid-complexes-for-zinc-delivery-in-vitro-using-caco-2-cells-and-enterocytes-from-hipsc
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Ann Katrin Sauer, Stefanie Pfaender, Simone Hagmeyer, Laura Tarana, Ann-Kathrin Mattes, Franziska Briel, Sébastien Küry, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
Zn is essential for growth and development. The bioavailability of Zn is affected by several factors such as other food components. It is therefore of interest, to understand uptake mechanisms of Zn delivering compounds to identify ways to bypass the inhibitory effects of these factors. Here, we studied the effect of Zn amino acid conjugates (ZnAAs) on the bioavailabilty of Zn. We used Caco-2 cells and enterocytes differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem cells from a control and Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE) patient, and performed fluorescence based assays, protein biochemistry and atomic absorption spectrometry to characterize cellular uptake and absorption of ZnAAs...
July 17, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717411/skeletal-muscle-generated-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-induction-and-application
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REVIEW
Yuko Miyagoe-Suzuki, Shin'ichi Takeda
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPS cells or hiPSCs) can be derived from cells of patients with severe muscle disease. If skeletal muscle induced from patient-iPSCs shows disease-specific phenotypes, it can be useful for studying the disease pathogenesis and for drug development. On the other hand, human iPSCs from healthy donors or hereditary muscle disease-iPSCs whose genomes are edited to express normal protein are expected to be a cell source for cell therapy. Several protocols for the derivation of skeletal muscle from human iPSCs have been reported to allow the development of efficient treatments for devastating muscle diseases...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717316/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-a-headway-in-reprogramming-with-promising-approach-in-regenerative-biology
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REVIEW
N Rawat, M K Singh
Since the embryonic stem cells have knocked the doorsteps, they have proved themselves in the field of science, research, and medicines, but the hovered restrictions confine their application in human welfare. Alternate approaches used to reprogram the cells to the pluripotent state were not up to par, but the innovation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) paved a new hope for the researchers. Soon after the discovery, iPSCs technology is undergoing renaissance day by day, i.e., from the use of genetic material to recombinant proteins and now only chemicals are employed to convert somatic cells to iPSCs...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717111/usefulness-of-cardiotoxicity-assessment-using-calcium-transient-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#8
Hitoshi Watanabe, Yayoi Honda, Jiro Deguchi, Toru Yamada, Kiyoko Bando
Monitoring dramatic changes in intracellular calcium ion levels during cardiac contraction and relaxation, known as calcium transient, in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) would be an attractive strategy for assessing compounds on cardiac contractility. In addition, as arrhythmogenic compounds are known to induce characteristic waveform changes in hiPSC-CMs, it is expected that calcium transient would allow evaluation of not only compound-induced effects on cardiac contractility, but also compound arrhythmogenic potential...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716939/distinct-requirements-for-energy-metabolism-in-mouse-primordial-germ-cells-and-their-reprogramming-to-embryonic-germ-cells
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Yohei Hayashi, Kei Otsuka, Masayuki Ebina, Kaori Igarashi, Asuka Takehara, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Akio Kanai, Kazuhiko Igarashi, Tomoyoshi Soga, Yasuhisa Matsui
Primordial germ cells (PGCs), undifferentiated embryonic germ cells, are the only cells that have the ability to become gametes and to reacquire totipotency upon fertilization. It is generally understood that the development of PGCs proceeds through the expression of germ cell-specific transcription factors and characteristic epigenomic changes. However, little is known about the properties of PGCs at the metabolite and protein levels, which are directly responsible for the control of cell function. Here, we report the distinct energy metabolism of PGCs compared with that of embryonic stem cells...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716732/lysophosphatidic-acid-signaling-regulates-the-klf9-ppar%C3%AE-axis-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neurons
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Tamotsu Tsukahara, Shuhei Yamagishi, Yoshikazu Matsuda, Hisao Haniu
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is a lipid signaling molecule that plays several significant roles in the nervous system during development and injury. In this study, we differentiated human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into neurons as an in vitro model to examine the specific effects of LPA. We demonstrated that LPA activates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ), a ligand-activated nuclear receptor, as well as its cognate receptor LPA1 on human iPSC-derived neurons to enhance proliferation and neurite outgrowth...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716551/application-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-to-model-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva
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Emilie Barruet, Edward C Hsiao
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a genetic condition characterized by massive heterotopic ossification. FOP patients with mutations in the Activin A type I receptor (ACVR1), a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) receptor. FOP is a progressive and debilitating disease characterized by bone formation flares that often occur after trauma. Since it is often difficult or impossible to obtain large amounts of tissue from human donors due to the risks of inciting more heterotopic bone formation, human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) provide an attractive source for establishing in vitro disease models and for applications in drug screening...
July 14, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715716/ronin-influences-the-dna-damage-response-in-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Bryce A Seifert, Marion Dejosez, Thomas P Zwaka
Early mammalian embryonic cells must maintain a particularly robust DNA repair system, as mutations at this developmental point have detrimental consequences for the organism. How the repair system can be tuned to fulfill such elevated requirements is largely unknown, but it may involve transcriptional regulation. Ronin (Thap11) is a transcriptional regulator responsible for vital programs in pluripotent cells. Here, we report that this protein also modulates the DNA damage response of such cells. We show that conditional Ronin knockout sensitizes embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to UV-C-induced DNA damage in association with Atr pathway activation and G2/M arrest...
July 3, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715399/integration-free-derivation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-laminin-521-matrix
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Elias Uhlin, Ana Marin Navarro, Harriet Rönnholm, Kelly Day, Malin Kele, Anna Falk
Xeno-free and fully defined conditions are key parameters for robust and reproducible generation of homogenous human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cells. Maintenance of hiPS cells on feeder cells or undefined matrices are susceptible to batch variances, pathogenic contamination and risk of immunogenicity. Utilizing the defined recombinant human laminin 521 (LN-521) matrix in combination with xeno-free and defined media formulations reduces variability and allows for the consistent generation of hiPS cells...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715029/anisotropic-microfibrous-scaffolds-enhance-the-organization-and-function-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Maureen Wanjare, Luqia Hou, Karina H Nakayama, Joseph J Kim, Nicholas P Mezak, Oscar J Abilez, Evangeline Tzatzalos, Joseph C Wu, Ngan F Huang
Engineering of myocardial tissue constructs is a promising approach for treatment of coronary heart disease. To engineer myocardial tissues that better mimic the highly ordered physiological arrangement and function of native cardiomyocytes, we generated electrospun microfibrous polycaprolactone scaffolds with either randomly oriented (14 μm fiber diameter) or parallel-aligned (7 μm fiber diameter) microfiber arrangement and co-seeded the scaffolds with human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iCMs) and endothelial cells (iECs) for up to 12 days after iCM seeding...
July 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713933/mir%C3%A2-146b%C3%A2-5p-promotes-the-neural-conversion-of-pluripotent-stem-cells-by-targeting-smad4
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Nianping Zhang, Ying Lyu, Xuebing Pan, Liping Xu, Aiguo Xuan, Xiaosong He, Wandan Huang, Dahong Long
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are regarded as potential sources that provide specific neural cells for cell therapy in some nervous system diseases. However, the mechanisms underlying the neural differentiation of PSCs remain largely unknown. MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) are a class of small non‑pro-tein-coding RNAs that act as critical regulatory molecules in many cellular processes. In this study, we found that miR‑146b‑5p expression was markedly increased following the neural induction of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) or induced PSCs (iPSCs)...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713161/functional-expression-of-the-ca-2-signaling-machinery-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#16
Ji-Jun Huang, Yi-Jie Wang, Min Zhang, Peng Zhang, He Liang, Hua-Jun Bai, Xiu-Jian Yu, Huang-Tian Yang
Emerging evidence suggests that Ca(2+) signals are important for the self-renewal and differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). However, little is known about the physiological and pharmacological properties of the Ca(2+)-handling machinery in hESCs. In this study we used RT-PCR and Western blotting to analyze the expression profiles of genes encoding Ca(2+)-handling proteins; we also used confocal Ca(2+) imaging and pharmacological approaches to determine the contribution of the Ca(2+)-handling machinery to the regulation of Ca(2+) signaling in hESCs...
July 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712847/pluri-iq-quantification-of-embryonic-stem-cell-pluripotency-through-an%C3%A2-image-based-analysis-software
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Tânia Perestrelo, Weitong Chen, Marcelo Correia, Christopher Le, Sandro Pereira, Ana S Rodrigues, Maria I Sousa, João Ramalho-Santos, Denis Wirtz
Image-based assays, such as alkaline phosphatase staining or immunocytochemistry for pluripotent markers, are common methods used in the stem cell field to assess pluripotency. Although an increased number of image-analysis approaches have been described, there is still a lack of software availability to automatically quantify pluripotency in large images after pluripotency staining. To address this need, we developed a robust and rapid image processing software, Pluri-IQ, which allows the automatic evaluation of pluripotency in large low-magnification images...
July 3, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712374/parthenogenetic-activation-and-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-of-porcine-oocytes-activated-by-an-electric-pulse-and-azd5438-treatment
#18
Xiao-Chen Li, Qing Guo, Hai-Ying Zhu, Long Jin, Yu-Chen Zhang, Guang-Lei Zhang, Xiao-Xu Xing, Mei-Fu Xuan, Qi-Rong Luo, Zhao-Bo Luo, Jun-Xia Wang, Cheng-Du Cui, Wen-Xue Li, Zheng-Yun Cui, Xi-Jun Yin, Jin-Dan Kang
We examined the in vitro developmental competence of parthenogenetic activation (PA) oocytes activated by an electric pulse (EP) and treated with various concentrations of AZD5438 for 4 h. Treatment with 10 µM AZD5438 for 4 h significantly improved the blastocyst formation rate of PA oocytes in comparison with 0, 20, or 50 µM AZD5438 treatment (46.4% vs. 34.5%, 32.3%, and 24.0%, respectively; P 0.05). Furthermore, 66.67% of blastocysts derived from these AZD5438-treated PA oocytes had a diploid karyotype...
July 17, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711945/the-molecular-characterization-of-porcine-egg-precursor-cells
#19
Te-Sha Tsai, Jacqueline Johnson, Yvonne White, Justin C St John
Female-factor infertility can be caused by poor oocyte quality and depleted ovarian reserves. Egg precursor cells (EPCs), isolated from the ovarian cortex, have the potential to be used to overcome female infertility. We aimed to define the origins of EPCs by analyzing their gene expression profiles and mtDNA content using a mini-pig model. We characterized FAC-sorted DDX4+-derived porcine EPCs by performing RNA-sequencing and determined that they utilize pathways important for cell cycle and proliferation, which supports the existence of adult mitotically active oogonial cells...
June 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711757/cxcr4-and-cxcr7-play-distinct-roles-in-cardiac-lineage-specification-and-pharmacologic-%C3%AE-adrenergic-response
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Delaine K Ceholski, Irene C Turnbull, Venu Pothula, Laura Lecce, Andrew A Jarrah, Changwon Kho, Ahyoung Lee, Lahouaria Hadri, Kevin D Costa, Roger J Hajjar, Sima T Tarzami
CXCR4 and CXCR7 are prominent G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) for chemokine stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1/CXCL12). This study demonstrates that CXCR4 and CXCR7 induce differential effects during cardiac lineage differentiation and β-adrenergic response in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). Using lentiviral vectors to ablate CXCR4 and/or CXCR7 expression, hiPSC-CMs were tested for phenotypic and functional properties due to gene knockdown. Gene expression and flow cytometry confirmed the pluripotent and cardiomyocyte phenotype of undifferentiated and differentiated hiPSCs, respectively...
July 8, 2017: Stem Cell Research
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