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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346802/metabolome-profiling-of-partial-and-fully-reprogrammed-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#1
Soon-Jung Park, Sang A Lee, Nutan Prasain, Daekyeong Bae, Hyunsu Kang, Taewon Ha, Jong Soo Kim, Ki-Sung Hong, Charlie Mantel, Sung-Hwan Moon, Hal E Broxmeyer, Man Ryul Lee
Acquisition of proper metabolomic fate is required to convert somatic cells toward fully reprogrammed pluripotent stem cells. The majority of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are partially reprogrammed and have a transcriptome different from that of the pluripotent stem cells. The metabolomic profile and mitochondrial metabolic functions required to achieve full reprogramming of somatic cells to iPSC status have not yet been elucidated. Clarification of the metabolites underlying reprogramming mechanisms should enable further optimization to enhance the efficiency of obtaining fully reprogrammed iPSCs...
March 27, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346544/epigenetic-silencing-of-v-d-j-recombination-is-a-major-determinant-for-selective-differentiation-of-mucosal-associated-invariant-t-cells-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Yutaka Saito, Chie Sugimoto, Toutai Mituyama, Hiroshi Wakao
Mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAITs) are innate-like T cells that play a pivotal role in the host defense against infectious diseases, and are also implicated in autoimmune diseases, metabolic diseases, and cancer. Recent studies have shown that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from MAITs selectively redifferentiate into MAITs without altering their antigen specificity. Such a selective differentiation is a prerequisite for the use of MAITs in cell therapy and/or regenerative medicine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346462/wnt-tcf1-pathway-restricts-embryonic-stem-cell-cycle-through-activation-of-the-ink4-arf-locus
#3
Anchel De Jaime-Soguero, Francesco Aulicino, Gokhan Ertaylan, Anna Griego, Aniello Cerrato, Aravind Tallam, Antonio Del Sol, Maria Pia Cosma, Frederic Lluis
Understanding the mechanisms regulating cell cycle, proliferation and potency of pluripotent stem cells guarantees their safe use in the clinic. Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) present a fast cell cycle with a short G1 phase. This is due to the lack of expression of cell cycle inhibitors, which ultimately determines naïve pluripotency by holding back differentiation. The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway controls mESC pluripotency via the Wnt-effector Tcf3. However, if the activity of the Wnt/β-catenin controls the cell cycle of mESCs remains unknown...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346445/potential-energy-landscapes-identify-the-information-theoretic-nature-of-the-epigenome
#4
Garrett Jenkinson, Elisabet Pujadas, John Goutsias, Andrew P Feinberg
Epigenetics is the study of biochemical modifications carrying information independent of DNA sequence, which are heritable through cell division. In 1940, Waddington coined the term "epigenetic landscape" as a metaphor for pluripotency and differentiation, but methylation landscapes have not yet been rigorously computed. Using principles from statistical physics and information theory, we derive epigenetic energy landscapes from whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) data that enable us to quantify methylation stochasticity genome-wide using Shannon's entropy, associating it with chromatin structure...
March 27, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346436/detailed-comparison-of-retroviral-vectors-and-promoter-configurations-for-stable-and-high-transgene-expression-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#5
D Hoffmann, J W Schott, F K Geis, L Lange, F-J Müller, D Lenz, D Zychlinski, D Steinemann, M Morgan, T Moritz, A Schambach
Correction of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) upon gene delivery through retroviral vectors offers new treatment perspectives for monogenetic diseases. Gene-modified iPSC clones can be screened for safe integration sites and differentiated into transplantable cells of interest. However, the current bottleneck is epigenetic vector silencing. In order to identify the most suitable retroviral expression system in iPSC, we systematically compared vectors from different retroviral genera, different promoters and their combination with ubiquitous chromatin opening elements (UCOE), and several envelope pseudotypes...
March 27, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346060/stem-cell-derived-neurons-in-the-development-of-targeted-treatment-for-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
#6
Bradley Watmuff, Bangyan Liu, Rakesh Karmacharya
The recent advent of induced pluripotent stem cells has enabled the study of patient-specific and disease-related neurons in vitro and has facilitated new directions of inquiry into disease mechanisms. With these approaches, we now have the possibility of correlating ex vivo cellular phenotypes with individual patient response to treatment and/or side effects, which makes targeted treatments for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder a distinct prospect in the coming years. Here, we briefly review the current state of stem cell-based models and explore studies that are providing new insights into the disease biology of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which are laying the foundations for the development of novel targeted therapies...
March 27, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345785/nanog-overexpression-and-its-correlation-with-stem-cell-and-differentiation-markers-in-meningiomas-of-different-who-grades
#7
Diana Freitag, Aaron Lawson McLean, Michèle Simon, Arend Koch, Susanne Grube, Jan Walter, Rolf Kalff, Christian Ewald
NANOG, as a key regulator of pluripotency and acting synergistically with other factors, has been described as a crucial transcription factor in various types of cancer. In meningiomas the expression of this marker has not yet been described. With our study, we aimed to identify and localize Nanog and other possible markers of pluripotency, stem cell properties and differentiation in meningioma tissue, to elucidate a possible effect on tumorigenesis. The gene expression levels of NANOG (NANOG1 and NANOGP8), SOX2, OCT4, KLF4, ABCG2, CMYC, MSI1, CD44, NOTCH1, NES, SALL4B, TP53 and EPAS1 were quantitatively examined using RT-qPCR in 33 surgical specimens of low- (WHO grade I) as well as in atypical and anaplastic (WHO grade II/III) meningiomas with dural tissue as reference...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345668/c9orf135-encodes-a-membrane-protein-whose-expression-is-related-to-pluripotency-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#8
Shixin Zhou, Yinan Liu, Yumin Ma, Xiaoyan Zhang, Yang Li, Jinhua Wen
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are a unique population of cells defined by their capacity for self-renewal and pluripotency. Here, we identified a previously uncharacterized gene in hESCs, C9ORF135, which is sharply downregulated during gastrulation and gametogenesis, along with the pluripotency factors OCT4, SOX2, and NANOG. Human ESCs express two C9ORF135 isoforms, the longer of which encodes a membrane-associated protein, as determined by immunostaining and western blotting of fractionated cell lysates...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345660/zinc-deficiency-and-low-enterocyte-zinc-transporter-expression-in-human-patients-with-autism-related-mutations-in-shank3
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Stefanie Pfaender, Ann Katrin Sauer, Simone Hagmeyer, Katharina Mangus, Leonhard Linta, Stefan Liebau, Juergen Bockmann, Guillaume Huguet, Thomas Bourgeron, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PMDS) is a genetic disorder characterized by features of Autism spectrum disorders. Similar to reports of Zn deficiency in autistic children, we have previously reported high incidence of Zn deficiency in PMDS. However, the underlying mechanisms are currently not well understood. Here, using inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry to measure the concentration of Zinc (Zn) and Copper (Cu) in hair samples from individuals with PMDS with 22q13.3 deletion including SHANK3 (SH3 and multiple ankyrin repeat domains 3), we report a high rate of abnormally low Zn/Cu ratios...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345587/derivation-of-functional-human-astrocytes-from-cerebral-organoids
#10
Rômulo Sperduto Dezonne, Rafaela Costa Sartore, Juliana Minardi Nascimento, Verônica M Saia-Cereda, Luciana Ferreira Romão, Soniza Vieira Alves-Leon, Jorge Marcondes de Souza, Daniel Martins-de-Souza, Stevens Kastrup Rehen, Flávia Carvalho Alcantara Gomes
Astrocytes play a critical role in the development and homeostasis of the central nervous system (CNS). Astrocyte dysfunction results in several neurological and degenerative diseases. However, a major challenge to our understanding of astrocyte physiology and pathology is the restriction of studies to animal models, human post-mortem brain tissues, or samples obtained from invasive surgical procedures. Here, we report a protocol to generate human functional astrocytes from cerebral organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345458/proteasome-expression-and-activity-in-cancer-and-cancer-stem-cells
#11
Ioannis A Voutsadakis
Proteasome is a multi-protein organelle that participates in cellular proteostasis by destroying damaged or short-lived proteins in an organized manner guided by the ubiquitination signal. By being in a central place in the cellular protein complement homeostasis, proteasome is involved in virtually all cell processes including decisions on cell survival or death, cell cycle, and differentiation. These processes are important also in cancer, and thus, the proteasome is an important regulator of carcinogenesis...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344997/simple-derivation-of-spinal-motor-neurons-from-escs-ipscs-using-sendai-virus-vectors
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Kazuya Goto, Keiko Imamura, Kenichi Komatsu, Kohnosuke Mitani, Kazuhiro Aiba, Norio Nakatsuji, Makoto Inoue, Akihiro Kawata, Hirofumi Yamashita, Ryosuke Takahashi, Haruhisa Inoue
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive and fatal degenerative disorder of motor neurons (MNs). Embryonic stem cells (ESCs)/induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) now help us to understand the pathomechanisms of ALS via disease modeling. Various methods to differentiate ESCs/iPSCs into MNs by the addition of signaling molecules have been reported. However, classical methods require multiple steps, and newer simple methods using the transduction of transcription factors run the risk of genomic integration of the vector genes...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344993/bringing-neural-cell-therapies-to-the-clinic-past-and-future-strategies
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REVIEW
Stefan Irion, Susan E Zabierowski, Mark J Tomishima
Cell replacement therapy in the nervous system has a rich history, with ∼40 years of research and ∼30 years of clinical experience. There is compelling evidence that appropriate cells can integrate and function in the dysfunctioning human nervous system, but the clinical results are mixed in practice. A number of factors conspire to vary patient outcome: the indication, cell source, patient selection, and team performing transplantation are all variables that can affect efficacy. Most early clinical trials have used fetal cells, a limited cell source that resists scale and standardization...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344151/enhancing-oligodendrocyte-differentiation-by-transient-transcription-activation-via-dna-nanoparticle-mediated-transfection
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Xiaowei Li, Stephany Y Tzeng, Camila Gadens Zamboni, Vassilis E Koliatsos, Guo-Li Ming, Jordan J Green, Hai-Quan Mao
Current approaches to derive oligodendrocytes from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) need extended exposure of hPSCs to growth factors and small molecules, which limits their clinical application because of the lengthy culture time required and low generation efficiency of myelinating oligodendrocytes. Compared to extrinsic growth factors and molecules, oligodendrocyte differentiation and maturation can be more effectively modulated by regulation of the cell transcription network. In the developing central nervous system (CNS), two basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors, Olig1 and Olig2, are decisive in oligodendrocyte differentiation and maturation...
March 23, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344003/abnormal-neural-progenitor-cells-differentiated-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-partially-mimicked-development-of-tsc2-neurological-abnormalities
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Yaqin Li, Jiqing Cao, Menglong Chen, Jing Li, Yiming Sun, Yu Zhang, Yuling Zhu, Liang Wang, Cheng Zhang
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a disease featuring devastating and therapeutically challenging neurological abnormalities. However, there is a lack of specific neural progenitor cell models for TSC. Here, the pathology of TSC was studied using primitive neural stem cells (pNSCs) from a patient presenting a c.1444-2A>C mutation in TSC2. We found that TSC2 pNSCs had higher proliferative activity and increased PAX6 expression compared with those of control pNSCs. Neurons differentiated from TSC2 pNSCs showed enlargement of the soma, perturbed neurite outgrowth, and abnormal connections among cells...
March 15, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344002/establishment-of-a-human-blood-brain-barrier-co-culture-model-mimicking-the-neurovascular-unit-using-induced-pluri-and-multipotent-stem-cells
#16
Antje Appelt-Menzel, Alevtina Cubukova, Katharina Günther, Frank Edenhofer, Jörg Piontek, Gerd Krause, Tanja Stüber, Heike Walles, Winfried Neuhaus, Marco Metzger
In vitro models of the human blood-brain barrier (BBB) are highly desirable for drug development. This study aims to analyze a set of ten different BBB culture models based on primary cells, human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), and multipotent fetal neural stem cells (fNSCs). We systematically investigated the impact of astrocytes, pericytes, and NSCs on hiPSC-derived BBB endothelial cell function and gene expression. The quadruple culture models, based on these four cell types, achieved BBB characteristics including transendothelial electrical resistance (TEER) up to 2,500 Ω cm(2) and distinct upregulation of typical BBB genes...
March 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344001/inducible-and-deterministic-forward-programming-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-neurons-skeletal-myocytes-and-oligodendrocytes
#17
Matthias Pawlowski, Daniel Ortmann, Alessandro Bertero, Joana M Tavares, Roger A Pedersen, Ludovic Vallier, Mark R N Kotter
The isolation or in vitro derivation of many human cell types remains challenging and inefficient. Direct conversion of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) by forced expression of transcription factors provides a potential alternative. However, deficient inducible gene expression in hPSCs has compromised efficiencies of forward programming approaches. We have systematically optimized inducible gene expression in hPSCs using a dual genomic safe harbor gene-targeting strategy. This approach provides a powerful platform for the generation of human cell types by forward programming...
March 13, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343999/a-genome-wide-analysis-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-endothelial-cells-in-2d-or-3d-culture
#18
Jue Zhang, Michael P Schwartz, Zhonggang Hou, Yongsheng Bai, Hamisha Ardalani, Scott Swanson, John Steill, Victor Ruotti, Angela Elwell, Bao Kim Nguyen, Jennifer Bolin, Ron Stewart, James A Thomson, William L Murphy
A defined protocol for efficiently deriving endothelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells was established and vascular morphogenesis was used as a model system to understand how synthetic hydrogels influence global biological function compared with common 2D and 3D culture platforms. RNA sequencing demonstrated that gene expression profiles were similar for endothelial cells and pericytes cocultured in polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogels or Matrigel, while monoculture comparisons identified distinct vascular signatures for each cell type...
March 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343983/comprehensive-cell-surface-protein-profiling-identifies-specific-markers-of-human-naive-and-primed-pluripotent-states
#19
Amanda J Collier, Sarita P Panula, John Paul Schell, Peter Chovanec, Alvaro Plaza Reyes, Sophie Petropoulos, Anne E Corcoran, Rachael Walker, Iyadh Douagi, Fredrik Lanner, Peter J Rugg-Gunn
Human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) exist in naive and primed states and provide important models to investigate the earliest stages of human development. Naive cells can be obtained through primed-to-naive resetting, but there are no reliable methods to prospectively isolate unmodified naive cells during this process. Here we report comprehensive profiling of cell surface proteins by flow cytometry in naive and primed human PSCs. Several naive-specific, but not primed-specific, proteins were also expressed by pluripotent cells in the human preimplantation embryo...
March 21, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342892/comparison-of-three-cell-based-drug-screening-platforms-for-hsv-1-infection
#20
Leonardo D'Aiuto, Kelly Williamson, Peter Dimitrion, James McNulty, Carla E Brown, Chanti Babu Dokuburra, Alexander J Nielsen, Wen Jing Lin, Paolo Piazza, Mark E Schurdak, Joel Wood, Robert H Yolken, Paul R Kinchington, David C Bloom, Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar
Acyclovir (ACV) and its derivatives have been highly effective for treating recurrent, lytic infections with Herpes Simplex Virus, type 1 (HSV-1), but searches for additional antiviral drugs are motivated by recent reports of resistance to ACV, particularly among immunocompromised patients. In addition, the relative neurotoxicity of ACV and its inability to prevent neurological sequelae among HSV-1 encephalitis survivors compel searches for new drugs to treat HSV-1 infections of the central nervous system (CNS)...
March 22, 2017: Antiviral Research
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