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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431219/genetic-analysis-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-3-untranslated-region-and-its-corresponding-micrornas-in-relation-to-parkinson-s-compared-to-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Lidia Tagliafierro, Omolara-Chinue Glenn, Madison E Zamora, Thomas G Beach, Randy L Woltjer, Michael W Lutz, Ornit Chiba-Falek
INTRODUCTION: The α-synuclein (SNCA) gene has been implicated in the etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). METHODS: A computational analysis of SNCA 3' untranslated region to identify potential microRNA (miRNA) binding sites and quantitative real-time PCR to determine their expression in isogenic induced pluripotent stem cell-derived dopaminergic and cholinergic neurons as a model of PD and DLB, respectively, were performed. In addition, we performed a deep sequencing analysis of the SNCA 3' untranslated region of autopsy-confirmed cases of PD, DLB, and normal controls, followed by genetic association analysis of the identified variants...
April 18, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430892/anti-arrhythmic-potential-of-the-late-sodium-current-inhibitor-gs-458967-in-murine-scn5a-1798insd-and-human-scn5a-1795insd-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Vincent Portero, Simona Casini, Maaike Hoekstra, Arie O Verkerk, Isabella Mengarelli, Luiz Belardinelli, Sridharan Rajamani, Arthur A M Wilde, Connie R Bezzina, Marieke W Veldkamp, Carol Ann Remme
AIM: Selective inhibition of cardiac late sodium current (INaL) is an emerging target in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias. We investigated the electrophysiological effects of GS-458967 (GS967), a potent, selective inhibitor of INaL, in an overlap syndrome model of both gain and loss of sodium channel function, comprising cardiomyocytes derived from both human SCN5A-1795insD+/- induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC-CMs) and mice carrying the homologous mutation Scn5a-1798insD+/-...
April 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430184/the-ubiquitin-ligase-lin41-trim71-targets-p53-to-antagonize-cell-death-and-differentiation-pathways-during-stem-cell-differentiation
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Duong Thi Thuy Nguyen, Daniel Richter, Geert Michel, Sibylle Mitschka, Waldemar Kolanus, Elisa Cuevas, F Gregory Wulczyn
Rapidity and specificity are characteristic features of proteolysis mediated by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Therefore, the UPS is ideally suited for the remodeling of the embryonic stem cell proteome during the transition from pluripotent to differentiated states and its inverse, the generation of inducible pluripotent stem cells. The Trim-NHL family member LIN41 is among the first E3 ubiquitin ligases to be linked to stem cell pluripotency and reprogramming. Initially discovered in C. elegans as a downstream target of the let-7 miRNA, LIN41 is now recognized as a critical regulator of stem cell fates as well as the timing of neurogenesis...
April 21, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430167/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-modeling-of-gaucher-s-disease-what-have-we-learned
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Dino Matias Santos, Gustavo Tiscornia
Gaucher's disease (GD) is the most frequently inherited lysosomal storage disease, presenting both visceral and neurologic symptoms. Mutations in acid β-glucocerebrosidase disrupt the sphingolipid catabolic pathway promoting glucosylceramide (GlcCer) accumulation in lysosomes. Current treatment options are enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) and substrate reduction therapy (SRT). However, neither of these approaches is effective in treating the neurological aspect of the disease. The use of small pharmacological compounds that act as molecular chaperones is a promising approach that is still experimental...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429768/reassembling-embryos-in-vitro-from-component-stem-cells
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Caroline Kubaczka, George Q Daley
Researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK have succeeded in reconstructing mouse embryos by combining pluripotent embryonic and multipotent trophoblast stem cells in a 3D scaffold; the study from the laboratory of Professor Zernicka-Goetz, recently published in Science, provides a break-through tool to probe early mammalian development outside the uterus. Achieving a similar feat with human cells might necessitate reconsideration of the 14-day rule as a limitation of such research.
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429718/a-computational-systems-approach-identifies-synergistic-specification-genes-that-facilitate-lineage-conversion-to-prostate-tissue
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Flaminia Talos, Antonina Mitrofanova, Sarah K Bergren, Andrea Califano, Michael M Shen
To date, reprogramming strategies for generating cell types of interest have been facilitated by detailed understanding of relevant developmental regulatory factors. However, identification of such regulatory drivers often represents a major challenge, as specific gene combinations may be required for reprogramming. Here we show that a computational systems approach can identify cell type specification genes (master regulators) that act synergistically, and demonstrate its application for reprogramming of fibroblasts to prostate tissue...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429706/direct-comparison-of-distinct-naive-pluripotent-states-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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S Warrier, M Van der Jeught, G Duggal, L Tilleman, E Sutherland, J Taelman, M Popovic, S Lierman, S Chuva De Sousa Lopes, A Van Soom, L Peelman, F Van Nieuwerburgh, D I M De Coninck, B Menten, P Mestdagh, J Van de Sompele, D Deforce, P De Sutter, B Heindryckx
Until recently, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were shown to exist in a state of primed pluripotency, while mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) display a naive or primed pluripotent state. Here we show the rapid conversion of in-house-derived primed hESCs on mouse embryonic feeder layer (MEF) to a naive state within 5-6 days in naive conversion media (NCM-MEF), 6-10 days in naive human stem cell media (NHSM-MEF) and 14-20 days using the reverse-toggle protocol (RT-MEF). We further observe enhanced unbiased lineage-specific differentiation potential of naive hESCs converted in NCM-MEF, however, all naive hESCs fail to differentiate towards functional cell types...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429571/melatonin-antagonizes-interleukin-18-mediated-inhibition-on-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Zheng Li, Xingye Li, Matthew T V Chan, William Ka Kei Wu, DunXian Tan, Jianxiong Shen
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are self-renewing, pluripotent and undifferentiated cells which have the potential to differentiate into neurons, oligodendrocytes and astrocytes. NSC therapy for tissue regeneration, thus, gains popularity. However, the low survivals rate of the transplanted cell impedes its utilities. In this study, we tested whether melatonin, a potent antioxidant, could promote the NSC proliferation and neuronal differentiation, especially, in the presence of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-18 (IL-18)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429504/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-reduce-neutrophil-chemotaxis-via-activating-grk2-in-endotoxin-induced-acute-lung-injury
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Vincent Yi-Fong Su, Shih-Hwa Chiou, Chi-Shiuan Lin, Wei-Chih Chen, Wen-Kuang Yu, Yen-Wen Chen, Cheng-Yu Chen, Kuang-Yao Yang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in moderating neutrophil chemotaxis in endotoxin-induced acute lung injury (ALI). METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice at 8-12 weeks of age were studied. Murine iPSCs were delivered through the tail veins of mice 4 h after intratracheal instillation of endotoxin. Lung histopathological findings, neutrophil counts in peripheral blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), bone marrow (BM) cell distribution, expression of chemokine receptors and regulatory signalling pathways were analysed after 24 h...
April 21, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428163/public-response-to-scientific-misconduct-assessing-changes-in-public-sentiment-toward-the-stimulus-triggered-acquisition-of-pluripotency-stap-cell-case-via-twitter
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Alberto Gayle, Motomu Shimaoka
BACKGROUND: In this age of social media, any news-good or bad-has the potential to spread in unpredictable ways. Changes in public sentiment have the potential to either drive or limit investment in publicly funded activities, such as scientific research. As a result, understanding the ways in which reported cases of scientific misconduct shape public sentiment is becoming increasingly essential-for researchers and institutions, as well as for policy makers and funders. In this study, we thus set out to assess and define the patterns according to which public sentiment may change in response to reported cases of scientific misconduct...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428049/stem-cells-for-retinal-disease-a-perspective-on-the-promise-and-perils
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Rajesh C Rao, Vaidehi S Dedania, Mark W Johnson
PURPOSE: To summarize key concepts, and early safety and efficacy signals from clinical trials for stem/progenitor cell-based interventions for retinal disease. DESIGN: Interpretive essay. METHODS: Review and synthesis of selected recent reports of stem/progenitor cell-based approaches for retinal disease, with interpretation and perspective. RESULTS: Stem/progenitor cell-based interventions represent a novel class of potential therapies for retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, inherited retinal dystrophies, and others...
April 17, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427322/dental-pulp-pluripotent-like-stem-cells-dppsc-a-new-stem-cell-population-with-chromosomal-stability-and-osteogenic-capacity-for-biomaterials-evaluation
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Raquel Núñez-Toldrà, Ester Martínez-Sarrà, Carlos Gil-Recio, Miguel Ángel Carrasco, Ashraf Al Madhoun, Sheyla Montori, Maher Atari
BACKGROUND: Biomaterials are widely used to regenerate or substitute bone tissue. In order to evaluate their potential use for clinical applications, these need to be tested and evaluated in vitro with cell culture models. Frequently, immortalized osteoblastic cell lines are used in these studies. However, their uncontrolled proliferation rate, phenotypic changes or aberrations in mitotic processes limits their use in long-term investigations. Recently, we described a new pluripotent-like subpopulation of dental pulp stem cells derived from the third molars (DPPSC) that shows genetic stability and shares some pluripotent characteristics with embryonic stem cells...
April 21, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426762/human-microrna-299-3p-decreases-invasive-behavior-of-cancer-cells-by-downregulation-of-oct4-expression-and-causes-apoptosis
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Axel R Göhring, Stefanie Reuter, Joachim H Clement, Xinlai Cheng, Jannick Theobald, Stefan Wölfl, Ralf Mrowka
PURPOSE: Oct4 was reported to be one of the most important pluripotency transcription factors in the biology of stem cells including cancer stem cells, and progressed malignant cells. Here we report the investigation of gene expression control of Oct4 by selected human microRNAs and the physiological effect of Oct4 silencing in invasive cancer cells. METHODS AND RESULTS: High throughput luciferase activity assay revealed the microRNA-299-3p to be the most effective in reducing gene expression of Oct4, which was confirmed by Western blot analysis and Oct4 promoter activity in a target luciferase assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426281/identification-of-ssea-1-expressing-enhanced-reprogramming-seer-cells-in-porcine-embryonic-fibroblasts
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Dong Li, Jan O Secher, Morten Juhl, Kaveh Mashayekhi, Troels T Nielsen, Bjørn Holst, Poul Hyttel, Kristine K Freude, Vanessa J Hall
Previous research has shown that a subpopulation of cells within cultured human dermal fibroblasts, termed multilineage-differentiating stress enduring (Muse) cells, are preferentially reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells. However, controversy exists over whether these cells are the only cells capable of being reprogrammed from a heterogeneous population of fibroblasts. Similarly, there is little research to suggest such cells may exist in embryonic tissues or other species. In order to address if such a cell population exists in pigs, we investigated porcine embryonic fibroblast populations (pEFs) and identified heterogeneous expression of several key cell surface markers...
April 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426026/generation-of-multipotent-induced-cardiac-progenitor-cells-from-mouse-fibroblasts-and-potency-testing-in-ex-vivo-mouse-embryos
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Pratik A Lalit, Adriana M Rodriguez, Karen M Downs, Timothy J Kamp
Here we describe a protocol to generate expandable and multipotent induced cardiac progenitor cells (iCPCs) from mouse adult fibroblasts using forced expression of Mesp1, Tbx5, Gata4, Nkx2.5 and Baf60c (MTGNB) along with activation of Wnt and JAK/STAT signaling. This method does not use iPS cell factors and thus differs from cell activation and signaling-directed (CASD) reprogramming to cardiac progenitors. Our method is specific to direct CPC reprogramming, whereas CASD reprogramming can generate various cell types depending on culture conditions and raises the possibility of transitioning through a pluripotent cell state...
May 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425063/blastocyst-derived-stem-cell-populations-under-stress-impact-of-nutrition-and-metabolism-on-stem-cell-potency-loss-and-miscarriage
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REVIEW
Yu Yang, Alan Bolnick, Alexandra Shamir, Mohammed Abdulhasan, Quanwen Li, G C Parker, Elizabeth E Puscheck, D A Rappolee
Data from in vitro and in vivo models suggest that malnutrition and stress trigger adaptive responses, leading to small for gestational age (SGA) blastocysts with fewer cell numbers. These stress responses are initially adaptive, but become maladaptive with increasing stress exposures. The common stress responses of the blastocyst-derived stem cells, pluripotent embryonic and multipotent placental trophoblast stem cells (ESCs and TSCs), are decreased growth and potency, and increased, imbalanced and irreversible differentiation...
April 19, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424578/the-crb1-complex-following-the-trail-of-crumbs-to-a-feasible-gene-therapy-strategy
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REVIEW
Peter M Quinn, Lucie P Pellissier, Jan Wijnholds
Once considered science fiction, gene therapy is rapidly becoming scientific reality, targeting a growing number of the approximately 250 genes linked to hereditary retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and Leber's congenital amaurosis. Powerful new technologies have emerged, leading to the development of humanized models for testing and screening these therapies, bringing us closer to the goal of personalized medicine. These tools include the ability to differentiate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to create a "retina-in-a-dish" model and the self-formed ectodermal autonomous multi-zone, which can mimic whole eye development...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424352/chromatin-module-inference-on-cellular-trajectories-identifies-key-transition-points-and-poised-epigenetic-states-in-diverse-developmental-processes
#18
Sushmita Roy, Rupa Sridharan
Changes in chromatin state play important roles in cell fate transitions. Current computational approaches to analyze chromatin modifications across multiple cell types do not model how the cell types are related on a lineage or over time. To overcome this limitation, we have developed a method called CMINT (Chromatin Module INference on Trees), a probabilistic clustering approach to systematically capture chromatin state dynamics across multiple cell types. Compared to existing approaches, CMINT can handle complex lineage topologies, capture higher quality clusters, and reliably detect chromatin transitions between cell types...
April 19, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423718/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-yamanaka-factors-reprogrammed-breast-cancer-cells
#19
Kun Wang, Zhiyan Shan, Lian Duan, Tiantian Gong, Feng Liu, Yue Zhang, Zhendong Wang, Jingling Shen, Lei Lei
Cancer cells had been developed to be reprogrammed into embryonic stem like cells by induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) technology, however, the tumor differentiation/dedifferentiation mechanisms had not yet been analyzed on a genome-wide scale. Here, we inserted the four stem cell transcription factor genes OCT4, SOX2, C-MYC and KLF4 into MCF cells (MCFs), represented a female breast cancer cell type, and obtained iPSCs (Mcfips) in about 3 weeks. By using the LC MS/MS iTRAQ technology, we analyzed the proteomic changes between MCFs and Mcfips...
March 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421501/chapter-17-sterile-plate-based-vitrification-of-adherent-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-their-derivatives-using-the-twist-method
#20
Julia C Neubauer, Frank Stracke, Heiko Zimmermann
Due to their high biological complexity, e.g., their close cell-to-cell contacts, cryopreservation of human pluripotent stem cells with standard slow-rate protocols often is inefficient and can hardly be standardized. Vitrification that means ultrafast freezing already showed very good viability and recovery rates for this sensitive cell system, but is only applicable for low cell numbers, bears a high risk of contamination, and can hardly be implemented under GxP regulations. In this chapter, a sterile plate-based vitrification method for adherent pluripotent stem cells and their derivatives is presented based on a procedure and device for human embryonic stem cells developed by Beier et al...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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