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Yasuyuki Amoh, Robert M Hoffman
Various types of stem cells reside in the skin, including keratinocyte progenitor cells, melanocyte progenitor cells, and skin-derived precursors (SKPs), and nestin-expressing hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells. HAP stem cells, located in the bulge area of the hair follicle, have been shown to differentiate to nerve cells, glial cells, keratinocytes, smooth muscle cells, cardiac muscle cells, and melanocytes. HAP stem cells are positive forthe stem cell marker CD34, as well as K15-negative, suggestingtheir relatively undifferentiated state and therefore, HAP stem cells may be the most primitive stem cells in the skin...
July 27, 2017: Cell Cycle
James A Heslop, Richard Kia, Christopher S Pridgeon, Rowena L Sison-Young, Triantafillos Liloglou, Mohamed Elmasry, Stephen W Fenwick, John S Mills, Neil R Kitteringham, Chris E Goldring, B Kevin Park
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August 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Meera Nair, Sardul Singh Sandhu, Anil Kumar Sharma
BACKGROUND: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (IPSC) Technology is the most advanced research as it offers an attractive alternative for establishing patient-specific IPSCs to recapitulate phenotypes of not only monogenic diseases (viz. Thalassaemia, Sickle cell anemia, Haemophilia, Tay-Sachs disease), but also late-onset polygenic diseases (viz. Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia). Over the hindsight, numerous studies of the past and current scientists have led to the production, maturation and understanding of induced pluripotent stem cell technology and its use in basic and clinical research...
July 27, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Mehrnoosh Saghizadeh, Andrei A Kramerov, Clive N Svendsen, Alexander V Ljubimov
Corneal wound healing is a complex process that occurs in response to various injuries and commonly used refractive surgery. It is a significant clinical problem, which may lead to serious complications due to either incomplete (epithelial) or excessive (stromal) healing. Epithelial stem cells clearly play a role in this process, whereas the contribution of stromal and endothelial progenitors is less well studied. The available evidence on stem cell participation in corneal wound healing is reviewed, together with the data on the use of corneal and non-corneal stem cells to facilitate this process in diseased or postsurgical conditions...
July 26, 2017: Stem Cells
Emma-Jane Poulton
Impedance-based measurement is a useful tool for assessing the contractility of plated cardiomyocytes in the context of early preclinical cardiosafety assessment. Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSCs) can be used for this purpose as these cells display similar electrochemical properties to primary cardiomyocytes and beat reliably and in synchronicity in culture. Here we describe a method for measuring the contractility of iPSCs using the xCELLigence RTCA impedance measurement system.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Alexey Komissarov, Ilya Demidyuk, Dina Safina, Marina Roschina, Andrey Shubin, Nataliya Lunina, Maria Karaseva, Sergey Kostrov
Recent reports on various cancer models demonstrate a great potential of cytosine deaminase/5-fluorocytosine suicide system in cancer therapy. However, this approach has limited success and its application to patients has not reached the desirable clinical significance. Accordingly, the improvement of this suicide system is an actively developing trend in gene therapy. The purpose of this study was to explore the cytotoxic effect observed after co-expression of hepatitis A virus 3C protease (3C) and yeast cytosine deaminase/uracil phosphoribosyltransferase fusion protein (FCU1) in a bicistronic vector...
July 26, 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
Alireza Noormohammadi, Giuseppe Calculli, Ricardo Gutierrez-Garcia, Amirabbas Khodakarami, Seda Koyuncu, David Vilchez
Protein homeostasis, or proteostasis, is essential for cell function, development, and organismal viability. The composition of the proteome is adjusted to the specific requirements of a particular cell type and status. Moreover, multiple metabolic and environmental conditions challenge the integrity of the proteome. To maintain the quality of the proteome, the proteostasis network monitors proteins from their synthesis through their degradation. Whereas somatic stem cells lose their ability to maintain proteostasis with age, immortal pluripotent stem cells exhibit a stringent proteostasis network associated with their biological function and intrinsic characteristics...
July 26, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Tomohiro Yamasaki, Shohei Wakao, Hiroshi Kawaji, Shinichiro Koizumi, Tetsuro Sameshima, Mari Dezawa, Hiroki Namba
Malignant glioma, the most common malignant brain tumor in adults, is difficult to treat due to its aggressive invasive nature. Enzyme/prodrug suicide gene therapy based on the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSVtk)/ganciclovir (GCV) system is an efficient strategy for treating malignant gliomas. In the present study, we evaluated treatment with multilineage-differentiating stress-enduring (Muse) cells, which are endogenous non-tumorigenic pluripotent-like stem cells that are easily collectable from the bone marrow as SSEA-3(+) cells, as carriers of the HSVtk gene...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
Madu Ghana Shyam Prasad, Juvva Ramakrishna, Duvvi Naveen Babu
Stem cells are the pluripotent cells that have the capacity to differentiate into other specialized cells. Recently, many experiments have been conducted to study the potentiality of stem cells in the tissue regeneration. We report two cases treated utilizing stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED) in the management of periapical lesions in permanent teeth. Two normal human deciduous teeth from children, 7‒8 years of age, were collected to isolate stem cells. Two patients, one with periapical pathology alone and the other with periapical lesion along with an open apex in young permanent teeth, were selected for the study...
2017: Journal of Dental Research, Dental Clinics, Dental Prospects
Luqia Hou, Joseph J Kim, Maureen Wanjare, Bhagat Patlolla, John Coller, Vanita Natu, Trevor J Hastie, Ngan F Huang
Endothelial cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells are a promising cell type for enhancing angiogenesis in ischemic cardiovascular tissues. However, our understanding of microenvironmental factors that modulate the process of endothelial differentiation is limited. We examined the role of combinatorial extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins on endothelial differentiation systematically using an arrayed microscale platform. Human pluripotent stem cells were differentiated on the arrayed ECM microenvironments for 5 days...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jessica A Palmer, Alan M Smith, Laura A Egnash, Michael R Colwell, Elizabeth L R Donley, Fred R Kirchner, Robert E Burrier
The relative developmental toxicity potency of a series of retinoid analogues was evaluated using a human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell assay that measures changes in the biomarkers ornithine and cystine. Analogue potency was predicted, based on the assay endpoint of the ornithine/cystine (o/c) ratio, to be all-trans-retinoic acid>TTNPB>13-cis-retinoic acid≈9-cis-retinoic acid>acitretin>etretinate>retinol. These rankings correlate with in vivo data and demonstrate successful application of the assay to rank a series of related toxic and non-toxic compounds...
July 23, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
Cecilia Laterza, Somsak Wattananit, Naomi Uoshima, Ruimin Ge, Daniel Tornero, Emanuela Monni, Olle Lindvall, Zaal Kokaia
Ischemic stroke, caused by middle cerebral artery occlusion, leads to long-lasting formation of new striatal neurons from neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of adult rodents. Concomitantly with this neurogenic response, SVZ exhibits activation of resident microglia and infiltrating monocytes. Here we show that depletion of circulating monocytes, using the anti-CCR2 antibody MC-21 during the first week after stroke, enhances striatal neurogenesis at one week post-insult, most likely by increasing short-term survival of the newly formed neuroblasts in the SVZ and adjacent striatum...
July 23, 2017: Experimental Neurology
Ryan J Schutte, Yunyao Xie, Nathan N Ng, Priscilla Figueroa, An T Pham, Diane K O'Dowd
BACKGROUND: Human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived neuronal cultures are a useful tool for studying the mechanisms of neurological disorders and developing novel therapeutics. While plating hiPSC-derived neuronal progenitors onto glial feeder layers prepared from rodent cortex has been reported to promote functional differentiation of neuronal networks, this has not been examined in detail. NEW METHOD: Here we describe a method of using cryopreserved cells from primary cultures for generation of mouse astrocyte-enriched, neuron-free feeder layers that grow from 10% to 100% confluence in 1 week...
July 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Freshteh Palangi, Samson M Samuel, I Richard Thompson, Chris R Triggle, Mohamed M Emara
Stress Granules (SGs) are dynamic ribonucleoprotein aggregates, which have been observed in cells subjected to environmental stresses, such as oxidative stress and heat shock (HS). Although pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are highly sensitive to oxidative stress, the role of SGs in regulating PSC self-renewal and differentiation has not been fully elucidated. Here we found that sodium arsenite (SA) and HS, but not hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), induce SG formation in human induced (hi) PSCs. Particularly, we found that these granules contain the well-known SG proteins (G3BP, TIAR, eIF4E, eIF4A, eIF3B, eIF4G, and PABP), were found in juxtaposition to processing bodies (PBs), and were disassembled after the removal of the stress...
2017: PloS One
Masaki Yagi, Satoshi Kishigami, Akito Tanaka, Katsunori Semi, Eiji Mizutani, Sayaka Wakayama, Teruhiko Wakayama, Takuya Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Yamada
Inhibitors of Mek1/2 and Gsk3β, known as 2i, enhance the derivation of embryonic stem (ES) cells and promote ground-state pluripotency in rodents. Here we show that the derivation of female mouse ES cells in the presence of 2i and leukaemia inhibitory factor (2i/L ES cells) results in a widespread loss of DNA methylation, including a massive erasure of genomic imprints. Despite this global loss of DNA methylation, early-passage 2i/L ES cells efficiently differentiate into somatic cells, and this process requires genome-wide de novo DNA methylation...
July 26, 2017: Nature
Abdolreza Ardeshirylajimi, Arash Khojasteh
According to the current therapies failure for bone fractures and lesions, tissue engineering showed a great potential to help solve these challenges. Because the use of growth factors is very limited in the clinic, it could be very useful that could be introducing an alternative to it. Extremely low frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF, 1 mT, 50 Hz) were used for achieving this aim. The PEMF potential in combination with electrospun polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofibers was used to investigate the osteogenic potential of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
July 25, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Yueying Li, Yong Hai, Jiayu Chen, Tie Liu
In this study, we used peripheral blood cells (PBCs) as seed cells to produce chondrocytes via induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in an integration-free method. Following embryoid body (EB) formation and fibroblastic cell expansion, the iPSCs are induced for chondrogenic differentiation for 21 days under serum-free and xeno-free conditions. After chondrocyte induction, the phenotypes of the cells are evaluated by morphological, immunohistochemical, and biochemical analyses, as well as by the quantitative real-time PCR examination of chondrogenic differentiation markers...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Y Guo, J Cui, Z Ji, C Cheng, K Zhang, C Zhang, M Chu, Q Zhao, Z Yu, Y Zhang, Y-X Fang, W-Q Gao, H H Zhu
Clinical intervention for patients with advanced prostate cancer (PCa) remains challenging due to the inevitable recurrence of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) after androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Cancer stem cells (CSCs) with serial tumor-propagating capacity are considered to be the driving force for PCa progression and recurrence. In this study, we report that the miR-302/367 cluster, a previously identified potent pluripotency regulator, is upregulated in prostate tumors. Specifically, the forced expression of the miR-302/367 cluster accelerates the in vitro and in vivo growth of PCa cells and their resistance to androgen ablation, whereas the knockdown of the miR-302/367 cluster using anti-sense RNA suppresses the incidence of formation, growth rate and endpoint weight of PCa cell tumors...
July 24, 2017: Oncogene
Thomas S Wilems, Xi Lu, Yuki Kurosu, Zara Kahn, Hyun Ju Lim, Laura A Smith Callahan
Many studies have utilized Irgacure 2959 photopolymerized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels for tissue engineering application development. Due to the limited penetration of ultraviolet light through tissue, Irgacure 2959 polymerized hydrogels are not suitable for use in tissues where material injection is desirable, such as the spinal cord. To address this, several free radical initiators (thermal initiator VA044, ammonium persulfate/TEMED reduction-oxidation reaction, and Fenton chemistry) are evaluated for their effects on the material and mechanical properties of PEG hydrogels compared to Irgacure 2959...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Lisann Pelzl, Stefan Hauser, Bhaeldin Elsir, Basma Sukkar, Itishri Sahu, Yogesh Singh, Philip Höflinger, Rosi Bissinger, Mohamed Jemaà, Christos Stournaras, Ludger Schöls, Florian Lang
Chorea-Acanthocytosis (ChAc), a neurodegenerative disorder, results from loss-of-function-mutations of chorein-encoding gene VPS13A. In tumour cells chorein up-regulates ORAI1, a Ca(2+)-channel accomplishing store operated Ca(2+)-entry (SOCE) upon stimulation by STIM1. Furthermore SOCE could be up-regulated by lithium. The present study explored whether SOCE impacts on neuron apoptosis. Cortical neurons were differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells generated from fibroblasts of ChAc patients and healthy volunteers...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
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