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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088038/evidence-of-functional-duplicity-of-nestin-expression-in-the-adult-mouse-midbrain
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Parisa Farzanehfar, Shi Sheng Lu, Anupa Dey, Dharshani Musiienko, Hamzah Baagil, Malcolm K Horne, Tim D Aumann
Whether or not neurogenesis occurs in the adult substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) is an important question relevant for developing better treatments for the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although controversial, it is generally believed that dividing cells here remain undifferentiated or differentiate into glia, not neurons. However, there is a suggestion that Nestin-expressing neural precursor cells (NPCs) in the adult SNc have a propensity to differentiate into neurons, which we sought to confirm in the present study...
January 5, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087629/jmjd2c-kdm4c-facilitates-the-assembly-of-essential-enhancer-protein-complexes-at-the-onset-of-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation
#2
Rute A Tomaz, Jennifer L Harman, Donja Karimlou, Lauren Weavers, Lauriane Fritsch, Tony Bou-Kheir, Emma Bell, Ignacio Del Valle Torres, Kathy K Niakan, Cynthia Fisher, Onkar Joshi, Hendrik G Stunnenberg, Edward Curry, Slimane Ait-Si-Ali, Helle F Jørgensen, Véronique Azuara
Jmjd2/Kdm4 H3K9-demethylases cooperate in promoting mouse embryonic stem cell (ESC) identity. However, little is known about their importance at the exit of ESC pluripotency. Here, we uncover that Jmjd2c facilitates this process by stabilizing the assembly of Mediator-Cohesin complexes at lineage-specific enhancers. Functionally, we show that Jmjd2c is required in ESCs to initiate appropriate gene expression programs upon somatic multi-lineage differentiation. In the absence of Jmjd2c, differentiation is stalled at an early post-implantation epiblast-like stage, while Jmjd2c-knockout ESCs remain capable of forming extra-embryonic endoderm derivatives...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087610/long-non-coding-rna-exchange-during-the-oocyte-to-embryo-transition-in-mice
#3
Rosa Karlic, Sravya Ganesh, Vedran Franke, Eliska Svobodova, Jana Urbanova, Yutaka Suzuki, Fugaku Aoki, Kristian Vlahovicek, Petr Svoboda
The oocyte-to-embryo transition (OET) transforms a differentiated gamete into pluripotent blastomeres. The accompanying maternal-zygotic RNA exchange involves remodeling of the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) pool. Here, we used next generation sequencing and de novo transcript assembly to define the core population of 1,600 lncRNAs expressed during the OET (lncRNAs). Relative to mRNAs, OET lncRNAs were less expressed and had shorter transcripts, mainly due to fewer exons and shorter 5' terminal exons. Approximately half of OET lncRNA promoters originated in retrotransposons suggesting their recent emergence...
January 13, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087483/cell-number-per-spheroid-and-electrical-conductivity-of-nanowires-influence-the-function-of-silicon-nanowired-human-cardiac-spheroids
#4
Yu Tan, Dylan Richards, Robert C Coyle, Jenny Yao, Ruoyu Xu, Wenyu Gou, Hongjun Wang, Donald R Menick, Bozhi Tian, Ying Mei
: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) provide an unlimited cell source to treat cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death worldwide. However, current hiPSC-CMs retain an immature phenotype that leads to difficulties for integration with adult myocardium after transplantation. To address this, we recently utilized electrically conductive silicon nanowires (e-SiNWs) to facilitate self-assembly of hiPSC-CMs to form nanowired hiPSC cardiac spheroids...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087003/in%C3%A2-vitro-generation-of-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-from-fibroblasts-implications-for-precision-and-regenerative-medicine-in-nephrology
#5
Christina M Wyatt, Nicole Dubois
Prior efforts to generate renal epithelial cells in vitro have relied on pluripotent or bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. A recent publication in Nature Cell Biology describes the generation of induced tubular epithelial cells from fibroblasts, potentially offering a novel platform for personalized drug toxicity screening and in vitro disease modeling. This report serves as a promising proof of principle study and opens future research directions, including the optimization of the reprogramming process, efficient translation to adult human fibroblasts, and the generation of highly specific functional renal cell types...
February 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086806/age-related-macular-degeneration-associated-polymorphism-rs10490924-in-arms2-results-in-deficiency-of-a-complement-activator
#6
Sven Micklisch, Yuchen Lin, Saskia Jacob, Marcus Karlstetter, Katharina Dannhausen, Prasad Dasari, Monika von der Heide, Hans-Martin Dahse, Lisa Schmölz, Felix Grassmann, Medhanie Alene, Sascha Fauser, Harald Neumann, Stefan Lorkowski, Diana Pauly, Bernhard H Weber, Antonia M Joussen, Thomas Langmann, Peter F Zipfel, Christine Skerka
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. The polymorphism rs10490924 in the ARMS2 gene is highly associated with AMD and linked to an indel mutation (del443ins54), the latter inducing mRNA instability. At present, the function of the ARMS2 protein, the exact cellular sources in the retina and the biological consequences of the rs10490924 polymorphism are unclear. METHODS: Recombinant ARMS2 was expressed in Pichia pastoris, and protein functions were studied regarding cell surface binding and complement activation in human serum using fluoresence-activated cell sorting (FACS) as well as laser scanning microscopy (LSM)...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079893/mitochondrial-respiratory-dysfunction-disturbs-neuronal-and-cardiac-lineage-commitment-of-human-ipscs
#7
Mutsumi Yokota, Hideyuki Hatakeyama, Yasuha Ono, Miyuki Kanazawa, Yu-Ichi Goto
Mitochondrial diseases are genetically heterogeneous and present a broad clinical spectrum among patients; in most cases, genetic determinants of mitochondrial diseases are heteroplasmic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations. However, it is uncertain whether and how heteroplasmic mtDNA mutations affect particular cellular fate-determination processes, which are closely associated with the cell-type-specific pathophysiology of mitochondrial diseases. In this study, we established two isogenic induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines each carrying different proportions of a heteroplasmic m...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079892/hif-2%C3%AE-and-oct4-have-synergistic-effects-on-survival-and-myocardial-repair-of-very-small-embryonic-like-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-infarcted-hearts
#8
Shaoheng Zhang, Lan Zhao, Jiahong Wang, Nannan Chen, Jian Yan, Xin Pan
Poor cell survival and limited functional benefits have restricted mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) efficacy for treating myocardial infarction (MI), suggesting that a better understanding of stem cell biology is needed. The transcription factor HIF-2α is an essential regulator of the transcriptional response to hypoxia, which can interact with embryonic stem cells (ESCs) transcription factor Oct4 and modulate its signaling. Here, we obtained very small embryonic-like mesenchymal stem cells (vselMSCs) from MI patients, which possessed the very small embryonic-like stem cells' (VSELs) morphology as well as ESCs' pluripotency...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079116/katanin-p80-numa-and-cytoplasmic-dynein-cooperate-to-control-microtubule-dynamics
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Mingyue Jin, Oz Pomp, Tomoyasu Shinoda, Shiori Toba, Takayuki Torisawa, Ken'ya Furuta, Kazuhiro Oiwa, Takuo Yasunaga, Daiju Kitagawa, Shigeru Matsumura, Takaki Miyata, Thong Teck Tan, Bruno Reversade, Shinji Hirotsune
Human mutations in KATNB1 (p80) cause severe congenital cortical malformations, which encompass the clinical features of both microcephaly and lissencephaly. Although p80 plays critical roles during brain development, the underlying mechanisms remain predominately unknown. Here, we demonstrate that p80 regulates microtubule (MT) remodeling in combination with NuMA (nuclear mitotic apparatus protein) and cytoplasmic dynein. We show that p80 shuttles between the nucleus and spindle pole in synchrony with the cell cycle...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078490/podocalyxin-as-a-major-pluripotent-marker-and-novel-keratan-sulfate-proteoglycan-in-human-embryonic-and-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Hidenao Toyoda, Yuko Nagai, Aya Kojima, Akiko Kinoshita-Toyoda
Podocalyxin (PC) was first identified as a heavily sialylated transmembrane protein of glomerular podocytes. Recent studies suggest that PC is a remarkable glycoconjugate that acts as a universal glyco-carrier. The glycoforms of PC are responsible for multiple functions in normal tissue, human cancer cells, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). PC is employed as a major pluripotent marker of hESCs and hiPSCs. Among the general antibodies for human PC, TRA-1-60 and TRA-1-81 recognize the keratan sulfate (KS)-related structures...
January 11, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078320/lgr4-and-lgr5-function-redundantly-during-human-endoderm-differentiation
#11
Yu-Hwai Tsai, David R Hill, Namit Kumar, Sha Huang, Alana M Chin, Briana R Dye, Melinda S Nagy, Michael P Verzi, Jason R Spence
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The Lgr family of transmembrane proteins (Lgr4, 5, 6) act as functional receptors for R-spondin proteins (Rspo 1, 2, 3, 4), and potentiate Wnt signaling in different contexts. Lgr5 is arguably the best characterized of the Lgr family members in a number of adult and embryonic contexts in mice. However, the function of LGR family members in early embryonic development is unclear, and has not been explored during human development or tissue differentiation in detail. METHODS: We interrogated the function and expression of LGR family members using human pluripotent stem cell-derived tissues including definitive endoderm, mid/hindgut, and intestinal organoids...
September 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077169/distinct-5-methylcytosine-profiles-in-poly-a-rna-from-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-and-brain
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Thomas Amort, Dietmar Rieder, Alexandra Wille, Daria Khokhlova-Cubberley, Christian Riml, Lukas Trixl, Xi-Yu Jia, Ronald Micura, Alexandra Lusser
BACKGROUND: Recent work has identified and mapped a range of posttranscriptional modifications in mRNA, including methylation of the N6 and N1 positions in adenine, pseudouridylation, and methylation of carbon 5 in cytosine (m5C). However, knowledge about the prevalence and transcriptome-wide distribution of m5C is still extremely limited; thus, studies in different cell types, tissues, and organisms are needed to gain insight into possible functions of this modification and implications for other regulatory processes...
January 5, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076798/neonatal-transplantation-confers-maturation-of-psc-derived-cardiomyocytes-conducive-to-modeling-cardiomyopathy
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Gun-Sik Cho, Dong I Lee, Emmanouil Tampakakis, Sean Murphy, Peter Andersen, Hideki Uosaki, Stephen Chelko, Khalid Chakir, Ingie Hong, Kinya Seo, Huei-Sheng Vincent Chen, Xiongwen Chen, Cristina Basso, Steven R Houser, Gordon F Tomaselli, Brian O'Rourke, Daniel P Judge, David A Kass, Chulan Kwon
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer unprecedented opportunities for disease modeling and personalized medicine. However, PSC-derived cells exhibit fetal-like characteristics and remain immature in a dish. This has emerged as a major obstacle for their application for late-onset diseases. We previously showed that there is a neonatal arrest of long-term cultured PSC-derived cardiomyocytes (PSC-CMs). Here, we demonstrate that PSC-CMs mature into adult CMs when transplanted into neonatal hearts. PSC-CMs became similar to adult CMs in morphology, structure, and function within a month of transplantation into rats...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076757/ipsc-derived-retina-transplants-improve-vision-in-rd1-end-stage-retinal-degeneration-mice
#14
Michiko Mandai, Momo Fujii, Tomoyo Hashiguchi, Genshiro A Sunagawa, Shinichiro Ito, Jianan Sun, Jun Kaneko, Junki Sho, Chikako Yamada, Masayo Takahashi
Recent success in functional recovery by photoreceptor precursor transplantation in dysfunctional retina has led to an increased interest in using embryonic stem cell (ESC) or induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived retinal progenitors to treat retinal degeneration. However, cell-based therapies for end-stage degenerative retinas that have lost the outer nuclear layer (ONL) are still a big challenge. In the present study, by transplanting mouse iPSC-derived retinal tissue (miPSC retina) in the end-stage retinal-degeneration model (rd1), we visualized the direct contact between host bipolar cell terminals and the presynaptic terminal of graft photoreceptors by gene labeling, showed light-responsive behaviors in transplanted rd1 mice, and recorded responses from the host retina with transplants by ex vivo micro-electroretinography and ganglion cell recordings using a multiple-electrode array system...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075486/highly-expandable-human-ips-cell-derived-neural-progenitor-cells-npc-and-neurons-for-central-nervous-system-disease-modeling-and-high-throughput-screening
#15
Chialin Cheng, Daniel M Fass, Kat Folz-Donahue, Marcy E MacDonald, Stephen J Haggarty
Reprogramming of human somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has greatly expanded the set of research tools available to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Realizing the promise of iPS cell technology for the identification of novel therapeutic targets and for high-throughput drug screening requires implementation of methods for the large-scale production of defined CNS cell types. Here we describe a protocol for generating stable, highly expandable, iPS cell-derived CNS neural progenitor cells (NPC) using multi-dimensional fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) to purify NPC defined by cell surface markers...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075485/culturing-and-neuronal-differentiation-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells
#16
Sarita Goorha, Lawrence T Reiter
A major issue in studying human neurogenetic disorders, especially rare syndromes affecting the nervous system, is the ability to grow neuronal cultures that accurately represent these disorders for analysis. Although there has been some success in generating induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from both skin and blood, there are still limitations to the collection and production of iPS cells from these biospecimens. We have had significant success in collecting and growing human dental pulp stem (DPS) cells from exfoliated teeth sent to our laboratory by the parents of children with a variety of rare neurogenetic syndromes...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075482/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-hips-cells-from-urine-samples-a-non-integrative-and-feeder-free-reprogramming-strategy
#17
Clara Steichen, Karim Si-Tayeb, Fanny Wulkan, Thayane Crestani, Graça Rosas, Rafael Dariolli, Alexandre C Pereira, Jose E Krieger
Human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cell technology has already revolutionized some aspects of fundamental and applied research such as study of disease mechanisms and pharmacology screening. The first clinical trial using hiPS cell-derived cells began in Japan, only 10 years after the publication of the proof-of concept article. In this exciting context, strategies to generate hiPS cells have evolved quickly, tending towards non-invasive protocols to sample somatic cells combined with "safer" reprogramming strategies...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074389/cochlear-epithelial-of-dog-fetuses-a-new-source-of-multipotent-stem-cells
#18
Ana Carolina M Santos, Jéssica Borghesi, Lara Carolina Mario, Adriana Raquel A Anunciação, Andrea Maria Mess, Ana Claudia O Carreira, Phelipe O Favaron, Maria Angélica Miglino
Hearing loss caused by the damage of cochlea sensory cells or neurons is a common human disease, but also affects dogs and other animals. To test their progenitor nature as potential value for future therapies, we characterized cells derived from the cochlear epithelium in dog fetuses. In total, 8 fetuses of 35-40 days of gestation, derived from castration campaigns, were investigated. Cells were analysed by the MTT colorimetric assay and in regard to cell cycle, differentiation capacities, immunophenotypes and qPCR analysis...
January 10, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074068/a-cpg-island-methylator-phenotype-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-independent-of-idh-mutations-and-associated-with-a-favorable-outcome
#19
A D Kelly, H Kroeger, J Yamazaki, R Taby, F Neumann, S Yu, J T Lee, B Patel, Y Li, R He, S Liang, Y Lu, M Cesaroni, S A Pierce, S M Kornblau, C E Bueso-Ramos, F Ravandi, H M Kantarjian, J Jelinek, J-Pj Issa
Genetic changes are infrequent in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) compared to other malignancies and often involve epigenetic regulators, suggesting that an altered epigenome may underlie AML biology and outcomes. In 96 AML cases including 65 pilot samples selected for cured/not-cured, we found higher CpG island (CGI) promoter methylation in cured patients. Expanded genome-wide digital restriction enzyme analysis of methylation (DREAM) data revealed a CGI methylator phenotype independent of IDH1/2 mutations we term AML-CIMP (A-CIMP(+))...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073160/activation-of-jnk-pathway-aggravates-proteotoxicity-of-hepatic-mutant-z-alpha1-antitrypsin
#20
Nunzia Pastore, Sergio Attanasio, Barbara Granese, Jeffrey Teckman, Andrew A Wilson, Andrea Ballabio, And Nicola Brunetti-Pierri
Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disease that can affect both the lung and the liver. The vast majority of patients harbor a mutation in the SERPINA1 gene resulting in a single amino acid substitution that results in an unfolded protein that is prone to polymerization. Therefore, the liver disease is caused by a gain of function mechanism due to accumulation of the mutant Z alpha1-antitrypsin (ATZ) and is a key example of an important disease mechanism induced by protein toxicity. Intracellular retention of ATZ triggers a complex injury cascade including apoptosis and other mechanisms, although several aspects of the disease pathogenesis are still unclear...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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