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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544640/an-in%C3%A2-vitro-model-demonstrates-the-potential-of-neoplastic-human-germ-cells-to-influence-the-tumour-microenvironment
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B Klein, H-C Schuppe, M Bergmann, M P Hedger, B E Loveland, K L Loveland
Testicular germ cell tumours (TGCT) typically contain high numbers of infiltrating immune cells, yet the functional nature and consequences of interactions between GCNIS (germ cell neoplasia in situ) or seminoma cells and immune cells remain unknown. A co-culture model using the seminoma-derived TCam-2 cell line and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC, n = 7 healthy donors) was established to investigate how tumour and immune cells each contribute to the cytokine microenvironment associated with TGCT...
May 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543417/toward-public-bioethics
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EDITORIAL
Gregory E Kaebnick
This issue of the Hastings Center Report (May-June 2017) features a couple of interesting takes on the governance challenges of emerging technologies. In an essay on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report published this February on human germ-line gene editing, Eric Juengst, a philosopher at the University of North Carolina, argues that the NASEM committee did not manage to rethink the rules. Juengst reaches what he calls an "eccentric conclusion": "The committee's 2017 consensus report has been widely interpreted as 'opening the door' to inheritable human genetic modification and holding a line against enhancement interventions...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543411/crowdsourcing-the-moral-limits-of-human-gene-editing
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Eric T Juengst
In 2015, a flourish of "alarums and excursions" by the scientific community propelled CRISPR/Cas9 and other new gene-editing techniques into public attention. At issue were two kinds of potential gene-editing experiments in humans: those making inheritable germ-line modifications and those designed to enhance human traits beyond what is necessary for health and healing. The scientific consensus seemed to be that while research to develop safe and effective human gene editing should continue, society's moral uncertainties about these two kinds of experiments needed to be better resolved before clinical trials of either type should be attempted...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539189/the-individual-and-population-genetics-of-antibody-immunity
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REVIEW
Corey T Watson, Jacob Glanville, Wayne A Marasco
Antibodies (Abs) produced by immunoglobulin (IG) genes are the most diverse proteins expressed in humans. While part of this diversity is generated by recombination during B-cell development and mutations during affinity maturation, the germ-line IG loci are also diverse across human populations and ethnicities. Recently, proof-of-concept studies have demonstrated genotype-phenotype correlations between specific IG germ-line variants and the quality of Ab responses during vaccination and disease. However, the functional consequences of IG genetic variation in Ab function and immunological outcomes remain underexplored...
May 20, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536242/mutation-in-tdrd9-causes-non-obstructive-azoospermia-in-infertile-men
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Maram Arafat, Iris Har-Vardi, Avi Harlev, Eliahu Levitas, Atif Zeadna, Maram Abofoul-Azab, Victor Dyomin, Val C Sheffield, Eitan Lunenfeld, Mahmoud Huleihel, Ruti Parvari
BACKGROUND: Azoospermia is diagnosed when sperm cells are completely absent in the ejaculate even after centrifugation. It is identified in approximately 1% of all men and in 10%-20% of infertile males. Non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) is characterised by the absence of sperm due to either a Sertoli cell-only pattern, maturation arrest, hypospermatogenesis or mixed patterns. NOA is a severe form of male infertility, with limited treatment options and low fertility success rates. In the majority of patients, the cause for NOA is not known and mutations in only a few genes were shown to be causative...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533935/a-review-of-the-emerging-potential-therapy-for-neurological-disorders-human-embryonic-stem-cell-therapy
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REVIEW
Geeta Shroff, Jyoti Dhanda Titus, Rhea Shroff
The first human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line was developed in the late nineties. hESCs are capable of proliferating indefinitely and differentiate into all the three embryonic germ layers. Further, the differentiation of hESC lines into neural precursor cells and neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes showed their potential in treating several incurable neurological disorders such as spinal cord injury (SCI), cerebral palsy (CP), Parkinson's disease (PD). In this review, we will discuss the global scenario of research and therapeutic use of hESCs in the treatment of neurological disorders...
2017: American Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533810/tc003132-is-essential-for-the-follicle-stem-cell-lineage-in-telotrophic-tribolium-oogenesis
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Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis, Michael Schoppmeier
BACKGROUND: Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem cell biology and organ evolution, we use the telotrophic ovary of the beetle Tribolium. To this end, we participated in a large-scale RNAi screen in the red flour beetle Tribolium, which identified functions in embryonic and postembryonic development for more than half of the Tribolium genes...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528424/trps1-gene-alterations-in-human-subependymoma
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Sascha B Fischer, Michelle Attenhofer, Sakir H Gultekin, Donald A Ross, Karl Heinimann
Subependymoma is a rare primary brain tumor, constituting 0.07-0.51% of brain tumors. Genetic alterations in subependymoma are largely unknown, but familial occurrences have been reported. Trichorhinophalangeal syndrome type 1 (TRPS1) is a rare hereditary malformation complex caused by mutations in a gene identified in the year 2000 on 8q24.12. We report two patients with TRPS I and surgically treated subependymomas, one of whom has a first degree relative, now deceased, who was affected and also had a subependymoma...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502982/why-are-hematopoietic-stem-cells-so-sexy-on-a-search-for-developmental-explanation
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REVIEW
Mariusz Z Ratajczak
Evidence has accumulated that normal human and murine hematopoietic stem cells express several functional pituitary and gonadal sex hormones and that, in fact, some sex hormones, such as androgens, have been employed for many years to stimulate hematopoiesis in patients with bone marrow aplasia. Interestingly, sex hormone receptors are also expressed by leukemic cell lines and blasts. In this review I will discuss the emerging question of why hematopoietic cells express these receptors. A tempting hypothetical explanation for this phenomenon is that hematopoietic stem cells are related to subpopulation of migrating primordial germ cells...
May 15, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446200/human-germ-stem-cell-specific-gene-tex19-influences-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-cancer-prognosis
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Vicente Planells-Palop, Ali Hazazi, Julia Feichtinger, Jana Jezkova, Gerhard Thallinger, Naif O Alsiwiehri, Mikhlid Almutairi, Lee Parry, Jane A Wakeman, Ramsay J McFarlane
BACKGROUND: Cancer/testis (CT) genes have expression normally restricted to the testis, but become activated during oncogenesis, so they have excellent potential as cancer-specific biomarkers. Evidence is starting to emerge to indicate that they also provide function(s) in the oncogenic programme. Human TEX19 is a recently identified CT gene, but a functional role for TEX19 in cancer has not yet been defined. METHODS: siRNA was used to deplete TEX19 levels in various cancer cell lines...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439515/endogenous-retroviruses-with-us-and-against-us
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REVIEW
Thomas J Meyer, Jimi L Rosenkrantz, Lucia Carbone, Shawn L Chavez
Mammalian genomes are scattered with thousands of copies of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), mobile genetic elements that are relics of ancient retroviral infections. After inserting copies into the germ line of a host, most ERVs accumulate mutations that prevent the normal assembly of infectious viral particles, becoming trapped in host genomes and unable to leave to infect other cells. While most copies of ERVs are inactive, some are transcribed and encode the proteins needed to generate new insertions at novel loci...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417059/susceptibility-of-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-oscc-h103-and-h376-cell-lines-to-retroviral-oskm-mediated-reprogramming
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Nalini Devi Verusingam, Swee Keong Yeap, Huynh Ky, Ian C Paterson, Suan Phaik Khoo, Soon Keng Cheong, Alan H K Ong, Tunku Kamarul
Although numbers of cancer cell lines have been shown to be successfully reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), reprogramming Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) to pluripotency in relation to its cancer cell type and the expression pattern of pluripotent genes under later passage remain unexplored. In our study, we reprogrammed and characterised H103 and H376 oral squamous carcinoma cells using retroviral OSKM mediated method. Reprogrammed cells were characterized for their embryonic stem cells (ESCs) like morphology, pluripotent gene expression via quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), immunofluorescence staining, embryoid bodies (EB) formation and directed differentiation capacity...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413006/generation-of-a-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-from-a-64year-old-male-patient-with-multiple-schwannoma
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Shaokun Zhang, Zhenshan Lv, Yang Hu, Lidi Liu, Weiquan Gong, Qiao Li, Hong Wu
Peripheral blood was collected from a clinically diagnosed 64-year old male multiple schwannoma patient. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were reprogrammed with the Yamanaka KMOS reprogramming factors using the Sendai-virus reprogramming system. The transgene-free iPSC line showed pluripotency verified by immunofluorescent staining for pluripotency markers, and the iPSC line was able to differentiate into the 3 germ layers in vivo. The iPSC line also showed normal karyotype. This in vitro cellular model will be useful for further pathological studies of multiple schwannoma...
March 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413005/generation-of-a-nrf2-homozygous-knockout-human-embryonic-stem-cell-line-using-crispr-cas9
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So-Jung Kim, Omer Habib, Jin-Soo Kim, Hyo-Won Han, Soo Kyung Koo, Jung-Hyun Kim
Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NFE2L2 or Nrf2) is a well-known transcription factor that regulates the expression of a large number of anti-oxidant genes in mammalian cells (J.H. Kim et al., 2014). Here, we generated a homozygous Nrf2 knockout human embryonic stem cell (hESC) line, H9Nrf2KO-A13, using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing method. The Nrf2 homozygous knockout H9 cell line maintains pluripotency, differentiation potential into three germ layers, and a normal karyotype.
March 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413004/derivation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-from-a-79year-old-sporadic-male-parkinson-s-disease-patient
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Shaokun Zhang, Lidi Liu, Yang Hu, Zhenshan Lv, Qiao Li, Weiquan Gong, Hui Sha, Hong Wu
Peripheral blood was collected from a clinically diagnosed 79-year old male sporadic Parkinson's disease patient. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were reprogrammed with the Yamanaka KMOS reprogramming factors using the Sendai-virus reprogramming system. The transgene-free iPSC line showed pluripotency verified by immunofluorescent staining for pluripotency markers, and the iPSC line was able to differentiate into the 3 germ layers in vivo. The iPSC line also showed normal karyotype. This in vitro cellular model can be used to study the mechanism of sporadic Parkinson's disease and to test new drugs...
March 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413002/characterization-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-from-a-72year-old-male-patient-with-later-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
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Shaokun Zhang, Zhenshan Lv, Songyuan Zhang, Lidi Liu, Qiao Li, Weiquan Gong, Hui Sha, Hong Wu
Peripheral blood was collected from a clinically diagnosed 72-year old male patient with later onset Alzheimer's disease. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were reprogrammed with the Yamanaka KMOS reprogramming factors using the Sendai-virus reprogramming system. The transgene-free iPSC line showed pluripotency verified by immunofluorescent staining for pluripotency markers, and the iPSC line was able to differentiate into the 3 germ layers in vivo. The iPSC line also showed normal karyotype. This in vitro cellular model will be useful for studying the pathological mechanism of Alzheimer's disease...
March 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413001/development-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-from-a-60year-old-female-patient-with-multiple-schwannoma
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Shaokun Zhang, Zhenshan Lv, Yan Liu, Qiao Li, Weiquan Gong, Lidi Liu, Hong Wu
Peripheral blood was collected from a clinically diagnosed 60-year old female patient with multiple schwannoma. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were reprogrammed with the Yamanaka KMOS reprogramming factors using the Sendai-virus reprogramming system. The transgene-free iPSC line showed pluripotency verified by immunofluorescent staining for pluripotency markers, and the iPSC line was able to differentiate into the 3 germ layers in vivo. The iPSC line also showed normal karyotype. This in vitro cellular model will be useful for further pathological studies of multiple schwannoma...
March 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395806/generation-of-human-ipscs-from-an-essential-thrombocythemia-patient-carrying-a-v501l-mutation-in-the-mpl-gene
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Senquan Liu, Zhaohui Ye, Yongxing Gao, Chaoxia He, Donna W Williams, Alison Moliterno, Jerry Spivak, He Huang, Linzhao Cheng
Activating point mutations in the MPL gene encoding the thrombopoietin receptor are found in 3%-10% of essential thrombocythemia (ET) and myelofibrosis patients. Here, we report the derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from an ET patient with a heterozygous MPL V501L mutation. Peripheral blood CD34(+) progenitor cells were reprogrammed by transient plasmid expression of OCT4, SOX2, KLF4, c-MYC plus BCL2L1 (BCL-xL) genes. The derived line M494 carries a MPL V501L mutation, displays typical iPSC morphology and characteristics, are pluripotent and karyotypically normal...
January 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395805/generation-of-a-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-carrying-the-parkinson-s-disease-linked-lrrk2-variant-s1647t
#19
Dongrui Ma, Shin Hui Ng, Li Zeng, Yi Zhao, Eng King Tan
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were collected from a clinically diagnosed 64-year old male Parkinson's disease (PD) patient with S1647T variant in the LRRK2 gene. The PMBCs were reprogrammed with the human OSKM transcription factors using the Sendai-virus reprogramming system. The transgene-free iPSC showed pluripotency confirmed by immunofluorescent staining for pluripotency markers and differentiated into the 3 germ layers in vivo. The iPSC line also showed normal karyotype. This cellular model will be useful for further function studies and therapeutic screening...
January 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395804/development-of-a-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-line-from-a-parkinson-s-disease-patient-carrying-the-n551k-variant-in-lrrk2-gene
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Dongrui Ma, Ebonne Yulin Ng, Li Zeng, Christina Ying Yan Lim, Yi Zhao, Eng King Tan
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were collected from a clinically diagnosed 64-year old male Parkinson's disease (PD) patient with N551K variant in the LRRK2 gene. The PMBCs were reprogrammed with the human OSKM transcription factors using the Sendai-virus reprogramming system. The transgene-free iPSC showed pluripotency confirmed by immunofluorescent staining for pluripotency markers and differentiated into the 3 germ layers in vivo. The iPSC line also showed normal karyotype. This cellular model can complement in vivo PD models for pathophysiological studies and drug screening...
January 2017: Stem Cell Research
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