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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550448/towards-xeno-free-cultures-of-human-limbal-stem-cells-for-ocular-surface-reconstruction
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Zala Lužnik, Claudia Breda, Vanessa Barbaro, Stefano Ferrari, Angelo Migliorati, Enzo Di Iorio, Barbara Ferrari, Carlo Griffoni, Andrea Grassetto, Hossein Mostafa Elbadawy, Marina Bertolin
Isolated limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs) were cultured with or without a 3T3 murine fibroblast feeder-layer (FL) in 4 different culture media on culture plates or on denuded human amniotic membrane (AM) support and fibrin gel support: (1) control medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum; (2) control medium supplemented with the synthetic serum "XerumFree™ XF205" (XF); (3) CnT-20 medium supplemented with "XerumFree™ XF205" (CnT-XF) and (4) CnT-20 medium supplemented with human AB serum (CnT-AB). The three xenogeneic media were compared to standard condition (control + FL) and parameters assessed included cell morphology, proliferative potential, number of passages, assessment of clonogenic and abortive colonies, life span, ∆Np63α expression and epithelial morphology on AM...
May 26, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549065/c-elegans-daf-16-foxo-interacts-with-tgf-%C3%A3-bmp-signaling-to-induce-germline-tumor-formation-via-mtorc1-activation
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Wenjing Qi, Yijian Yan, Dietmar Pfeifer, Erika Donner V Gromoff, Yimin Wang, Wolfgang Maier, Ralf Baumeister
Activation of the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16 by reduced insulin/IGF signaling (IIS) is considered to be beneficial in C. elegans due to its ability to extend lifespan and to enhance stress resistance. In the germline, cell-autonomous DAF-16 activity prevents stem cell proliferation, thus acting tumor-suppressive. In contrast, hypodermal DAF-16 causes a tumorous germline phenotype characterized by hyperproliferation of the germline stem cells and rupture of the adjacent basement membrane. Here we show that cross-talk between DAF-16 and the transforming growth factor ß (TGFß)/bone morphogenic protein (BMP) signaling pathway causes germline hyperplasia and results in disruption of the basement membrane...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546919/cell-viability-and-extracellular-matrix-synthesis-in-a-co-culture-system-of-corneal-stromal-cells-and-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#3
Ting Shen, Jiang Shen, Qing-Qing Zheng, Qiu-Shi Li, Hai-Lan Zhao, Lei Cui, Chao-Yang Hong
AIM: To investigate the impact of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) on cell viability and extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis of corneal stromal cells (CSCs). METHODS: ADSCs and CSCs were obtained from the corneas of New Zealand white rabbits and indirectly co-cultured in vitro. The proliferative capacity of CSCs in the different groups was assessed by CCK-8 assays. Annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)/proliferation indices (PI) assays were used to detect the apoptosis of CSCs...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544005/hiv-1-p55-gag-protein-induces-senescence-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-reduces-their-capacity-to-support-expansion-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-in-vitro
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Ya-Hong Yuan, Shan-Shan Zhao, Xiao-Li Wang, Zhi-Ping Teng, Dong-Sheng Li, Yi Zeng
Patients with human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection often present with hematopoietic failure. As the important hematopoietic support cells in the bone marrow (BM), the bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) can be impacted by HIV proteins that are released by infected cells within BM. In this study, we tested whether HIV protein p55-gag could induce senescence of BMSCs and reduce their capacity to support expansion of hematopoietic stem cells in vitro. BMSCs were chronically treated with p55-gag (BMSCgag ) for up to 20 days, and their proliferative activity and senescence makers were compared to nontreated cells (BMSCcon )...
May 25, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539277/-efficacy-of-gamma-irradiated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-for-treatment-of-thin-endometrium-in-rats
#5
Ming-Xia Ye, Ling Yu, Shu-Fang Wang, Wen-Sheng Fan, Yuan-Guang Meng
OBJECTIVE: Transplantation of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) is associated with potential risks of late complications including tumorigenesis due to the active proliferation of the cells. We aimed to test the effect of transplantation of ADSCs with suppressed proliferation by gamma irradiation in the treatment of thin endometrium in rats. METHODS: ADSCs were isolated from female SD rats and identified by detecting the surface antigens with flow cytometry. After exposure to gamma irradiation at 0, 5 Gy and 10 Gy, the cells were examined for changes in colony-forming ability...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538171/proliferation-drives-aging-related-functional-decline-in-a-subpopulation-of-the-hematopoietic-stem-cell-compartment
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Kristina Kirschner, Tamir Chandra, Vladimir Kiselev, David Flores-Santa Cruz, Iain C Macaulay, Hyun Jun Park, Juan Li, David G Kent, Rupa Kumar, Dean C Pask, Tina L Hamilton, Martin Hemberg, Wolf Reik, Anthony R Green
Aging of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment is characterized by lineage bias and reduced stem cell function, the molecular basis of which is largely unknown. Using single-cell transcriptomics, we identified a distinct subpopulation of old HSCs carrying a p53 signature indicative of stem cell decline alongside pro-proliferative JAK/STAT signaling. To investigate the relationship between JAK/STAT and p53 signaling, we challenged HSCs with a constitutively active form of JAK2 (V617F) and observed an expansion of the p53-positive subpopulation in old mice...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536422/secreted-frizzled-related-protein-4-sfrp4-chemo-sensitizes-cancer-stem-cells-derived-from-human-breast-prostate-and-ovary-tumor-cell-lines
#7
A Deshmukh, S Kumar, F Arfuso, P Newsholme, A Dharmarajan
This study investigated molecular signals essential to sustain cancer stem cells (CSCs) and assessed their activity in the presence of secreted frizzled-related protein 4 (sFRP4) alone or in combination with chemotherapeutic drugs. SFRP4 is a known Wnt antagonist, and is also pro-apoptotic and anti-angiogenic. Additionally, sFRP4 has been demonstrated to confer chemo-sensitization and improve chemotherapeutic efficacy. CSCs were isolated from breast, prostate, and ovary tumor cell lines, and characterized using tumor-specific markers such as CD44(+)/CD24(-)/CD133(+)...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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/28531912/from-bench-to-market-preparing-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-various-applications
#9
REVIEW
Sung-Hwan Moon, Daekyeong Bae, Taek-Hee Jung, Eun-Bin Chung, Young-Hoon Jeong, Soon-Jung Park, Hyung-Min Chung
Human cardiomyocytes (CMs) cease to proliferate and remain terminally differentiated thereafter, when humans reach the mid-20s. Thus, any damages sustained by myocardium tissue are irreversible, and they require medical interventions to regain functionality. To date, new surgical procedures and drugs have been developed, albeit with limited success, to treat various heart diseases including myocardial infarction. Hence, there is a pressing need to develop more effective treatment methods to address the increasing mortality rate of the heart diseases...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530472/telomerase-expression-in-medaka-oryzias-melastigma-pharyngeal-teeth
#10
W H Tan, P E Witten, C Winkler, D W T Au, A Huysseune
Nonmammalian vertebrates have the capacity of lifelong tooth replacement. In all vertebrates, tooth formation requires contact and interaction between the oral or pharyngeal epithelium and the underlying mesenchyme. To secure lifelong replacement, the presence of odontogenic stem cells has been postulated, particularly in the epithelial compartment. This study uses an advanced teleost fish species, the marine medaka Oryzias melastigma, a close relative to Oryzias latipes, to examine the expression and distribution of telomerase reverse transcriptase (Tert), the catalytic unit of telomerase, in developing pharyngeal teeth and to relate these data to the proliferative activity of the cells...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530241/notch-mediated-conversion-of-activated-t-cells-into-stem-cell-memory-like-t-cells-for-adoptive-immunotherapy
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Taisuke Kondo, Rimpei Morita, Yuumi Okuzono, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Takashi Sekiya, Shunsuke Chikuma, Takashi Shichita, Mitsuhiro Kanamori, Masato Kubo, Keiko Koga, Takahiro Miyazaki, Yoshiaki Kassai, Akihiko Yoshimura
Adoptive T-cell immunotherapy is a promising approach to cancer therapy. Stem cell memory T (TSCM) cells have been proposed as a class of long-lived and highly proliferative memory T cells. CD8(+) TSCM cells can be generated in vitro from naive CD8(+) T cells via Wnt signalling; however, methods do not yet exist for inducing TSCM cells from activated or memory T cells. Here, we show a strategy for generating TSCM-like cells in vitro (iTSCM cells) from activated CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in mice and humans by coculturing with stromal cells that express a Notch ligand...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524929/xeno-free-cultivation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-the-corneal-stroma
#12
Steffi Matthyssen, Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill, Veerle Van Gerwen, Nadia Zakaria
Purpose: The human cornea has recently been described as a source of corneal stroma-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). In vitro expansion of these cells involves basal medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum (FBS). As animal-derived serum can confer a risk of disease transmission and can be subject to considerable lot-to-lot variability, it does not comply with newer Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-required animal component-free culture protocols for clinical translation. Methods: This study investigated animal-free alternatives to FBS for cultivation of human corneal stromal MSCs...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515962/analyses-of-publicly-available-genomics-resources-define-fgf-2-expressing-bladder-carcinomas-as-emt-prone-proliferative-tumors-with-low-mutation-rates-and-high-expression-of-ctla-4-pd-1-and-pd-l1
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Elizabeth A McNiel, Philip N Tsichlis
FGF-2 is overexpressed in a subset of invasive bladder carcinomas and its overexpression correlates with poor prognosis. Analyses of publicly available databases addressing the molecular mechanisms that may be responsible for the poor prognosis of these tumors, revealed that FGF-2 expression correlates positively with the expression of EMT-promoting transcription factors and with changes in gene expression that are characteristic of EMT. The same analyses also revealed that FGF-2 correlates negatively with the expression, mutation and copy number variations of FGFR-3, all of which are associated with non-invasive bladder carcinomas...
2017: Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515001/in-vitro-extracellular-matrix-accumulation-of-nasal-and-articular-chondrocytes-for-intervertebral-disc-repair
#14
S Vedicherla, C T Buckley
Chondrocyte based regenerative therapies for intervertebral disc repair such as Autologous Disc Cell Transplantation (ADCT, CODON) and allogeneic juvenile chondrocyte implantation (NuQu(®), ISTO Technologies) have demonstrated good outcomes in clinical trials. However concerns remain with the supply demand reconciliation and issues surrounding immunoreactivity which exist for allogeneic-type technologies. The use of stem cells is challenging due to high growth factor requirements, regulatory barriers and differentiation towards a stable phenotype...
May 8, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514935/mesenchymal-stem-cell-based-cartilage-regeneration-approach-and-cell-senescence-can-we-manipulate-cell-aging-and-function
#15
Marta Anna Szychlinska, Martin James Stoddart, Ugo D'Amora, Luigi Ambrosio, Mauro Alini, Giuseppe Musumeci
Aging is the most prominent risk factor triggering several degenerative diseases, such as Osteoarthritis (OA). Due to its poor self-healing capacity, once injured cartilage needs to be re-established. This process mighmight be approached bythrough resorting to cell-based therapies and/or tissue engineering. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) represent a promising approach due to their chondrogenic differentiation potential. Presently, in vitro chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs is limited by two main reasons: Aging aging of MSCs, which determines the loss of cell proliferative and differentiationed capacity and MSC-derived chondrocyte hypertrophic differentiation, which limits the use of these cells in cartilage tissue regeneration approach...
May 17, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513105/hair-follicle-specific-acvr1-alk2-critically-affects-skin-morphogenesis-and-attenuates-wound-healing
#16
Michael Sorkin, Shailesh Agarwal, Kavitha Ranganathan, Shawn Loder, David Cholok, David Fireman, John Li, Shuli Li, Bin Zhao, Yuji Mishina, Paul Cederna, Benjamin Levi
The bone morphogenic protein signaling (BMP) is intricately involved in the quiescence and regulation of stem cells through activation of BMP receptors. Hair follicle stem cells play a critical role in cutaneous homeostasis and regeneration. Here, we utilize a novel mouse model with targeted overexpression of the BMP receptor ALK2/ACVR1 in hair follicle stem cells, to characterize its role in skin development and postnatal wound healing. Initial histologic evaluation demonstrated significant dysregulation in hair follicle morphogenesis in mutant mice...
May 17, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513058/pro-myogenic-and-low-oxygen-culture-increases-expression-of-contractile-smooth-muscle-markers-in-human-fibroblasts
#17
Matija Veber, David Dolivo, Marsha Rolle, Tanja Dominko
Smooth muscle cells are essential for tissue engineering strategies to fabricate organs such as blood vessels, esophagus, and bladder, and to create disease models of these systems. In order for such therapies and models to be feasible, smooth muscle cells must be sourced effectively to enable production of large numbers of functional cells. In vitro, smooth muscle cells divide slowly and demonstrate short proliferative lifespans compared to other types of cells including stem cells and fibroblasts, limiting the number of cells that can be derived from expansion in culture of a primary isolation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511675/comparing-adult-renal-stem-cell-identification-characterization-and-applications
#18
REVIEW
Jennifer Huling, James J Yoo
Despite growing interest and effort, a consensus has yet to be reached in regards to the identification of adult renal stem cells. Organ complexity and low turnover of renal cells has made stem cell identification difficult and lead to the investigation of multiple possible populations. In this review, we summarize the work that has been done toward finding and characterizing an adult renal stem cell population. In addition to giving a general overview of what has been done, we aim to highlight the variation in methods and outcomes...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510488/distinct-effects-of-growth-hormone-and-glutamine-on-activation-of-intestinal-stem-cells
#19
Yun Chen, Sheng-Hong Tseng, Chao-Ling Yao, Chuan Li, Ya-Hui Tsai
BACKGROUND: For patients with short bowel syndrome under parenteral nutrition support, growth hormone (GH) and glutamine (GLN) have been found to help the growth of intestinal mucosa. In this research, we studied the effects of GH and GLN on intestinal stem cells (ISCs). METHODS: The in vitro and in vivo effects of GH and/or GLN on ISCs were evaluated by observing the ability of ISCs to form organoids in a Matrigel culture system. The expression levels of stemness and differentiation markers in ISCs and organoids were assessed using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, immunofluorescence assay, and immunohistochemistry staining...
May 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506993/mapk-pathway-activation-in-the-embryonic-pituitary-results-in-stem-cell-compartment-expansion-differentiation-defects-and-provides-insights-into-the-pathogenesis-of-papillary-craniopharyngioma
#20
S Haston, S Pozzi, G Carreno, S Manshaei, L Panousopoulos, J M Gonzalez-Meljem, J R Apps, A Virasami, S Thavaraj, A Gutteridge, T Forshew, R Marais, S Brandner, T S Jacques, C L Andoniadou, J P Martinez-Barbera
Despite the importance of the RAS-RAF-MAPK pathway in normal physiology and disease of numerous organs, its role during pituitary development and tumourigenesis remains largely unknown. Here we show that the over-activation of the MAPK pathway, through conditional expression of the gain-of-function alleles BrafV600E and KrasG12D in the developing mouse pituitary, results in severe hyperplasia and abnormal morphogenesis of the gland by the end of gestation. Cell-lineage commitment and terminal differentiation are disrupted, leading to a significant reduction in numbers of most of the hormone-producing cells before birth, with the exception of corticotrophs...
May 15, 2017: Development
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