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Celine L Bauwens, Derek Toms, Mark Ungrin
Cardiac differentiation of human pluripotent stems cells (hPSCs) is typically carried out in suspension cell aggregates. Conventional aggregate formation of hPSCs involves dissociating cell colonies into smaller clumps, with size control of the clumps crudely controlled by pipetting the cell suspension until the desired clump size is achieved. One of the main challenges of conventional aggregate-based cardiac differentiation of hPSCs is that culture heterogeneity and spatial disorganization lead to variable and inefficient cardiomyocyte yield...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Geeta Shroff
BACKGROUND: The expanded disability status scale (EDSS) is a validated and reliable tool to assess the extent of disabilities in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the use of this tool has been found to be limited in assessing various symptoms of MS that are important. Our study aimed at evaluating the efficacy of a new scoring system, reverse nutech functional score (RNFS) as compared to EDSS in assessing patients with MS treated with human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy...
December 2016: Clinical and Translational Medicine
Geeta Shroff, Dipin Thakur, Varun Dhingra, Deepak Singh Baroli, Deepanshu Khatri, Rahul Dev Gautam
BACKGROUND: The major complication faced by patients with chronic static spinal cord injury (SCI) is the loss of mobilization. With the aim to rehabilitate SCI patients, physiotherapy is performed worldwide. However, it only helps the patients to live with their disabilities. An interdisciplinary management involving human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy along with physiotherapy as a supportive therapy offers regenerative treatment of the patients with SCI. MAIN BODY: The present study focuses on the role of physiotherapy in the mobilization of patients with SCI (paraplegic 136; tetraplegics 90) undergoing hESC therapy...
December 2016: Clinical and Translational Medicine
Qingxi Zhang, Wanling Chen, Sheng Tan, Tongxiang Lin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most frequent neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, which is characterized by low level of dopamine expressing in the striatum and deteriorated dopaminergic neurons (DAn) in Substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). Generation of PD-derived DAn including differentiation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC), human neural stem cell (hNSC), human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) and directly reprogramming provide an ideal tool to model PD, which created the possibilities of mimicking key essential pathological processes charactering single cell changes in vitro...
October 20, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
Jyoti Rao, Boris Greber
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) present a fascinating and powerful system for generating specialized cell types of the human body. Culture and directed differentiation of these cells however requires an understanding of the pluripotent ground state and of how cell lineage decisions in this system are made. In this review, we highlight both these aspects in light of recent findings and technical progress. Hence, advances in culturing the human preimplantation embryo beyond the implantation barrier and in analyzing it at the single-cell level shed new light on the hESC tissue of origin...
October 19, 2016: Stem Cells
Yu Zou, Huei Jinn Tong, Mingming Li, Kai Soo Tan, Tong Cao
The ability of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to proliferate indefinitely is attributed to its high telomerase activity and associated long telomere. However, factors regulating telomere length in hESCs remain largely uncharacterized. The aims of this study were, to identify factors which modulate telomere length of hESCs, and to determine if the telomere length of hESCs influences cellular senescence of its differentiated progeny cells. Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene expression, telomerase activity and telomere length of hESCs cultured in different culture systems were compared...
October 18, 2016: Biogerontology
Elizabeth S Ng, Lisa Azzola, Freya F Bruveris, Vincenzo Calvanese, Belinda Phipson, Katerina Vlahos, Claire Hirst, Vanta J Jokubaitis, Qing C Yu, Jovana Maksimovic, Simone Liebscher, Vania Januar, Zhen Zhang, Brenda Williams, Aude Conscience, Jennifer Durnall, Steven Jackson, Magdaline Costa, David Elliott, David N Haylock, Susan K Nilsson, Richard Saffery, Katja Schenke-Layland, Alicia Oshlack, Hanna K A Mikkola, Edouard G Stanley, Andrew G Elefanty
The ability to generate hematopoietic stem cells from human pluripotent cells would enable many biomedical applications. We find that hematopoietic CD34(+) cells in spin embryoid bodies derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) lack HOXA expression compared with repopulation-competent human cord blood CD34(+) cells, indicating incorrect mesoderm patterning. Using reporter hESC lines to track the endothelial (SOX17) to hematopoietic (RUNX1C) transition that occurs in development, we show that simultaneous modulation of WNT and ACTIVIN signaling yields CD34(+) hematopoietic cells with HOXA expression that more closely resembles that of cord blood...
October 17, 2016: Nature Biotechnology
Ke Huang, Jiao Gao, Juan Du, Ning Ma, Yanling Zhu, Pengfei Wu, Tian Zhang, Wenqian Wang, Yuhang Li, Qianyu Chen, Andrew Paul Hutchins, Zhongzhou Yang, Yi Zheng, Jian Zhang, Yongli Shan, Xuejia Li, Baojian Liao, Jiajun Liu, Jinyong Wang, Bing Liu, Guangjin Pan
The transition from hemogenic endothelial cells (HECs) to hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HS/PCs), or endothelial to hematopoietic transition (EHT), is a critical step during hematopoiesis. However, little is known about the molecular determinants of HECs due to the challenge in defining HECs. We report here the generation of GATA2(w/eGFP) reporter in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to mark cells expressing GATA2, a critical gene for EHT. We show that during differentiation, functional HECs are almost exclusively GATA2/eGFP(+)...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Fred Etoc, Jakob Metzger, Albert Ruzo, Christoph Kirst, Anna Yoney, M Zeeshan Ozair, Ali H Brivanlou, Eric D Siggia
The earliest aspects of human embryogenesis remain mysterious. To model patterning events in the human embryo, we used colonies of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) grown on micropatterned substrate and differentiated with BMP4. These gastruloids recapitulate the embryonic arrangement of the mammalian germ layers and provide an assay to assess the structural and signaling mechanisms patterning the human gastrula. Structurally, high-density hESCs localize their receptors to transforming growth factor β at their lateral side in the center of the colony while maintaining apical localization of receptors at the edge...
October 13, 2016: Developmental Cell
Natalie Weber, Kristin Schwanke, Stephan Greten, Meike Wendland, Bogdan Iorga, Martin Fischer, Cornelia Geers-Knörr, Jan Hegermann, Christoph Wrede, Jan Fiedler, Henning Kempf, Annika Franke, Birgit Piep, Angelika Pfanne, Thomas Thum, Ulrich Martin, Bernhard Brenner, Robert Zweigerdt, Theresia Kraft
Human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes hold great potential for in vitro modeling of diseases like cardiomyopathies. Yet, knowledge about expression and functional impact of sarcomeric protein isoforms like the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) in hPSC-cardiomyocytes is scarce. We hypothesized that ventricular β-MyHC expression alters contraction and calcium kinetics and drives morphological and electrophysiological differentiation towards ventricular-like cardiomyocytes. To address this, we (1) generated human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs) that switched towards exclusive β-MyHC, and (2) functionally and morphologically characterized these hESC-CMs at the single-cell level...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
Naoko Irie, M Azim Surani
We recently reported a robust and defined culture system for the specification of human primordial germ cell-like cells (hPGCLCs) from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), both embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in vitro (Irie et al. Cell 160: 253-268, 2015). Similar attempts previously produced hPGCLCs from hPSCs at a very low efficiency, and the resulting cells were not fully characterized. A key step, which facilitated efficient hPGCLC specification from hPSCs, was the induction of a "competent" state for PGC fate via the medium containing a cocktail of four inhibitors...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Deivid C Rodrigues, Dae-Sung Kim, Guang Yang, Kirill Zaslavsky, Kevin C H Ha, Rebecca S F Mok, P Joel Ross, Melody Zhao, Alina Piekna, Wei Wei, Benjamin J Blencowe, Quaid Morris, James Ellis
A progressive increase in MECP2 protein levels is a crucial and precisely regulated event during neurodevelopment, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. We report that MECP2 is regulated post-transcriptionally during in vitro differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) into cortical neurons. Using reporters to identify functional RNA sequences in the MECP2 3' UTR and genetic manipulations to explore the role of interacting factors on endogenous MECP2, we discover combinatorial mechanisms that regulate RNA stability and translation...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Youngjin Kim, Hyeongseok Kim, Ung Hyun Ko, Youjin Oh, Ajin Lim, Jong-Woo Sohn, Jennifer H Shin, Hail Kim, Yong-Mahn Han
Insulin secretion is elaborately modulated in pancreatic ß cells within islets of three-dimensional (3D) structures. Using human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to develop islet-like structures with insulin-producing ß cells for the treatment of diabetes is challenging. Here, we report that pancreatic islet-like clusters derived from hESCs are functionally capable of glucose-responsive insulin secretion as well as therapeutic effects. Pancreatic hormone-expressing endocrine cells (ECs) were differentiated from hESCs using a step-wise protocol...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ying Li, Zhen-Long Kang, Na Qiao, Lian-Mei Hu, Yong-Jiang Ma, Xiao-Huan Liang, Ji-Long Liu, Zeng-Ming Yang
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of copper ions on decidualization of human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs) cultured in vitro. Firstly, non-toxic concentrations of copper D-gluconate were screened in HESCs based on cell activity. Then, the effects of non-toxic concentrations of copper ions (0~250 μM) were examined on decidualization of human endometrial stromal cells. Our data demonstrated that the mRNA expressions of insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP-1), prolactin (PRL), Mn-SOD, and FOXO1were down-regulated during decidualization following the treatments with 100 or 250 μM copper ions...
October 10, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Ilaria Piccini, Marcos Araúzo-Bravo, Guiscard Seebohm, Boris Greber
Cardiac induction of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) is a process bearing increasing medical relevance, yet it is poorly understood from a developmental biology perspective. Anticipated technological progress in deriving stably expandable cardiac precursor cells or in advancing cardiac subtype specification protocols will likely require deeper insights into this fascinating system. Recent improvements in controlling hESC differentiation now enable a near-homogeneous induction of the cardiac lineage. This is based on an optimized initial stimulation of mesoderm-inducing signaling pathways such as Activin and/or FGF, BMP, and WNT, followed by WNT inhibition as a secondary requirement...
December 2016: Genomics Data
Jennifer J VanOudenhove, Ricardo Medina, Prachi N Ghule, Jane B Lian, Janet L Stein, Sayyed K Zaidi, Gary S Stein
The transition of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) from pluripotency to lineage commitment is not fully understood, and a role for phenotypic transcription factors in the initial stages of hESC differentiation remains to be explored. From a screen of candidate factors, we found that RUNX1 is selectively and transiently upregulated early in hESC differentiation to mesendodermal lineages. Transcriptome profiling and functional analyses upon RUNX1 depletion established a role for RUNX1 in promoting cell motility...
October 5, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Habiba Aurang Zeb, Ishaq Nasib Khan, Iqbal Munir, Wafaa Saadeldin Ramadan, Mian Afaq Ahmad, Deema Hussein, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Saleh Al Karim
Injuries to the spinal cord often have devastating physiological impacts due to the organ's vital role in neuro-impulse communications between muscles and the brain. Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) have recently been estimated to affect up to 80,000 individuals per year worldwide, with most occurring following a traumatic event. Unfortunately, effective treatments standardised globally for patients with SCIs have not yet been established. For many years, inadequate understanding of the complexities of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems and Neurogenesis has limited progression towards effective cures...
October 4, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Chi-Hao Wu, Hsin-Yuan Chen, Chia-Woei Wang, Tzong-Ming Shieh, Tsui-Chin Huang, Li-Chun Lin, Kai-Lee Wang, Shih-Min Hsia
Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer in women, typically with onset after menopause. Isoliquiritigenin (ISL), a licorice flavonoid, was previously shown to have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and tumor suppression effects. In this study, we investigated the anti-tumor effect of ISL on human endometrial cancer both in vitro and in vivo. We used telomerase-immortalized human endometrial stromal cells (T-HESCs) and human endometrial cancer cell lines (Ishikawa, HEC-1A, and RL95-2 cells) as targets. The effects of ISL on cell proliferation, cell cycle regulation, and apoptosis or autophagy-related protein expression were examined...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Kaveh Daneshvar, Joshua V Pondick, Byeong-Moo Kim, Chan Zhou, Samuel R York, Jillian A Macklin, Ameed Abualteen, Bo Tan, Alla A Sigova, Chelsea Marcho, Kimberly D Tremblay, Jesse Mager, Michael Y Choi, Alan C Mullen
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) exhibit diverse functions, including regulation of development. Here, we combine genome-wide mapping of SMAD3 occupancy with expression analysis to identify lncRNAs induced by activin signaling during endoderm differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). We find that DIGIT is divergent to Goosecoid (GSC) and expressed during endoderm differentiation. Deletion of the SMAD3-occupied enhancer proximal to DIGIT inhibits DIGIT and GSC expression and definitive endoderm differentiation...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
Deng Pan, Somdutta Roy, Philippe Gascard, Jianxin Zhao, Chira Chen-Tanyolac, Thea D Tlsty
Endogenous Plastic Somatic (ePS) cells isolated from adult human tissues exhibit extensive lineage plasticity in vitro and in vivo. Here we visualize these rare ePS cells in a latent state, i.e. lacking SOX2, OCT3/4 and NANOG (SON) expression, in non-diseased breast specimens through immunohistochemical analysis of previously identified ePS-specific biomarkers (CD73(+), EpCAM(+) and CD90(-)). We also report a novel mechanism by which these latent ePS cells acquire SON expression and plasticity in vitro. Four extracellular factors are necessary for the acquisition of SON expression and lineage plasticity in ePS cells: adenosine (which is produced by the 5' ecto-nucleotidase CD73 and activates in turn the PKA-dependent IL6/STAT3 pathway through the adenosine receptor ADORA2b), IL6, FGF2 and ACTIVIN A...
December 2016: Cellular Signalling
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