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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810880/nlrp7-contributes-to-in-vitro-decidualization-of-endometrial-stromal-cells
#1
Jyun-Yuan Huang, Pei-Hsiu Yu, Yueh-Chun Li, Pao-Lin Kuo
BACKGROUND: Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NACHT), leucine rich repeat (LRR) and pyrin domain (PYD) 7 containing protein, NLRP7, is a member of the NLR family which serves as innate immune sensors. Mutations and genetic variants of NLRP7 have been found in women with infertility associated conditions, such as recurrent hydatidiform mole, recurrent miscarriage, and preeclampsia. Decidualization of endometrial stromal cells is a hallmark of tissue remodeling to support embryo implantation and proper placental development...
August 15, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803914/targeted-disruption-of-tcf12-reveals-heb-as-essential-in-human-mesodermal-specification-and-hematopoiesis
#2
Yang Li, Patrick M Brauer, Jastaranpreet Singh, Sintia Xhiku, Kogulan Yoganathan, Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Michele K Anderson
Hematopoietic stem cells arise from mesoderm-derived hemogenic endothelium (HE) during embryogenesis in a process termed endothelial-hematopoietic transition (EHT). To better understand the gene networks that control this process, we investigated the role of the transcription factor HEB (TCF12) by disrupting the TCF12 gene locus in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and inducing them to differentiate toward hematopoietic outcomes. HEB-deficient hESCs retained key features of pluripotency, including expression of SOX2 and SSEA-4 and teratoma formation, while NANOG expression was reduced...
August 2, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800962/contacting-co-culture-of-human-retinal-microvascular-endothelial-cells-alters-barrier-function-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
#3
H Skottman, J Muranen, H Lähdekorpi, E Pajula, K Mäkelä, L Koivusalo, A Koistinen, H Uusitalo, K Kaarniranta, K Juuti-Uusitalo
Here we evaluated the effects of human retinal microvascular endothelial cells (hREC) on mature human embryonic stem cell (hESC) derived retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. The hESC-RPE cells (Regea08/017, Regea08/023 or Regea11/013) and hREC (ACBRI 181) were co-cultured on opposite sides of transparent membranes for up to six weeks. Thereafter barrier function, small molecule permeability, localization of RPE and endothelial cell marker proteins, cellular fine structure, and growth factor secretion of were evaluated...
August 8, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795648/human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-self-arrange-with-areas-of-different-subtypes-during-differentiation
#4
Maj Linea Vestergaard, Søren J Grubb, Karen Koefod Rasmussen, Zoe Anderson-Jenkins, Kristina Grunnet-Lauridsen, Kristine Calloe, Christian Clausen, Søren T Christensen, Kjeld Møllgård, Claus Yding Andersen
The derivation of functional cardiomyocytes (CMs) from human embryonic stem cells (hESC) represents a unique way of studying human cardiogenesis, including the development of CM subtypes. In this study, we investigated the development and organization of CMs derived from hESCs (hESC-CMs) and examined how the expression of CM subtypes correspond to human in vivo cardiogenesis. Beating clusters were used to determine cardiac differentiation, which was evaluated by the expression of cardiac genes GATA4 and TNNT2 and subcellular localization of GATA4 and NKX2...
August 10, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793267/epigenomic-landscapes-of-hesc-derived-neural-rosettes-modeling-neural-tube-formation-and-diseases
#5
Cristina Valensisi, Colin Andrus, Sam Buckberry, Naresh Doni Jayavelu, Riikka J Lund, Ryan Lister, R David Hawkins
We currently lack a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms underlying neural tube formation and their contributions to neural tube defects (NTDs). Developing a model to study such a complex morphogenetic process, especially one that models human-specific aspects, is critical. Three-dimensional, human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived neural rosettes (NRs) provide a powerful resource for in vitro modeling of human neural tube formation. Epigenomic maps reveal enhancer elements unique to NRs relative to 2D systems...
August 8, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781951/ifitm1-suppresses-expression-of-human-endogenous-retroviruses-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#6
Yudong Fu, Zhongcheng Zhou, Hua Wang, Peng Gong, Renpeng Guo, Jinmiao Wang, Xinyi Lu, Feng Qi, Lin Liu
Interferon-induced transmembrane protein 1 (IFITM1), a member of the IFITM protein family, is a component of a multimeric complex involved in the transduction of antiproliferation and cell adhesion signals. IFITM1 is thought to play a role in antiproliferation and immune surveillance, and has been shown to restrict infection by numerous viruses. It is highly expressed in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) but its role in hESCs remains to be elucidated. In this study, knockout of IFITM1 mediated by CRISPR/Cas9 in hESCs did not affect self-renewal, pluripotency, telomerase activity or telomeres...
August 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765174/role-of-telomeric-repeat-containing-rna-in-telomeric-chromatin-remodeling-during-the-early-expansion-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#7
Sicong Zeng, Lvjun Liu, Yi Sun, Guangxiu Lu, Ge Lin
This study aimed to explore the role of telomeric repeat-containing RNA (TERRA) in telomeric chromatin remodeling during the early expansion of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). During the derivation of hESCs, histone demethylation in the telomeric region facilitates telomerase-mediated telomere elongation. An adequate telomere repeat is essential for hESCs to acquire and/or maintain the unlimited symmetric division, which suggests that there is a link between pluripotency and telomere maintenance. The present study found that the gradual decrease in TERRA levels and related TERRA foci were correlated with telomeric length elongation in the early expansion of hESCs...
August 1, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762648/directed-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-neural-crest-stem-cells-functional-peripheral-neurons-and-corneal-keratocytes
#8
Qian Zhu, Mingming Li, Chuan Yan, Qiqi Lu, Shunhui Wei, Rong Gao, Mengfei Yu, Yu Zou, Gopu Sriram, Huei Jinn Tong, Walter Hunziker, Chaminda Jayampath Seneviratne, Zhiyuan Gong, Bjorn R Olsen, Tong Cao
Neural crest stem cells (NCSCs) are a transient and multipotent cell population giving rise to various cell types with clinical importance. Isolation of human NCSCs is extremely challenging that limits our knowledge about neural crest development and application. Here, we present a defined protocol to efficiently direct human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to NCSCs and multiple neural crest lineages. A unique combination of small molecule inhibitors and growth factors was employed to generate NCSCs from hESCs through a neuroectoderm stage...
August 1, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760810/morphogen-and-community-effects-determine-cell-fates-in-response-to-bmp4-signaling-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#9
Anastasiia Nemashkalo, Albert Ruzo, Idse Heemskerk, Aryeh Warmflash
Paracrine signals maintain developmental states and create cell-fate patterns in vivo, and influence differentiation outcomes in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in vitro. Systematic investigation of morphogen signaling is hampered by the difficulty of disentangling endogenous signaling from experimentally applied ligands. Here, we grow hESCs in micropatterned colonies of 1-8 cells ("μColonies") to quantitatively investigate paracrine signaling and the response to external stimuli. We examine BMP4-mediated differentiation in μColonies and standard culture conditions and find that in μColonies, above a threshold concentration, BMP4 gives rise to only a single cell fate, contrary to its role as a morphogen in other developmental systems...
July 31, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745789/culture-conditions-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-for-differentiation-into-retinal-vascular-structure
#10
Y-Z Pan, H Wang, F Gao
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify the suitable cell culture conditions for the in vitro-induced differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) into retinal vascular tissue cell types. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To do this, we established four treatment groups. Group A was designed to culture hESCs in a three-dimensional system. The feeder cells and leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) were removed in Group B. In group C, hESCs were cultured with a variety of pro-angiogenic growth factors...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745336/human-embryonic-stem-cells-and-good-manufacturing-practice-report-of-a-1-day-workshop-held-at-stem-cell-biology-research-center-yazd-27-th-april-2017
#11
Fatemeh Akyash, Fatemeh Sadeghian-Nodoushan, Somayyeh Sadat Tahajjodi, Habib Nikukar, Ehsan Farashahi Yazd, Mostafa Azimzadeh, Harry D Moore, Behrouz Aflatoonian
This report explains briefly the minutes of a 1-day workshop entitled; "human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and good manufacturing practice (GMP)" held by Stem Cell Biology Research Center based in Yazd Reproductive Sciences Institute at Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran on 27(th) April 2017. In this workshop, in addition to the practical sessions, Prof. Harry D. Moore from Centre for Stem Cell Biology, University of Sheffield, UK presented the challenges and the importance of the biotechnology of clinical-grade human embryonic stem cells from first derivation to robust defined culture for therapeutic applications...
May 2017: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743804/paracrine-effects-of-the-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiac-myocytes-salvage-the-injured-myocardium
#12
Atsushi Tachibana, Michelle R Santoso, Morteza Mahmoudi, Praveen Shukla, Lei Wang, Mihoko Bennett, Andrew B Goldstone, Mouer Wang, Masahiro Fukushi, Antje Ebert, Y Joseph Woo, Eric Rulifson, Phillip C Yang
Rationale: Cardiac myocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells have demonstrated the potential to mitigate damage of the infarcted myocardium and improve left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, the mechanism underlying the functional benefit is unclear. Objective: To evaluate whether the transplantation of cardiac lineage differentiated derivatives enhance myocardial viability and restore LVEF more effectively than undifferentiated pluripotent stem cells after a myocardial injury (MI). Herein, we utilize novel multimodality evaluation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), hESC-derived cardiac myocytes (hCMs), human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and iPSC-derived cardiac myocytes (iCMs) in a murine MI model...
July 25, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739109/generation-of-glucose-sensitive-insulin-secreting-beta-like-cells-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-incorporating-a-synthetic-lineage-control-network
#13
Pratik Saxena, Daniel Bojar, Henryk Zulewski, Martin Fussenegger
We previously reported novel technology to differentiate induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSCs) into glucose-sensitive insulin-secreting beta-like cells by engineering a synthetic lineage-control network regulated by the licensed food additive vanillic acid. This genetic network was able to program intricate expression dynamics of the key transcription factors Ngn3 (neurogenin 3, OFF-ON-OFF), Pdx1 (pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1, ON-OFF-ON) and MafA (V-maf musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene homologue A, OFF-ON) to guide the differentiation of IPSC-derived pancreatic progenitor cells to beta-like cells...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730556/stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelium-the-role-of-pigmentation-as-maturation-marker-and-gene-expression-profile-comparison-with-human-endogenous-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#14
A Bennis, J G Jacobs, L A E Catsburg, J B Ten Brink, C Koster, R O Schlingemann, J van Meurs, T G M F Gorgels, P D Moerland, V M Heine, A A Bergen
In age-related macular degeneration (AMD) the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) deteriorates, leading to photoreceptor decay and severe vision loss. New therapeutic strategies aim at RPE replacement by transplantation of pluripotent stem cell (PSC)-derived RPE. Several protocols to generate RPE have been developed where appearance of pigmentation is commonly used as indicator of RPE differentiation and maturation. It is, however, unclear how different pigmentation stages reflect developmental stages and functionality of PSC-derived RPE cells...
July 21, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729539/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-and-primary-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#15
Heidi Hongisto, Antti Jylhä, Janika Nättinen, Jochen Rieck, Tanja Ilmarinen, Zoltán Veréb, Ulla Aapola, Roger Beuerman, Goran Petrovski, Hannu Uusitalo, Heli Skottman
Human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells (hESC-RPE) provide an unlimited cell source for retinal cell replacement therapies. Clinical trials using hESC-RPE to treat diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are currently underway. Human ESC-RPE cells have been thoroughly characterized at the gene level but their protein expression profile has not been studied at larger scale. In this study, proteomic analysis was used to compare hESC-RPE cells differentiated from two independent hESC lines, to primary human RPE (hRPE) using Isobaric tags for relative quantitation (iTRAQ)...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725655/cell-replacement-therapy-is-the-remedial-solution-for-treating-parkinson-s-disease
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Venkatesan Dhivya, Vellingiri Balachandar
The selective degeneration of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in Parkinson's disease (PD) has made an idol target for cell replacement therapies and other emerging surgical treatments. Certainly, by transplantation method, the therapeutic regimens such as human fetal ventral midbrain (hfVM) cells, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), human neural stem/precursor/ progenitor cells (hNSCs/hNPCs), human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), human induced neural stem cells (hiNSCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have been used into DA deficient striatum...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713161/functional-expression-of-the-ca-2-signaling-machinery-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#17
Ji-Jun Huang, Yi-Jie Wang, Min Zhang, Peng Zhang, He Liang, Hua-Jun Bai, Xiu-Jian Yu, Huang-Tian Yang
Emerging evidence suggests that Ca(2+) signals are important for the self-renewal and differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). However, little is known about the physiological and pharmacological properties of the Ca(2+)-handling machinery in hESCs. In this study we used RT-PCR and Western blotting to analyze the expression profiles of genes encoding Ca(2+)-handling proteins; we also used confocal Ca(2+) imaging and pharmacological approaches to determine the contribution of the Ca(2+)-handling machinery to the regulation of Ca(2+) signaling in hESCs...
July 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711494/development-of-membrane-ion-channels-during-neural-differentiation-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#18
Sara Mirsadeghi, Ebrahim Shahbazi, Katayoun Hemmesi, Shiva Nemati, Hossein Baharvand, Javad Mirnajafi-Zadeh, Sahar Kiani
OBJECTIVE: For human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to differentiate into neurons, enormous changes has to occur leading to trigger action potential and neurotransmitter release. We attempt to determine the changes in expression of voltage gated channels (VGCs) and their electrophysiological properties during neural differentiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The relative expressions of α-subunit of voltage gated potassium, sodium and calcium channels were characterized by qRT-PCR technique...
July 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706279/elimination-of-undifferentiated-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-cardiac-glycosides
#19
Yu-Tsen Lin, Cheng-Kai Wang, Shang-Chih Yang, Shu-Ching Hsu, Hsuan Lin, Fang-Pei Chang, Tzu-Chien Kuo, Chia-Ning Shen, Po-Ming Chiang, Michael Hsiao, Frank Leigh Lu, Jean Lu
An important safety concern in the use of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) is tumorigenic risk, because these cells can form teratomas after an in vivo injection at ectopic sites. Several thousands of undifferentiated hPSCs are sufficient to induce teratomas in a mouse model. Thus, it is critical to remove all residue-undifferentiated hPSCs that have teratoma potential before the clinical application of hPSC-derived cells. In this study, our data demonstrated the cytotoxic effects of cardiac glycosides, such as digoxin, lanatoside C, bufalin, and proscillaridin A, in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs)...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706272/modeling-atrial-fibrillation-using-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-atrial-tissue
#20
Zachary Laksman, Marianne Wauchop, Eric Lin, Stephanie Protze, Jeehoon Lee, Wallace Yang, Farzad Izaddoustdar, Sanam Shafaattalab, Lior Gepstein, Glen F Tibbits, Gordon Keller, Peter H Backx
Since current experimental models of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) have significant limitations, we used human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to generate an atrial-specific tissue model of AF for pharmacologic testing. We generated atrial-like cardiomyocytes (CMs) from hESCs which preferentially expressed atrial-specific genes, and had shorter action potential (AP) durations compared to ventricular-like CMs. We then generated confluent atrial-like CM sheets and interrogated them using optical mapping techniques. Atrial-like CM sheets (~1 cm in diameter) showed uniform AP propagation, and rapid re-entrant rotor patterns, as seen in AF could be induced...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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