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Hitomi Aoki
Rest is a regulator of neuronal development and has been suggested to function in maintaining the pluripotent state of embryonic stem cells (ESCs); however, this remains controversial. Since Rest null mice show embryonic lethality, we herein generated conditional Rest knockout (CKO) models to investigate Rest functions in more detail. Our results revealed that Rest was not necessary for maintaining the pluripotency of ESCs and instead promoted primitive endoderm differentiation. In contrast to the repressive role of Rest in vitro, including ESCs, neural stem cells, and fibroblasts, on the expression of target neural genes, Rest CKO did not affect the in vivo development of brain tissue...
March 13, 2018: Medical Molecular Morphology
Misun Kim, Takako Shibata, Soohyun Kwon, Tae Jun Park, Hee Young Kang
Ultraviolet (UV)-associated hyperpigmented skins are characterized with increased vasculature underlying pigmentation, suggestive of the possible biological role of endothelial cells in the regulation of skin pigmentation during UV irradiation. In this study, we showed that UV-irradiated endothelial cells significantly increased the pigmentation of melanocytes through epithelial-mesenchymal crosstalk. The stimulatory effect of endothelial cells was further demonstrated using ex vivo human skin. RNA sequence analysis and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay showed that endothelial cells secrete more stem cell factor (SCF) upon UV irradiation than non-irradiated cells...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hyeongsun Moon, Andrew C White
The relationship between melanocyte stem cells (MCSCs) and melanoma has been unclear. We recently demonstrated that melanoma-prone MCSCs are able to initiate cutaneous melanoma following stem cell activation through ultraviolet-B (UVB) exposure or natural stem cell cycling. Conversely, MCSC quiescence is sufficient to suppress tumorigenesis. This provides new insight into the role of environmental factors in tumor initiation from adult stem cells.
2018: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
Qi Sun, Piul Rabbani, Makoto Takeo, Soung-Hoon Lee, Chae Ho Lim, En-Nekema Shandi Noel, M Mark Taketo, Peggy Myung, Sarah Millar, Mayumi Ito
Abnormal pigmentation is commonly seen in the wound scar. Despite advancements in the research of wound healing, little is known about the repopulation of melanocytes in the healed skin. Previous studies have demonstrated the capacity of melanocyte stem cells (McSCs) in the hair follicle to contribute skin epidermal melanocytes following injury in mice and humans. Here, we focused on the Wnt pathway, known to be a vital regulator of McSCs in efforts to better understand the regulation of follicle-derived epidermal melanocytes during wound healing...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Muhammed Razmi T, Ravinder Kumar, Seema Rani, Sendhil M Kumaran, Sushma Tanwar, Davinder Parsad
Importance: Epidermal cell suspension (ECS) and follicular cell suspension (FCS) are successful surgical modalities for the treatment of stable vitiligo. However, repigmentation in generalized and acrofacial vitiligo and over acral or bony sites (eg, elbows, knees, iliac crests, and malleoli), which are difficult to treat, is challenging. Objective: To study the efficacy of transplanting a combination of autologous, noncultured ECS and FCS (ECS + FCS) compared with ECS alone in stable vitiligo...
January 31, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
Kateřina Vlčková, Jiri Vachtenheim, Jiri Réda, Pavel Horák, Lubica Ondrušová
Melanoma arises from neural crest-derived melanocytes which reside mostly in the skin in an adult organism. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a tumorigenic programme through which cells acquire mesenchymal, more pro-oncogenic phenotype. The reversible phenotype switching is an event still not completely understood in melanoma. The EMT features and increased invasiveness are associated with lower levels of the pivotal lineage identity maintaining and melanoma-specific transcription factor MITF (microphthalmia-associated transcription factor), whereas increased proliferation is linked to higher MITF levels...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Takao Niwano, Shuko Terazawa, Hiroaki Nakajima, Genji Imokawa
We recently found that treatment of normal human melanocytes (NHMs) with the antioxidant astaxanthin (AX) suppresses the stem cell factor (SCF)-stimulated protein expression levels of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) at 1.5 h and of tyrosinase and endothelin B receptor at 96 h post-treatment. Analysis of the signaling cascade(s) involved revealed that although the major SCF-activated signaling cascade that leads to CREB activation (the c-KIT/Shc/Raf-1/ERK/RSK/CREB axis) is not interrupted, the increased phosphorylation of CREB is significantly abrogated by AX...
January 23, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
Alina Garbuzov, Matthew F Pech, Kazuteru Hasegawa, Meena Sukhwani, Ruixuan J Zhang, Kyle E Orwig, Steven E Artandi
Undifferentiated spermatogonia comprise a pool of stem cells and progenitor cells that show heterogeneous expression of markers, including the cell surface receptor GFRα1. Technical challenges in isolation of GFRα1+ versus GFRα1- undifferentiated spermatogonia have precluded the comparative molecular characterization of these subpopulations and their functional evaluation as stem cells. Here, we develop a method to purify these subpopulations by fluorescence-activated cell sorting and show that GFRα1+ and GFRα1- undifferentiated spermatogonia both demonstrate elevated transplantation activity, while differing principally in receptor tyrosine kinase signaling and cell cycle...
February 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Christopher A Natale, Jinyang Li, Junqian Zhang, Ankit Dahal, Tzvete Dentchev, Ben Z Stanger, Todd W Ridky
Female sex and history of prior pregnancies are associated with favorable melanoma outcomes. Here, we show that much of the melanoma protective effect likely results from estrogen signaling through the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) on melanocytes. Selective GPER activation in primary melanocytes and melanoma cells induced long-term changes that maintained a more differentiated cell state as defined by increased expression of well-established melanocyte differentiation antigens, increased pigment production, decreased proliferative capacity, and decreased expression of the oncodriver and stem cell marker c-Myc...
January 16, 2018: ELife
Karol B Tudrej, Edyta Czepielewska, Małgorzata Kozłowska-Wojciechowska
Melanoma is one of the most dangerous and lethal skin cancers, with a considerable metastatic potential and drug resistance. It involves a malignant transformation of melanocytes. The exact course of events in which melanocytes become melanoma cells remains unclear. Nevertheless, this process is said to be dependent on the occurrence of cells with the phenotype of progenitor cells - cells characterized by expression of proteins such as nestin, CD-133 or CD-271. The development of these cells and their survival were found to be potentially dependent on the neural crest stem cell transcription factor SOX10...
October 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Ugo Testa, Germana Castelli, Elvira Pelosi
Melanoma is an aggressive neoplasia issued from the malignant transformation of melanocytes, the pigment-generating cells of the skin. It is responsible for about 75% of deaths due to skin cancers. Melanoma is a phenotypically and molecularly heterogeneous disease: cutaneous, uveal, acral, and mucosal melanomas have different clinical courses, are associated with different mutational profiles, and possess distinct risk factors. The discovery of the molecular abnormalities underlying melanomas has led to the promising improvement of therapy, and further progress is expected in the near future...
November 20, 2017: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
Feng Liu-Smith, Jinjing Jia, Yan Zheng
There are three major types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). BCC and SCC are often referred to as non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). NMSCs are relatively non-lethal and curable by surgery, hence are not reportable in most cancer registries all over the world. Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer. Its incidence rate (case number) is about 1/10th of that for NMSC, yet its death toll is ~8 fold higher than NMSC.Melanomas arise from melanocytes which are normally located on the basement membrane with dendrites extending into the epidermal keratinocytes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Gabriel Gonzalez, Yuzuru Sasamoto, Bruce R Ksander, Markus H Frank, Natasha Y Frank
The cornea is our window to the world and our vision is critically dependent on corneal clarity and integrity. Its epithelium represents one of the most rapidly regenerating mammalian tissues, undergoing full-turnover over the course of approximately 1-2 weeks. This robust and efficient regenerative capacity is dependent on the function of stem cells residing in the limbus, a structure marking the border between the cornea and the conjunctiva. Limbal stem cells (LSC) represent a quiescent cell population with proliferative capacity residing in the basal epithelial layer of the limbus within a cellular niche...
November 3, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
Maria S Soengas, E Elizabeth Patton
It is unclear whether melanoma initiates from mature melanocytes or stem cell precursors. In this issue of Cell Stem Cell, Moon et al. (2017) and Köhler et al. (2017) use in vivo lineage tracing to demonstrate that these two possibilities may occur downstream of the same pro-tumorigenic lesions, depending on environmental factors or the anatomical location.
November 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
Niann-Tzyy Dai, Hsin-I Chang, Yi-Wen Wang, Keng-Yen Fu, Tai-Chun Huang, Nien-Chi Huang, Jhen-Kai Li, Pai-Shan Hsieh, Lien-Guo Dai, Chao-Kuei Hsu, Peter K Maitz
Significant skin pigmentation changes occur when patients suffer deep burn injuries. These pigmentation disorders may cause not only cosmetic and psychological issues, but more importantly it increases the risk of skin cancer or photoaging. Severe burns significantly effect on the process of repigmentation as the pigmentation is tightly regulated by cell proliferation and differentiation of melanocytes and melanocyte stem cells which are housing in the epidermis and hair follicles of the skin. In the present review, we discuss the possible mechanisms to replenish the melanocytes from the healthy epidermis and hair follicles surrounding burn wounds...
January 1, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Sandeep S Joshi, Bishal Tandukar, Maira Castaneda, Shunlin Jiang, Ganesh Diwakar, Ronna P Hertzano, Thomas J Hornyak
Melanocytes are neural crest-derived cells that are responsible for mammalian hair follicle (HF) pigmentation. The Dct-LacZ transgenic mouse is extensively used to study melanocyte biology but lacks conditionally-inducible labelling and fluorescent labelling, enabling specific, viable isolation of melanocytes using fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS). Here, we have generated a Tet-off bitransgenic mouse model, Dct-H2BGFP, containing Dct-tTA and TRE-H2BGFP transgenes. Characterization of Dct-H2BGFP mice confirmed a pattern of Dct-H2BGFP expression in melanoblasts, melanocyte stem cells (McSCs), and terminally differentiated melanocytes similar to the expression pattern of previously published mouse models Dct-LacZ and iDct-GFP...
January 2018: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
Nathaniel B Goldstein, Maranke I Koster, Kenneth L Jones, Bifeng Gao, Laura G Hoaglin, Steven E Robinson, Michael J Wright, Smaranda I Birlea, Abigail Luman, Karoline A Lambert, Yiqun G Shellman, Mayumi Fujita, William A Robinson, Dennis R Roop, David A Norris, Stanca A Birlea
Vitiligo repigmentation is a complex process in which the melanocyte-depleted interfollicular epidermis (IE) is repopulated by melanocyte precursors from hair follicle (HF) bulge that proliferate, migrate, and differentiate into mature melanocytes on their way to the epidermis. The strongest stimulus for vitiligo repigmentation is narrow band UVB (NBUVB), but how the HF melanocyte precursors are activated by UV light has not been extensively studied. To better understand this process, we developed an application that combined laser capture microdissection and subsequent whole transcriptome RNA sequencing of HF bulge melanocyte precursors, and compared their gene signature to that of regenerated mature epidermal melanocytes from the NBUVB-treated vitiligo skin...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Zhihui Zhang, Mingxing Lei, Haoran Xin, Chunyan Hu, Tian Yang, Yizhan Xing, Yuhong Li, Haiying Guo, Xiaohua Lian, Fang Deng
Canities is an obvious sign of aging in mouse and human, shown as hair graying. Melanocytes in the hair follicle show cyclic activity with hair cycling, which transitions from anagen, catagen to telogen. How the hairs turn gray during aging is not completely uncovered. Here, by using immunostaining and LacZ staining in Dct-LacZ mice, we show that β-catenin is expressed in melanocytes during hair cycling. RT-PCR, western blot and immunostaining show that β-catenin expression is significantly increased in both anagen and telogen skin of aged mice, when compared to the anagen and telogen skin of young mice, respectively...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
Danna Sheinboim, Itay Maza, Iris Dror, Shivang Parikh, Vladislav Krupalnik, Rachel E Bell, Asaf Zviran, Yusuke Suita, Ofir Hakim, Yael Mandel-Gutfreund, Mehdi Khaled, Jacob H Hanna, Carmit Levy
Ectopic expression of lineage master regulators induces transdifferentiation. Whether cell fate transitions can be induced during various developmental stages has not been systemically examined. Here we discover that amongst different developmental stages, mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) are resistant to cell fate conversion induced by the melanocyte lineage master regulator MITF. By generating a transgenic system we exhibit that in mESCs, the pluripotency master regulator Oct4, counteracts pro-differentiation induced by Mitf by physical interference with MITF transcriptional activity...
October 18, 2017: Nature Communications
Hyeongsun Moon, Leanne R Donahue, Eunju Choi, Philip O Scumpia, William E Lowry, Jennifer K Grenier, Jerry Zhu, Andrew C White
Melanoma is one of the deadliest cancers, yet the cells of origin and mechanisms of tumor initiation remain unclear. The majority of melanomas emerge from clear skin without a precursor lesion, but it is unknown whether these melanomas can arise from melanocyte stem cells (MCSCs). Here we employ mouse models to define the role of MCSCs as melanoma cells of origin, demonstrate that MCSC quiescence acts as a tumor suppressor, and identify the extrinsic environmental and molecular factors required for the critical early steps of melanoma initiation...
November 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
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