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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933914/comparison-of-cellular-transforming-activity-of-oct4-nanog-and-sox2-in-immortalized-astrocytes
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Sunyoung Seo, Hee-Young Jeon, Hyunggee Kim
Embryonic stem cell factors-OCT4, NANOG, and SOX2-contribute to the maintenance of stem cell properties and malignant progression in various cancers, including glioblastoma. Although functional roles of each of these genes are well documented in stem cell and cancer biology, no study has directly compared their cellular transforming activity under same experimental conditions. In this study, we compared the cellular transforming activity of OCT4, NANOG, and SOX2 using human immortalized astrocytes cultured under serum-free stem cell culture conditions...
September 21, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917843/rapgef2-a-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-for-rap1-small-gtpases-plays-a-crucial-role-in-adherence-junction-aj-formation-in-radial-glial-cells-through-erk-mediated-upregulation-of-the-aj-constituent-protein-expression
#2
Maged Ibrahim Farag, Yoko Yoshikawa, Kazuhiro Maeta, Tohru Kataoka
Rapgef2 and Rapgef6 define a subfamily of guanine nucleotide exchange factors for Rap1, characterized by possession of the Ras/Rap-associating domains and implicated in the etiology of schizophrenia. We previously found that dorsal telencephalon-specific Rapgef2 conditional knockout mice exhibits severe defects in formation of apical surface adherence junctions (AJs) and localization of radial glial cells (RGCs). In this study, we analyze the underlying molecular mechanism by using primary cultures of RGCs established from the developing cerebral cortex...
September 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916193/ferulic-acid-promotes-survival-and-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells-to-prevent-gentamicin-induced-neuronal-hearing-loss
#3
Lintao Gu, Xinhua Cui, Wei Wei, Jia Yang, Xuezhong Li
Neural stem cells (NSCs) have exhibited promising potential in therapies against neuronal hearing loss. Ferulic acid (FA) has been widely reported to enhance neurogenic differentiation of different stem cells. We investigated the role of FA in promoting NSC transplant therapy to prevent gentamicin-induced neuronal hearing loss. NSCs were isolated from mouse cochlear tissues to establish in vitro culture, which were then treated with FA. The survival and differentiation of NSCs were evaluated. Subsequently, neurite outgrowth and excitability of the in vitro neuronal network were assessed...
September 12, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888079/bioabsorbable-nerve-conduits-coated-with-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neurospheres-enhance-axonal-regeneration-in-sciatic-nerve-defects-in-aged-mice
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Takuya Yokoi, Takuya Uemura, Kiyohito Takamatsu, Kosuke Shintani, Ema Onode, Mitsuhiro Okada, Noriaki Hidaka, Hiroaki Nakamura
Aging influences peripheral nerve regeneration. Nevertheless, most basic research of bioabsorbable nerve conduits including commercial products have been performed in very young animals. Results from these studies may not provide information about axonal regeneration in aged tissue, because young nerve tissue holds sufficient endogenous potential for axonal regeneration. The clinical target age for nerve conduit application is most likely going to increase with a rapidly growing elderly population. In the present study, we examined axonal regeneration after sciatic nerve defects in aged and young mice...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884087/curcumin-attenuates-harmful-effects-of-arsenic-on-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#5
Ali Jahanbazi Jahan-Abad, Parastoo Morteza-Zadeh, Sajad Sahab Negah, Ali Gorji
OBJECTIVE: Arsenic, an environmental pollutant, decreases neuronal migration as well as cellular maturation and inhibits the proliferation of neural progenitor cells. Curcumin has been described as an antioxidant and neuroprotective agent with strong therapeutic potential in some neurological disorders. Human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs), a source of multipotent stem cells, can self-renew and differentiate into neural cells. The aim of the present study was to investigate the preventive effect of curcumin against arsenic toxic effects on the viability, telomerase activity, and apoptosis of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) derived from hADSCs...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874550/prenatal-neurogenesis-induction-therapy-normalizes-brain-structure-and-function-in-down-syndrome-mice
#6
Akiko Nakano-Kobayashi, Tomonari Awaya, Isao Kii, Yuto Sumida, Yukiko Okuno, Suguru Yoshida, Tomoe Sumida, Haruhisa Inoue, Takamitsu Hosoya, Masatoshi Hagiwara
Down syndrome (DS) caused by trisomy of chromosome 21 is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability. Although the prenatal diagnosis of DS has become feasible, there are no therapies available for the rescue of DS-related neurocognitive impairment. A growth inducer newly identified in our screen of neural stem cells (NSCs) has potent inhibitory activity against dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation-regulated kinase 1A (DYRK1A) and was found to rescue proliferative deficits in Ts65Dn-derived neurospheres and human NSCs derived from individuals with DS...
September 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867360/the-use-of-tmz-embedded-hydrogels-for-the-treatment-of-orthotopic-human-glioma-xenografts
#7
Bandita Adhikari, Jie Li, Michael G Brandel, Diahnn Futalan, Johnny Akers, Timothy Deming, Clark C Chen, Bob S Carter
The current treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is limited by the restricted arsenal of agents which effectively cross the blood brain barrier (BBB). For example, only a fraction of temozolomide (TMZ) administered systemically is available for therapeutic effect because of the BBB and the instability of TMZ under physiologic conditions. A novel approach to overcome this obstacle is to bypass the BBB and locally deliver chemotherapeutic agents directly to the tumor mass. We have explored the loading of TMZ into a novel hydrogel matrix, which can be delivered in liquid form and then solidifies in situ and releases chemotherapy as the matrix dissolves...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861160/long-nonding-rna-uca1-regulates-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-by-controlling-mir-1-hes1-expression
#8
Jiaolin Zheng, Dan Yi, Yu Liu, Mingqiu Wang, Yulan Zhu, Huaizhang Shi
Neural stem cells are able to self-renew and generate glial and neuronal lineages. Neural stem cell may serve as therapeutic method for neurological disorders including spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are longer than 200 nucleotides with limited protein-coding capacity. Recent studies have demonstreated that lncRNAs play an important role in several cellular processes including cell differentiation, cell development, proliferation, apoptosis, invasion and migration...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855626/dual-roles-of-a%C3%AE-in-proliferative-processes-in-an-amyloidogenic-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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David Baglietto-Vargas, Elisabeth Sánchez-Mejias, Victoria Navarro, Sebastián Jimenez, Laura Trujillo-Estrada, Angela Gómez-Arboledas, Maria Sánchez-Mico, Raquel Sánchez-Varo, Marisa Vizuete, José Carlos Dávila, José Manuel García-Verdugo, Javier Vitorica, Antonia Gutierrez
Alzheimer's disease is a major neurodegenerative disorder that leads to severe cognitive deficits in the elderly population. Over the past two decades, multiple studies have focused on elucidating the causative factors underlying memory defects in Alzheimer's patients. In this regard, new evidence linking Alzheimer's disease-related pathology and neuronal stem cells suggests that hippocampal neurogenesis impairment is an important factor underlying these cognitive deficits. However, because of conflicting results, the impact of Aβ pathology on neurogenesis/gliogenesis remains unclear...
August 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838333/hypoxia-stimulates-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-by-increasing-hif%C3%A2-1%C3%AE-expression-and-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#10
C Qi, J Zhang, X Chen, J Wan, J Wang, P Zhang, Y Liu
Evidence indicates that after brain injury, neurogenesis is enhanced in regions such as hippocampus, striatum, and cortex. To study the role of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF‑1α) and Wnt signaling in cerebral ischemia/hypoxia-induced proliferation of neural stem cells (NSCs), we investigated the proliferation of NSCs, expression of HIF‑1α, and activation of Wnt signaling under conditions of pathologic hypoxia in vitro. NSCs were isolated from 30-day-old Sprague-Dawley rats and subjected to 0.3% oxygen in a microaerophilic incubation system...
August 15, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837861/klotho-regulates-postnatal-neurogenesis-and-protects-against-age-related-spatial-memory-loss
#11
Ann M Laszczyk, Stephanie Fox-Quick, Hai T Vo, Dailey Nettles, Phyllis C Pugh, Linda Overstreet-Wadiche, Gwendalyn D King
Although the absence of the age-regulating klotho protein causes klotho-deficient mice to rapidly develop cognitive impairment and increasing klotho enhances hippocampal-dependent memory, the cellular effects of klotho that mediate hippocampal-dependent memory function are unknown. Here, we show premature aging of the klotho-deficient hippocampal neurogenic niche as evidenced by reduced numbers of neural stem cells, decreased proliferation, and impaired maturation of immature neurons. Klotho-deficient neurospheres show reduced proliferation and size that is rescued by supplementation with shed klotho protein...
July 29, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833887/cdk4-regulates-adult-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation-in-response-to-insulin-irs2-signals
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Laura Chirivella, Martina Kirstein, Sacri R Ferrón, Ana Domingo-Muelas, Fabrice C Durupt, Carlos Acosta-Umanzor, Marifé Cano-Jaimez, Francisco Pérez-Sánchez, Mariano Barbacid, Sagrario Ortega, Deborah Burks, Isabel Fariñas
Insulin is one of the standard components used to culture primary neurospheres. Although it stimulates growth of different types of cells, the effects of insulin on adult neural stem cells (NSCs) have not been well characterized. Here we reveal that insulin stimulates proliferation, but not survival or self-renewal, of adult NSCs. This effect is mediated by insulin receptor substrate 2 (IRS2) and subsequent activation of the protein kinase B (PKB or Akt), leading to increased activity of the G1-phase cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (Cdk4) and cell cycle progression...
August 20, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815632/uniform-sized-neurosphere-mediated-motoneuron-differentiation-in-microwell-arrays
#13
Jong Min Lee, Joo Yoon Moon, Mohammed R Shaker, Woong Sun, Bong Geun Chung
We developed the photo-crosslinkable hydrogel microwell arrays for uniform-sized neurosphere-mediated motoneuron differentiation. Neural stem cells (NSCs) were obtained from embryonic cerebral cortex and spinal cord. To generate uniform-sized neurospheres in a homogeneous manner, the dissociated cells were cultured in the hydrogel microwell arrays for 3 days. Uniform-sized neurospheres harvested from microwell arrays were replated into laminin-coated a two-dimensional (2D) substrate. In parallel, uniform-sized neurospheres cultured in microwell arrays were encapsulated by photocrosslinkable gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogels in a three-dimensional (3D) manner...
August 16, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809399/evidence-for-newly-generated-interneurons-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-of-adult-mice
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D J Jhaveri, A Tedoldi, S Hunt, R Sullivan, N R Watts, J M Power, P F Bartlett, P Sah
New neurons are continually generated from the resident populations of precursor cells in selective niches of the adult mammalian brain such as the hippocampal dentate gyrus and the olfactory bulb. However, whether such cells are present in the adult amygdala, and their neurogenic capacity, is not known. Using the neurosphere assay, we demonstrate that a small number of precursor cells, the majority of which express Achaete-scute complex homolog 1 (Ascl1), are present in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) of the adult mouse...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809027/in-vitro-and-ex-ovo-culture-of-reptilian-and-avian-neural-progenitor-cells
#15
Wataru Yamashita, Toyo Shimizu, Tadashi Nomura
Reptiles and birds have been highlighted as excellent experimental models for the study of developmental biology; however, due to technical limitations in cellular analysis, dynamics of neural stem/progenitor cells of these animals remain unclear. In this chapter, we introduce the protocols for neurosphere culture and ex ovo embryonic culture of developing reptilian and avian embryos, which are modified from the method originally established for rodent embryos. Applications of these techniques provide powerful strategies for the study of comparative neural development of amniotes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802102/pnipaam-co-jeffamine-%C3%A2-pnj-scaffolds-as-in%C3%A2-vitro-models-for-niche-enrichment-of-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells
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John M Heffernan, James B McNamara, Sabine Borwege, Brent L Vernon, Nader Sanai, Shwetal Mehta, Rachael W Sirianni
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common adult primary brain tumor, and the 5-year survival rate is less than 5%. GBM malignancy is driven in part by a population of GBM stem-like cells (GSCs) that exhibit indefinite self-renewal capacity, multipotent differentiation, expression of neural stem cell markers, and resistance to conventional treatments. GSCs are enriched in specialized niche microenvironments that regulate stem phenotypes and support GSC radioresistance. Therefore, identifying GSC-niche interactions that regulate stem phenotypes may present a unique target for disrupting the maintenance and persistence of this treatment resistant population...
October 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798684/differential-roles-of-environmental-enrichment-in-alzheimer-s-type-of-neurodegeneration-and-physiological-aging
#17
Vladimir V Salmin, Yulia K Komleva, Natalia V Kuvacheva, Andrey V Morgun, Elena D Khilazheva, Olga L Lopatina, Elena A Pozhilenkova, Konstantin A Shapovalov, Yulia A Uspenskaya, Alla B Salmina
Impairment of hippocampal adult neurogenesis in aging or degenerating brain is a well-known phenomenon caused by the shortage of brain stem cell pool, alterations in the local microenvironment within the neurogenic niches, or deregulation of stem cell development. Environmental enrichment (EE) has been proposed as a potent tool to restore brain functions, to prevent aging-associated neurodegeneration, and to cure neuronal deficits seen in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. Here, we report our data on the effects of environmental enrichment on hippocampal neurogenesis in vivo and neurosphere-forming capacity of hippocampal stem/progenitor cells in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796246/identification-and-characterization-of-a-new-source-of-adult-human-neural-progenitors
#18
Jinan Behnan, Biljana Stangeland, Tiziana Langella, Gaetano Finocchiaro, Giovanni Tringali, Torstein R Meling, Wayne Murrell
Adult neural progenitor cells (aNPCs) are a potential source for cell based therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and traumatic brain injuries. These cells have been traditionally isolated from hippocampus, subventricular zone and white matter. However, there is still a need for an easily accessible source with better yield to counter the limitations of small surgical samples of previously characterized aNPCs. Here we show that ultrasonic aspirate (UA) samples currently considered as 'biological waste after surgery,' offer a good source for aNPCs...
August 10, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795331/cells-expressing-prominin-1-in-neonatal-murine-inferior-colliculus-differentiate-into-neurons-and-glia
#19
Haruka Okazaki, Akira Kanda, Seiji Kanda, Takaki Shimono, Yasutaka Yun, Yoshiki Kobayashi, Zeyun Wang, Hisashi Ooka, Kensuke Suzuki, Dan Bui Van, Koichi Tomoda, Hiroshi Iwai, Toshimasa Nishiyama
Inferior colliculus (IC) is a major center for the integration and processing of acoustic information from ascending auditory pathways. Damage to the IC as well as normal aging can impair auditory function. Novel strategies such as stem cell (SC)-based regenerative therapy are required for functional recovery because mature neural cells have a minimal regenerative capacity after an injury. However, it is not known if there are neural stem cells (NSCs) in the IC. Herein, we screened for NSCs by surface marker analysis using flow cytometry...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794184/post-transcriptional-regulation-of-mouse-neurogenesis-by-pumilio-proteins
#20
Meng Zhang, Dong Chen, Jing Xia, Wenqi Han, Xiekui Cui, Nils Neuenkirchen, Gretchen Hermes, Nenad Sestan, Haifan Lin
Despite extensive studies on mammalian neurogenesis, its post-transcriptional regulation remains under-explored. Here we report that neural-specific inactivation of two murine post-transcriptional regulators, Pumilio 1 (Pum1) and Pum2, severely reduced the number of neural stem cells (NSCs) in the postnatal dentate gyrus (DG), drastically increased perinatal apoptosis, altered DG cell composition, and impaired learning and memory. Consistently, the mutant DG neurospheres generated fewer NSCs with defects in proliferation, survival, and differentiation, supporting a major role of Pum1 and Pum2 in hippocampal neurogenesis and function...
August 9, 2017: Genes & Development
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