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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735521/myd88-erk-nfkb%C3%A2-pathways-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-release-in-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-stimulated-by-porphyromonas%C3%A2-gingivalis
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Francesca Diomede, Maria Zingariello, Marcos F X B Cavalcanti, Ilaria Merciaro, Jacopo Pizzicannella, Natalia De Isla, Sergio Caputi, Patrizia Ballerini, Oriana Trubiani
The present study was aimed at investigating whether human Periodontal Ligament Stem Cells (hPDLSCs) were capable of sensing and reacting to lipopolysaccharide from Porphyromonas gingivalis (LPS-G) which is widely recognized as a major pathogen in the development and progression of periodontitis. At this purpose hPDLCs were stimulated with 5 μg/mL LPS-G various times and the expression of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) was evaluated. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play an essential role in innate immune signaling in response to microbial infections, and in particular TLR4, type-I transmembrane proteins, has been shown recognizing LPS-G...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735299/identification-of-the-first-dominant-mutation-of-lama5-gene-causing-a-complex-multisystem-syndrome-due-to-dysfunction-of-the-extracellular-matrix
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Simone Sampaolo, Filomena Napolitano, Alfonsina Tirozzi, Mafalda Giovanna Reccia, Luca Lombardi, Olimpia Farina, Adriano Barra, Ferdinando Cirillo, Mariarosa Anna Beatrice Melone, Fernando Gianfrancesco, Giuseppe Di Iorio, Teresa Esposito
BACKGROUND: The laminin alpha 5 gene (LAMA5) plays a master role in the maintenance and function of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in mammalian tissues, which is critical in developmental patterning, stem cell niches, cancer and genetic diseases. Its mutations have never been reported in human disease so far. The aim of this study was to associate the first mutation in LAMA5 gene to a novel multisystem syndrome. METHODS: A detailed characterisation of a three-generation family, including clinical, biochemical, instrumental and morphological analysis, together with genetics and expression (WES and RNAseq) studies, was performed...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733363/lipidomic-profiling-of-patient-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-hepatocyte-like-cells
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Mostafa Kiamehr, Leena E Viiri, Terhi Vihervaara, Kaisa M Koistinen, Mika Hilvo, Kim Ekroos, Reijo Käkelä, Katriina Aalto-Setälä
Hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) offer an alternative model for primary human hepatocytes to study lipid aberrations. However, the detailed lipid profile of HLCs is yet unknown. In the current study, functional HLCs were differentiated from iPSCs generated from dermal fibroblasts of three individuals by a 3-step protocol through definitive endoderm (DE) stage. In parallel, detailed lipidomic analyses as well as gene expression profiling of a set of lipid metabolism-related genes were performed during the entire differentiation process from iPSC to HLCs...
July 21, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733362/loss-of-cln5-causes-altered-neurogenesis-in-a-childhood-neurodegenerative-disorder
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E Savchenko, Y Singh, H Konttinen, K Lejavova, L Mediavilla Santos, A Grubman, V Kärkkäinen, V Keksa-Goldsteine, N Naumenko, P Tavi, A R White, T M Malm, J Koistinaho, K M Kanninen
Neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) generate new neurons in the brain throughout the lifetime in an intricate process called neurogenesis. Neurogenic alterations are a common feature of several adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases. The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs) are the most common group of inherited neurodegenerative diseases that mainly affect children. Pathological features of the NCLs include accumulation of lysosomal storage material, neuroinflammation, and neuronal degeneration, yet the exact cause of this group of diseases remains poorly understood...
July 21, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733186/easix-in-patients-with-acute-graft-versus-host-disease-a-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Thomas Luft, Axel Benner, Sonata Jodele, Christopher E Dandoy, Rainer Storb, Ted Gooley, Brenda M Sandmaier, Natalia Becker, Aleksandar Radujkovic, Peter Dreger, Olaf Penack
BACKGROUND: Endothelial dysfunction links thrombotic microangiopathy to steroid-refractory graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic stem-cell transplantation. We aimed to assess if the simple formula-lactate dehydrogenase (U/L) × creatinine (mg/dL)/thrombocytes (10(9) cells per L)-termed the Endothelial Activation and Stress Index (EASIX), might be valuable for the prediction of death in patients with acute GVHD after allogeneic stem-cell transplantation. METHODS: For this retrospective analysis, we analysed a training cohort (in Germany) and three validation cohorts (in Germany and the USA) of patients with acute GVHD who had received consecutive allogeneic stem-cell transplantation...
July 18, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732434/effects-of-intraperitoneal-injection-of-allogeneic-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-bronchiolitis-obliterans-in-mice-model
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Sakine Işık, Nevin Uzuner, Meral Karaman, Özkan Karaman, Müge Kıray, İlknur Kozanoğlu, Hüsnü Alper Bağrıyanık, Zeynep Arıkan-Ayyıldız, Melis Kartal Yandım, Yusuf Baran
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) can ameliorate a variety of lung diseases such as asthma, lung fibrosis, and acute lung injury by its anti-inflammatory and immunmodulatory effects. In this study, we developed a mouse model of bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) and evaluated the effects of the intraperitoneal administration of BMSCs on lung histopathology and cytokine levels. 25 BALB/c mice were divided into four groups; control group (Group I), BO developed and 1x106 BMSCs-injected group (Group II), non-BO, 1x106 BMSCs-injected group (Group III), and BO developed and saline-injected group (Group IV)...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732378/acetylation-and-deacetylation-in-cancer-stem-like-cells
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REVIEW
Na Liu, Shiqi Li, Nan Wu, Kin-Sang Cho
Cancer stem-like cell (CSC) model has been established to investigate the underlying mechanisms of tumor initiation and progression. The imbalance between acetylation and deacetylation of histone or non-histone proteins, one of the important epigenetic modification processes, is closely associated with a wide variety of diseases including cancer. Acetylation and deacetylation are involved in various stemness-related signal pathways and drive the regulation of self-renewal and differentiation in normal developmental processes...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731526/drug-discovery-and-development-for-rare-genetic-disorders
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REVIEW
Wei Sun, Wei Zheng, Anton Simeonov
Approximately 7,000 rare diseases affect millions of individuals in the United States. Although rare diseases taken together have an enormous impact, there is a significant gap between basic research and clinical interventions. Opportunities now exist to accelerate drug development for the treatment of rare diseases. Disease foundations and research centers worldwide focus on better understanding rare disorders. Here, the state-of-the-art drug discovery strategies for small molecules and biological approaches for orphan diseases are reviewed...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731447/chromatin-bound-oxidized-%C3%AE-synuclein-causes-strand-breaks-in-neuronal-genomes-in-in-vitro-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Velmarini Vasquez, Joy Mitra, Pavana M Hegde, Arvind Pandey, Shiladitya Sengupta, Sankar Mitra, K S Rao, Muralidhar L Hegde
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) overexpression and misfolding/aggregation in degenerating dopaminergic neurons have long been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The neurotoxicity of α-Syn is enhanced by iron (Fe) and other pro-oxidant metals, leading to generation of reactive oxygen species in PD brain. Although α-Syn is predominantly localized in presynaptic nerve terminals, a small fraction exists in neuronal nuclei. However, the functional and/or pathological role of nuclear α-Syn is unclear. Following up on our earlier report that α-Syn directly binds DNA in vitro, here we confirm the nuclear localization and chromatin association of α-Syn in neurons using proximity ligation and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730239/wnt-and-nodal-signaling-simultaneously-induces-definitive-endoderm-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Wa Zhong, Yu Lai, Tao Yu, Zhong Sheng Xia, Yu Hong Yuan, Hui Ouyang, Ti Dong Shan, Qi Kui Chen
Induced differentiation of definitive endoderm (DE) from embryonic stem cells (ESCs) has been the recent focus of studies investigating regeneration and transplantation of organs of the digestive system. Poor cell survival is the most important challenge to DE differentiation from ESCs. This study aimed to optimize culture conditions to promote the differentiation of mouse ESCs into DE, and to investigate the roles of the Wnt and Nodal signaling pathways in the DE differentiation. The mouse ESCs were treated with or without leukemia inhibitory factor, Wnt3a and Activin A alone or together, and examined the DE differentiation by the DE marker CXCR4 and the ESC marker Oct4...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729840/cardiac-subtype-specific-modeling-of-kv1-5-ion-channel-deficiency-using-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Maike Marczenke, Ilaria Piccini, Isabella Mengarelli, Jakob Fell, Albrecht Röpke, Guiscard Seebohm, Arie O Verkerk, Boris Greber
The ultrarapid delayed rectifier K(+) current (IKur), mediated by Kv1.5 channels, constitutes a key component of the atrial action potential. Functional mutations in the underlying KCNA5 gene have been shown to cause hereditary forms of atrial fibrillation (AF). Here, we combine targeted genetic engineering with cardiac subtype-specific differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to explore the role of Kv1.5 in atrial hiPSC-cardiomyocytes. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis of integration-free hiPSCs was employed to generate a functional KCNA5 knockout...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729365/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-endothelial-cells-in-insulin-resistance-and-metabolic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Ivan Carcamo-Orive, Ngan F Huang, Thomas Quertermous, Joshua W Knowles
Insulin resistance leads to a number of metabolic and cellular abnormalities including endothelial dysfunction that increase the risk of vascular disease. Although it has been particularly challenging to study the genetic determinants that predispose to abnormal function of the endothelium in insulin-resistant states, the possibility of deriving endothelial cells from induced pluripotent stem cells generated from individuals with detailed clinical phenotyping, including accurate measurements of insulin resistance accompanied by multilevel omic data (eg, genetic and genomic characterization), has opened new avenues to study this relationship...
July 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729300/rapamycin-is-highly-effective-in-murine-models-of-immune-mediated-bone-marrow-failure
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Xingmin Feng, Zenghua Lin, Wanling Sun, Maile K Hollinger, Marie J Desierto, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Daniela Malide, Pawel Muranski, Jichun Chen, Neal S Young
Acquired aplastic anemia, the prototypical bone marrow failure disease, is characterized by pancytopenia and marrow hypoplasia. Most aplastic anemia patients respond to immunosuppressive therapy, usually as anti-thymocyte globulin and cyclosporine, but some relapse on cyclosporine withdrawal or require long-term administration of cyclosporine to maintain blood counts. In the current study, we tested efficacy of rapamycin as a new or alternative treatment in mouse models of immune-mediated bone marrow failure...
July 20, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726548/wnt-yap-interactions-during-neural-tissue-patterning-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Julie Bejoy, Liqing Song, Yi Zhou, Yan Li
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have special ability to self-assemble into neural spheroids or mini-brain like structures. During the self-assembly process, Wnt signaling plays an important role in regional patterning and establishing positional identity of hiPSC-derived neural progenitors. Recently, the role of Wnt signaling in regulating Yes-associated protein (YAP) expression (nuclear or cytoplasmic), the pivotal regulator during organ growth and tissue generation, has attracted increasing interests...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725651/human-acute-leukemia-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-a-unique-model-for-investigating-disease-development-and-pathogenesis
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EDITORIAL
Clara Bueno, Pablo Menendez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724999/x-ray-phase-contrast-tomography-reveals-early-vascular-alterations-and-neuronal-loss-in-a-multiple-sclerosis-model
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A Cedola, A Bravin, I Bukreeva, M Fratini, A Pacureanu, A Mittone, L Massimi, P Cloetens, P Coan, G Campi, R Spanò, F Brun, V Grigoryev, V Petrosino, C Venturi, M Mastrogiacomo, Nicole Kerlero de Rosbo, A Uccelli
The degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis at the level of the vascular and neuronal networks in the central nervous system are currently the object of intensive investigation. Preclinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model for multiple sclerosis, but the neuropathology of specific lesions in EAE and the effects of MSC treatment are under debate. Because conventional imaging techniques entail protocols that alter the tissues, limiting the reliability of the results, we have used non-invasive X-ray phase-contrast tomography to obtain an unprecedented direct 3D characterization of EAE lesions at micro-to-nano scales, with simultaneous imaging of the vascular and neuronal networks...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724963/midnolin-is-a-novel-regulator-of-parkin-expression-and-is-associated-with-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Yutaro Obara, Toru Imai, Hidenori Sato, Yuji Takeda, Takeo Kato, Kuniaki Ishii
Midnolin (MIDN) was first discovered in embryonic stem cells, but its physiological and pathological roles are, to date, poorly understood. In the present study, we therefore examined the role of MIDN in detail. We found that in PC12 cells, a model of neuronal cells, MIDN localized primarily to the nucleus and intracellular membranes. Nerve growth factor promoted MIDN gene expression, which was attenuated by specific inhibitors of extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 and 5. MIDN-deficient PC12 cells created using CRISPR/Cas9 technology displayed significantly impaired neurite outgrowth...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724793/a-bag3-chaperone-complex-maintains-cardiomyocyte-function-during-proteotoxic-stress
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Luke M Judge, Juan A Perez-Bermejo, Annie Truong, Alexandre Js Ribeiro, Jennie C Yoo, Christina L Jensen, Mohammad A Mandegar, Nathaniel Huebsch, Robyn M Kaake, Po-Lin So, Deepak Srivastava, Beth L Pruitt, Nevan J Krogan, Bruce R Conklin
Molecular chaperones regulate quality control in the human proteome, pathways that have been implicated in many diseases, including heart failure. Mutations in the BAG3 gene, which encodes a co-chaperone protein, have been associated with heart failure due to both inherited and sporadic dilated cardiomyopathy. Familial BAG3 mutations are autosomal dominant and frequently cause truncation of the coding sequence, suggesting a heterozygous loss-of-function mechanism. However, heterozygous knockout of the murine BAG3 gene did not cause a detectable phenotype...
July 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723550/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-primitive-macrophages-provide-a-platform-for-modeling-tissue-resident-macrophage-differentiation-and-function
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Kazuyuki Takata, Tatsuya Kozaki, Christopher Zhe Wei Lee, Morgane Sonia Thion, Masayuki Otsuka, Shawn Lim, Kagistia Hana Utami, Kerem Fidan, Dong Shin Park, Benoit Malleret, Svetoslav Chakarov, Peter See, Donovan Low, Gillian Low, Marta Garcia-Miralles, Ruizhu Zeng, Jinqiu Zhang, Chi Ching Goh, Ahmet Gul, Sandra Hubert, Bernett Lee, Jinmiao Chen, Ivy Low, Nurhidaya Binte Shadan, Josephine Lum, Tay Seok Wei, Esther Mok, Shohei Kawanishi, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Anis Larbi, Michael Poidinger, Laurent Renia, Lai Guan Ng, Yochai Wolf, Steffen Jung, Tamer Önder, Evan Newell, Tara Huber, Eishi Ashihara, Sonia Garel, Mahmoud A Pouladi, Florent Ginhoux
Tissue macrophages arise during embryogenesis from yolk-sac (YS) progenitors that give rise to primitive YS macrophages. Until recently, it has been impossible to isolate or derive sufficient numbers of YS-derived macrophages for further study, but data now suggest that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be driven to undergo a process reminiscent of YS-hematopoiesis in vitro. We asked whether iPSC-derived primitive macrophages (iMacs) can terminally differentiate into specialized macrophages with the help of growth factors and organ-specific cues...
July 18, 2017: Immunity
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