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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641113/enhanced-functional-genomic-screening-identifies-novel-mediators-of-dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dependent-injury-signaling-in-neurons
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Derek S Welsbie, Katherine L Mitchell, Vinod Jaskula-Ranga, Valentin M Sluch, Zhiyong Yang, Jessica Kim, Eugen Buehler, Amit Patel, Scott E Martin, Ping-Wu Zhang, Yan Ge, Yukan Duan, John Fuller, Byung-Jin Kim, Eman Hamed, Xitiz Chamling, Lei Lei, Iain D C Fraser, Ze'ev A Ronai, Cynthia A Berlinicke, Donald J Zack
Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) has been implicated in cell death signaling secondary to axonal damage in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and other neurons. To better understand the pathway through which DLK acts, we developed enhanced functional genomic screens in primary RGCs, including use of arrayed, whole-genome, small interfering RNA libraries. Explaining why DLK inhibition is only partially protective, we identify leucine zipper kinase (LZK) as cooperating with DLK to activate downstream signaling and cell death in RGCs, including in a mouse model of optic nerve injury, and show that the same pathway is active in human stem cell-derived RGCs...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640953/overview-of-transgenic-mouse-models-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-mpns
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Andrew Dunbar, Abbas Nazir, Ross Levine
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a class of hematologic diseases characterized by aberrant proliferation of one or more myeloid lineages and progressive bone marrow fibrosis. In 2005, seminal work by multiple groups identified the JAK2V617F mutation in a significant fraction of MPN patients. Since that time, murine models of JAK2V617F have greatly enhanced the understanding of the role of aberrant JAK-STAT signaling in MPN pathogenesis and have provided an in vivo pre-clinical platform that can be used to develop novel therapies...
June 22, 2017: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637178/the-at04a-vaccine-against-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-reduces-total-cholesterol-vascular-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-3leiden-cetp-mice
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Christine Landlinger, Marianne G Pouwer, Claudia Juno, José W A van der Hoorn, Elsbet J Pieterman, J Wouter Jukema, Guenther Staffler, Hans M G Princen, Gergana Galabova
Aims: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) has emerged as a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia and atherosclerosis. PCSK9 binds to the low density lipoprotein receptor and enhances its degradation, which leads to the reduced clearance of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLc) and a higher risk of atherosclerosis. In this study, the AT04A anti-PCSK9 vaccine was evaluated for its therapeutic potential in ameliorating or even preventing coronary heart disease in the atherogenic APOE*3Leiden...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635509/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-dopaminergic-neurons-from-adult-common-marmoset-fibroblasts
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Scott C Vermilyea, Scott Guthrie, Michael Meyer, Kim Smuga-Otto, Katarina Braun, Sara Howden, James A Thomson, Su-Chun Zhang, Marina Emborg, Dr Thaddeus G Golos
The common marmoset monkey (Callithrix jacchus; Cj) is an advantageous nonhuman primate species for modeling age-related disorders, including Parkinson's disease, due to their shorter lifespan compared to macaques. Cj-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (Cj-iPSCs) from somatic cells are needed for in vitro disease modeling and testing regenerative medicine approaches. Here we report the development of a novel Cj-iPSC line derived from adult marmoset fibroblasts. The Cj-iPSCs showed potent pluripotency properties including development of mesodermal lineages in tumors after injection to immunocompromised mice, as well as ectoderm and endoderm lineages after in vitro differentiation regimens, demonstrating differentiated derivatives of all three embryonic layers...
June 21, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634006/testosterone-differentially-affects-t-cells-and-neurons-in-murine-and-human-models-of-neuroinflammation-and-neurodegeneration
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Megan G Massa, Christina David, Stefanie Jörg, Johannes Berg, Barbara Gisevius, Sarah Hirschberg, Ralf A Linker, Ralf Gold, Aiden Haghikia
The high female-to-male sex ratio of multiple sclerosis (MS) prevalence has continuously confounded researchers, especially in light of male patients' accelerated disease course at later stages of MS. Although multiple studies have concentrated on estrogenic mechanisms of disease modulation, fairly little attention has been paid to androgenic effects in a female system, and even fewer studies have attempted to dissociate hormonal effects on the neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory processes of MS. Herein, we demonstrate the differential effects of hormone treatment on the acute inflammatory and chronic neurodegenerative phases of murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis...
July 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633074/programming-cells-for-cardiac-repair
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REVIEW
Rocco Romagnuolo, Michael A Laflamme
Because the heart is a poorly regenerative organ, there has been considerable interest in developing novel cell-based approaches to restore lost contractile function after myocardial infarction (MI). While a wide variety of candidate cell types have been tested in animal MI models, the vast majority of clinical trials have used adult stem cell types, usually derived from bone marrow. These studies have generally yielded disappointing results, an outcome that may reflect in part the limited cardiogenic potential of the adult stem cell sources employed...
June 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632820/the-nexus-of-stem-cell-derived-beta-cells-and-genome-engineering
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Sara D Sackett, Aida Rodriguez, Jon S Odorico
Diabetes, type 1 and type 2 (T1D and T2D), are diseases of epidemic proportions, which are complicated and defined by genetics, epigenetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Current therapies consist of whole pancreas or islet transplantation. However, these approaches require life-time immunosuppression, and are compounded by the paucity of available donors. Pluripotent stem cells have advanced research in the fields of stem cell biology, drug development, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine, and importantly allows for the interrogation of therapeutic interventions...
2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630175/patient-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-based-disease-model-for-pathogenesis-studies-and-clinical-pharmacotherapy
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EDITORIAL
Yingxin Li, Karim Sallam, Peter J Schwartz, Joseph C Wu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630169/patient-specific-drug-screening-using-a-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-model-of-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-type-2
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Leonid Maizels, Irit Huber, Gil Arbel, Anke J Tijsen, Amira Gepstein, Asaad Khoury, Lior Gepstein
BACKGROUND: Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia type 2 (CPVT2) results from autosomal recessive CASQ2 mutations, causing abnormal Ca(2+)-handling and malignant ventricular arrhythmias. We aimed to establish a patient-specific human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) model of CPVT2 and to use the generated hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes to gain insights into patient-specific disease mechanism and pharmacotherapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: hiPSC cardiomyocytes were derived from a CPVT2 patient (D307H-CASQ2 mutation) and from healthy controls...
June 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630052/infection-exposure-promotes-etv6-runx1-precursor-b-cell-leukemia-via-impaired-h3k4-demethylases
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Guillermo Rodríguez-Hernández, Julia Hauer, Alberto Martín-Lorenzo, Daniel Schäfer, Christoph Bartenhagen, Idoia García-Ramírez, Franziska Auer, Ines Gonzalez-Herrero, Lucia Ruiz-Roca, Michael Gombert, Vera Okpanyi, Ute Fischer, Cai Chen, Martin Dugas, Sanil Bhatia, René M Linka, Marta Garcia-Suquia, María V Rascón-Trincado, Angel Garcia-Sanchez, Oscar Blanco, Maria Begona Garcia-Cenador, Francisco Javier Garcia-Criado, César Cobaleda, Diego Alonso-López, Javier De Las Rivas, Markus Müschen, Carolina Vicente-Dueñas, Isidro Sánchez-García, Arndt Borkhardt
<p>ETV6-RUNX1 is associated with the most common subtype of childhood leukemia. As few ETV6-RUNX1 carriers develop precursor B cell acute lymphocytic leukemia (pB-ALL), the underlying genetic basis for development of full-blown leukemia remains to be identified, but the appearance of leukemia cases in time-space clusters keeps infection as a potential causal factor. Here we present in vivo genetic evidence mechanistically connecting preleukemic ETV6-RUNX1 expression in hematopoetic stem cells/peripheral cells (HSC/PC) and postnatal infections for human-like pB-ALL...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628273/exposure-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-vascular-endothelial-and-smooth-muscle-cells-in-coculture-to-hemodynamics-induces-primary-vascular-cell-like-phenotypes
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Maria S Collado, Banumathi K Cole, Robert A Figler, Mark Lawson, David Manka, Michael B Simmers, Steve Hoang, Felipe Serrano, Brett R Blackman, Sanjay Sinha, Brian R Wamhoff
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be differentiated into vascular endothelial (iEC) and smooth muscle (iSMC) cells. However, because iECs and iSMCs are not derived from an intact blood vessel, they represent an immature phenotype. Hemodynamics and heterotypic cell:cell communication play important roles in vascular cell phenotypic modulation. Here we tested the hypothesis that hemodynamic exposure of iECs in coculture with iSMCs induces an in vivo-like phenotype. iECs and iSMCs were cocultured under vascular region-specific blood flow hemodynamics, and compared to hemodynamic cocultures of blood vessel-derived endothelial (pEC) and smooth muscle (pSMC) cells...
June 19, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628110/colonic-organoids-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-modeling-colorectal-cancer-and-drug-testing
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Miguel Crespo, Eduardo Vilar, Su-Yi Tsai, Kyle Chang, Sadaf Amin, Tara Srinivasan, Tuo Zhang, Nina H Pipalia, Huanhuan Joyce Chen, Mavee Witherspoon, Miriam Gordillo, Jenny Zhaoying Xiang, Frederick R Maxfield, Steven Lipkin, Todd Evans, Shuibing Chen
With the goal of modeling human disease of the large intestine, we sought to develop an effective protocol for deriving colonic organoids (COs) from differentiated human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Extensive gene and immunohistochemical profiling confirmed that the derived COs represent colon rather than small intestine, containing stem cells, transit-amplifying cells, and the expected spectrum of differentiated cells, including goblet and endocrine cells. We applied this strategy to iPSCs derived from patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP-iPSCs) harboring germline mutations in the WNT-signaling-pathway-regulator gene encoding APC, and we generated COs that exhibit enhanced WNT activity and increased epithelial cell proliferation, which we used as a platform for drug testing...
June 19, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627637/lentiviral-vector-mediated-co-overexpression-of-vegf-and-bcl-2-improves-mesenchymal-stem-cell-survival-and-enhances-paracrine-effects-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Xiaobin Ni, Caiwen Ou, Jingbin Guo, Bei Liu, Jianwu Zhang, Zhiye Wu, Hekai Li, Minsheng Chen
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation has emerged as a promising therapy for ischemic heart disease; however, the low survival rate of transplanted cells limits their therapeutic efficacy. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the dual genetic modification of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and B‑cell lymphoma‑2 (Bcl‑2) confers a higher expression level of the target genes, better survival and a stronger paracrine effect in MSCs in an adverse environment than the modification of the individual genes...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627365/mitochondria-metabolic-reprogramming-in-the-formation-of-neurons-from-peripheral-cells-cause-or-consequence-and-the-implications-to-their-utility
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REVIEW
Gary E Gibson, Ankita Thakkar
The induction of pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from differentiated cells such as fibroblasts and their subsequent conversion to neural progenitor cells (NPC) and finally to neurons is intriguing scientifically, and its potential to medicine nearly infinite, but unrealized. A better understanding of the changes at each step of the transformation will enable investigators to use them better to model neurological disease. Each step of conversion from a differentiated cell to an iPSC to a NPC to neurons requires large changes in glycolysis including aerobic glycolysis, the pentose shunt, the tricarboxylic acid cycle, the electron transport chain and in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 13, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626366/current-developments-in-mobilization-of-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-and-their-interaction-with-niches-in-bone-marrow
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REVIEW
Rudolf Richter, Wolfgang Forssmann, Reinhard Henschler
The clinical application of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has evolved from a highly experimental stage in the 1980s to a currently clinically established treatment for more than 20,000 patients annually who suffer from hematological malignancies and other severe diseases. Studies in numerous murine models have demonstrated that HSPCs reside in distinct niches within the bone marrow environment. Whereas transplanted HSPCs travel through the bloodstream and home to sites of hematopoiesis, HSPCs can be mobilized from these niches into the blood either physiologically or induced by pharmaceutical drugs...
June 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626156/a-method-to-establish-a-mouse-model-of-bone-marrow-microenvironment-injury
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Wenzhe Cheng, Quanhu Ge, Longfei Wan, Xiaoyi Wang, Xueling Chen, Xiangwei Wu
A normal bone marrow microenvironment plays a very important role in the normal functioning of hematopoietic stem cells. Once disturbed, this microenvironment can become favorable for the occurrence of blood disorders, cancers, and other diseases. Therefore, further studies on the bone marrow microenvironment should be performed to reveal regulatory and stem cell fate determination mechanisms and promote the development of bone marrow transplantation, tissue repair and regenerative medicine, and other fields...
June 13, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626025/intranasal-administration-of-mesenchymoangioblast-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-abrogates-airway-fibrosis-and-airway-hyperresponsiveness-associated-with-chronic-allergic-airways-disease
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Simon G Royce, Siddharth Rele, Brad R S Broughton, Kilian Kelly, Chrishan S Samuel
Structural changes known as airway remodeling (AWR) characterize chronic/severe asthma and contribute to lung dysfunction. Thus, we assessed the in vivo efficacy of induced pluripotent stem cell and mesenchymoangioblast-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MCA-MSCs) on AWR in a murine model of chronic allergic airways disease (AAD)/asthma. Female Balb/c mice were subjected to a 9-wk model of ovalbumin (OVA)-induced chronic AAD and treated intravenously or intranasally with MCA-MSCs from weeks 9 to11. Changes in airway inflammation (AI), AWR, and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) were assessed...
June 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625537/the-developmental-stage-of-adult-human-stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-influences-transplant-efficacy-for-vision-rescue
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Richard J Davis, Nazia M Alam, Cuiping Zhao, Claudia Müller, Janmeet S Saini, Timothy A Blenkinsop, Francesca Mazzoni, Melissa Campbell, Susan M Borden, Carol J Charniga, Patty L Lederman, Vanessa Aguilar, Michael Naimark, Michael Fiske, Nathan Boles, Sally Temple, Silvia C Finnemann, Glen T Prusky, Jeffrey H Stern
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common cause of central visual loss in the elderly. Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell loss occurs early in the course of AMD and RPE cell transplantation holds promise to slow disease progression. We report that subretinal transplantation of RPE stem cell (RPESC)-derived RPE cells (RPESC-RPE) preserved vision in a rat model of RPE cell dysfunction. Importantly, the stage of differentiation that RPESC-RPE acquired prior to transplantation influenced the efficacy of vision rescue...
June 13, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625535/glial-specific-functions-of-microcephaly-protein-wdr62-and-interaction-with-the-mitotic-kinase-aurka-are-essential-for-drosophila-brain-growth
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Nicholas R Lim, Belal Shohayeb, Olga Zaytseva, Naomi Mitchell, S Sean Millard, Dominic C H Ng, Leonie M Quinn
The second most commonly mutated gene in primary microcephaly (MCPH) patients is wd40-repeat protein 62 (wdr62), but the relative contribution of WDR62 function to the growth of major brain lineages is unknown. Here, we use Drosophila models to dissect lineage-specific WDR62 function(s). Interestingly, although neural stem cell (neuroblast)-specific depletion of WDR62 significantly decreased neuroblast number, brain size was unchanged. In contrast, glial lineage-specific WDR62 depletion significantly decreased brain volume...
June 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624223/evaluation-of-mybpc3-trans-splicing-and-gene-replacement-as-therapeutic-options-in-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Maksymilian Prondzynski, Elisabeth Krämer, Sandra D Laufer, Aya Shibamiya, Ole Pless, Frederik Flenner, Oliver J Müller, Julia Münch, Charles Redwood, Arne Hansen, Monica Patten, Thomas Eschenhagen, Giulia Mearini, Lucie Carrier
Gene therapy is a promising option for severe forms of genetic diseases. We previously provided evidence for the feasibility of trans-splicing, exon skipping, and gene replacement in a mouse model of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) carrying a mutation in MYBPC3, encoding cardiac myosin-binding protein C (cMyBP-C). Here we used human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) from an HCM patient carrying a heterozygous c.1358-1359insC MYBPC3 mutation and from a healthy donor. HCM hiPSC-CMs exhibited ∼50% lower MYBPC3 mRNA and cMyBP-C protein levels than control, no truncated cMyBP-C, larger cell size, and altered gene expression, thus reproducing human HCM features...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
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