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Abraham Neelankal John, Ramesh Ram, Fang-Xu Jiang
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a global health issue and dedifferentiation plays underlying causes in the pathophysiology of T2D; however, there is a lack of understanding in the mechanism. Dedifferentiation results from the loss of function of pancreatic β-cells alongside a reduction in essential transcription factors under various physiological stressors. Our study aimed to establish db/db as an animal model for dedifferentiation by using RNA sequencing to compare the gene expression profile in islets isolated from wild-type, db/+ and db/db mice, and qPCR was performed to validate those significant genes...
March 14, 2018: Endocrine Pathology
Cindy J M Loomans, Nerys Williams Giuliani, Jeetindra Balak, Femke Ringnalda, Léon van Gurp, Meritxell Huch, Sylvia F Boj, Toshiro Sato, Lennart Kester, Susana M Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Matthias S Roost, Susan Bonner-Weir, Marten A Engelse, Ton J Rabelink, Harry Heimberg, Robert G J Vries, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Françoise Carlotti, Hans Clevers, Eelco J P de Koning
Generating an unlimited source of human insulin-producing cells is a prerequisite to advance β cell replacement therapy for diabetes. Here, we describe a 3D culture system that supports the expansion of adult human pancreatic tissue and the generation of a cell subpopulation with progenitor characteristics. These cells display high aldehyde dehydrogenase activity (ALDHhi ), express pancreatic progenitors markers (PDX1, PTF1A, CPA1, and MYC), and can form new organoids in contrast to ALDHlo cells. Interestingly, gene expression profiling revealed that ALDHhi cells are closer to human fetal pancreatic tissue compared with adult pancreatic tissue...
March 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Wanglong Qiu, Helen E Remotti, Sophia M Tang, Elizabeth Wang, Lily Dobberteen, Ayman Lee Youssof, Joo Hee Lee, Edwin C Cheung, Gloria H Su
PanINs and IPMNs are the two most common precursor lesions that can progress to invasive pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). DCLK1 has been identified as a biomarker of progenitor cells in PDA progressed from PanINs. To explore the potential role of DCLK1-expressing cells in the genesis of IPMNs, we compared the incidence of DCLK1-positive cells in pancreatic tissue samples from genetically-engineered mouse models (GEMMs) for IPMNs, PanINs, and acinar to ductal metaplasia by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence...
March 8, 2018: Cancer Letters
Gui Pan, Haojie Hao, Jianping Liu
The transplantation of insulin-producing cells (IPCs) or pancreatic progenitor cells is a theoretical therapy for diabetes with insulin insufficiency. Isolated hepatocytes from newborn rats (within 24 h after birth) were progressively induced into IPCs using 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, Trichostatin A, retinoic acid, insulin-transferrin-selenium, and nicotinamide. We transplanted Pdx1+ pancreatic progenitors into STZ-induced diabetic mice and found the decreased blood glucose and increased insulin level in comparison with diabetic model...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sarah E Brown, Karilyn E Sant, Shana M Fleischman, Olivia Venezia, Monika A Roy, Ling Zhao, Alicia R Timme-Laragy
BACKGROUND: Butylparaben (butyl p-hydroxybenzoic acid) is a common cosmetic and pharmaceutical preservative reported to induce oxidative stress and endocrine disruption. Embryonic development is sensitive to oxidative stress, with redox potentials playing critical roles in progenitor cell fate decisions. Because pancreatic beta cells have been reported to have low antioxidant gene expression, they may be sensitive targets of oxidative stress. We tested the hypotheses that butylparaben causes oxidative stress in the developing embryo, and that pancreatic beta cells are a sensitive target of butylparaben embryotoxicity...
March 8, 2018: Birth Defects Research
Mahmoud Hashemi Tabar, Mohammad Reza Tabandeh, Eskandar Moghimipour, Dian Dayer, Ata A Ghadiri, Elham Allah Bakhshi, Mahmoud Orazizadeh, Mohammad Ali Ghafari
Pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1 (Pdx1) and Sonic hedgehog (Shh) are the key regulators of beta-cell function. In vitro experiments have shown that there is significant cooperation between Pdx1 and Shh with regard to the production and maintenance of insulin-producing cells (IPCs). In this study, the combined effect of Pdx1 overexpression and Shh manipulation on the function of adipose tissue-derived IPCs was determined. A eukaryotic expression vector ( Pdx1- pCDNA3.1(+)) was constructed and transfected into a Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Thomas Robert, Ines De Mesmaeker, Geert M Stangé, Krista G Suenens, Zhidong Ling, Evert J Kroon, Daniel G Pipeleers
Human stem cells represent a potential source for implants that replace the depleted functional beta cell mass (FBM) in diabetes patients. Human embryonic stem cell-derived pancreatic endoderm (hES-PE) can generate implants with glucose-responsive beta cells capable of reducing hyperglycemia in mice. This study with device-encapsulated hES-PE (4 × 106 cells/mouse) determines the biologic characteristics at which implants establish metabolic control during a 50-week follow-up. A metabolically adequate FBM was achieved by (1) formation of a sufficient beta cell number (>0...
February 22, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Mirza Muhammad Fahd Qadir, Silvia Álvarez-Cubela, Dagmar Klein, Giacomo Lanzoni, Carlos García-Santana, Abelardo Montalvo, Fabiola Pláceres-Uray, Emilia Maria Cristina Mazza, Camillo Ricordi, Luca Alessandro Inverardi, Ricardo Luis Pastori, Juan Domínguez-Bendala
Treatment of human pancreatic non-endocrine tissue with Bone Morphogenetic Protein 7 (BMP-7) leads to the formation of glucose-responsive β-like cells. Here, we show that BMP-7 acts on extrainsular cells expressing PDX1 and the BMP receptor activin-like kinase 3 (ALK3/BMPR1A). In vitro lineage tracing indicates that ALK3+ cell populations are multipotent. PDX1+ /ALK3+ cells are absent from islets but prominently represented in the major pancreatic ducts and pancreatic duct glands. We identified the purinergic receptor P2Y1 (P2RY1) as a surrogate surface marker for PDX1...
February 27, 2018: Cell Reports
Seyed Ehsan Enderami, Mousa Kehtari, Mohammad Foad Abazari, Pegah Ghoraeian, Maryam Nouri Aleagha, Fatemeh Soleimanifar, Masoud Soleimani, Yousef Mortazavi, Samad Nadri, Hossein Mostafavi, Hassan Askari
Pancreatic tissue engineering as a therapeutic option for restoring and maintenance of damaged pancreas function has a special focus to using synthetic Scaffolds. This study was designed to evaluate pancreatic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) on poly-L-lactic acid and polyvinyl alcohol (PLLA/PVA) scaffolds as 3 D matrix. During differentiation process, morphology of cells gradually changed and iPSCs derived insulin producing cells (iPSCs-IPCs) formed spherical shaped cell aggregation that was the typical shape of islets of pancreas...
February 27, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Sugandha Saxena, Yuri Hayashi, Lingyun Wu, Mohammad Awaji, Pranita Atri, Michelle L Varney, Abhilasha Purohit, Satyanarayana Rachagani, Surinder K Batra, Rakesh K Singh
Semaphorin-5A (SEMA5A) has differential cell surface expression between normal and cancer cells and represents an attractive target for therapeutic intervention in pancreatic cancer (PC). In this study, we delineated the pathological expression and significance of SEMA5A during PC progression and metastasis. We utilized human tissue microarrays and different PC mouse models (Pdx1-cre; LSL- Kras(G12D) , Pdx1-Cre; LSL-Kras(G12D) ; LSL-p53(R172H) and RIP1-Tag2) to analyze SEMA5A expression during PC progression...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Eiji Yamato
OBJECTIVE: Histone deacytylase inhibitors (HDACis) inhibit the deacetylation of the lysine residue of proteins, including histones, and regulate the transcription of a variety of genes. Recently, HDACis have been used clinically as anti-cancer drugs and possible anti-diabetic drugs. Even though HDACis have been proven to protect the cytokine-induced damage of pancreatic beta cells, evidence also shows that high doses of HDACis are cytotoxic. In the present study, we, therefore, investigated the eff ect of HDACis on insulin secretion in a pancreatic beta cell line...
January 1, 2018: Endocrine Regulations
Mona G Amer, Azza S Embaby, Rehab A Karam, Marwa G Amer
Generation of new β cells is an important approach in the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus (type 1 DM). Adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) might be one of the best sources for cell replacement therapy for diabetes. Therefore, this work aimed to test the possible role of transplanted insulin-producing cells (IPCs) differentiated from ADSCs in treatment of streptozotocin (STZ) induced type I DM in rats. Type 1 DM was induced by single intra peritoneal injection with STZ (50 mg/kg BW). Half of the diabetic rats were left without treatment and the other half were injected with differentiated IPCs directly into the pancreas...
February 13, 2018: Gene
Neil C Talbot, Amy E Shannon, Caitlin E Phillips, Wesley M Garrett
The adaptation to feeder-independent growth of a pig embryonic stem cell-derived pancreatic cell line is described. The parental PICM-31 cell line, previously characterized as an exocrine pancreas cell line, was colony-cloned two times in succession resulting in the derivative cell line, PICM-31A1. PICM-31A1 cells were adapted to growth on a polymerized collagen matrix using feeder cell-conditioned medium and were designated PICM-31FF. Like the parental cells, the PICM-31FF cells were small and grew relatively slowly in closely knit colonies that eventually coalesced into a continuous monolayer...
February 13, 2018: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Jens Waldmann, Volker Fendrich, Martin Reichert, Andreas Hecker, Detlef K Bartsch, Winfried Padberg, Julia P N Holler
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is among the most dismal of human malignancies. Neuropeptides have shown to be implicated in angiogenesis, tumor growth, and formation of distant metastases in various solid tumors. In the present study, we used a genetically engineered mouse model of pancreatic cancer to evaluate the impact of neuropeptide Y (NPY) and its receptors 1 (Y1) and 2 (Y2) in preneoplastic lesions and pancreatic cancer as a potential target with antiproliferative properties...
March 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Abhay Srivastava, Nidheesh Dadheech, Mitul Vakani, Sarita Gupta
In the present study, Swertisin's role in triggering resident pancreatic progenitors for islet neogenesis in Streptozotocin (STZ) diabetic mice was explored. STZ diabetic mice when treated with Swertisin demonstrated reversion to normoglycemia and significant elevation of fasting serum insulin levels. On screening the pancreatic tissue post Swertisin treatment in the STZ diabetic mice, we observed significant up-regulation of key transcription factors viz. Pdx1, Neurog3, MafA and Nkx6.1 required for islet neogenesis and beta cell homeostasis...
February 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Abraham Neelankal John, Fang-Xu Jiang
One significant health issue that plagues contemporary society is that of Type 2 diabetes (T2D). This disease is characterised by higher-than-average blood glucose levels as a result of a combination of insulin resistance and insufficient insulin secretions from the β-cells of pancreatic islets of Langerhans. Previous developmental research into the pancreas has identified how early precursor genes of pancreatic β-cells, such as Cpal, Ngn3, NeuroD, Ptf1a, and cMyc, play an essential role in the differentiation of these cells...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Xianming Wang, Michael Sterr, Ingo Burtscher, Shen Chen, Anja Hieronimus, Fausto Machicao, Harald Staiger, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Gabriele Lederer, Thomas Meitinger, Filippo M Cernilogar, Gunnar Schotta, Martin Irmler, Johannes Beckers, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Michael Ray, Christopher V E Wright, Mostafa Bakhti, Heiko Lickert
OBJECTIVE: Homozygous loss-of-function mutations in the gene coding for the homeobox transcription factor (TF) PDX1 leads to pancreatic agenesis, whereas heterozygous mutations can cause Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young 4 (MODY4). Although the function of Pdx1 is well studied in pre-clinical models during insulin-producing β-cell development and homeostasis, it remains elusive how this TF controls human pancreas development by regulating a downstream transcriptional program. Also, comparative studies of PDX1 binding patterns in pancreatic progenitors and adult β-cells have not been conducted so far...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
Jin-Dan Kang, Hyojin Kim, Long Jin, Qing Guo, Cheng-Du Cui, Wen-Xue Li, Seokjoong Kim, Jin-Soo Kim, Xi-Jun Yin
Pancreatic and duodenal homeobox 1 (PDX1) plays a crucial role in pancreas development, β-cell differentiation, and maintenance of mature β-cell function. In this study, we designed a strategy to produce PDX1-knockout (KO) pigs. A transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) pair targeting exon 1 of the swine PDX1 gene was constructed. Porcine fetal fibroblasts (PFFs) were transfected with the TALEN plasmids plus a surrogate reporter plasmid. PDX1-mutated PFFs were enriched by magnetic separation and used to produce homozygous PDX1-KO pigs via a two-step somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) cloning process...
December 29, 2017: Oncotarget
Volker Fendrich, Frederike Jendryschek, Saskia Beeck, Max Albers, Matthias Lauth, Farzad Esni, Kristin Heeger, Janina Dengler, Emily P Slater, Julia P N Holler, Aninja Baier, Detlef K Bartsch, Jens Waldmann
Pancreatic cancer (PDAC) is one of the most dismal of human malignancies. Inhibiting or delaying the progression of precursor lesions of PDAC, pancreatic intraepthial neoplasia (PanINs), to invasive cancer, would be a major step. In the present study, we used a transgenic murine model of pancreatic cancer to evaluate the impact of a conditional knockout of the transcription factor Snail1, a major factor in epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, on acinar-to-ductal formation and on PanIN progression. By interbreeding conditional LsL-Snail floxf/wt ; LsL-Kras G12D and Pdx1-Cre strains, we obtained LsL-Kras G12D ;Pdx1-Cre(KP) mice, Snail1 heterozygous knockout LsL-Kras G12D ; LsL-Snail flox/- ;Pdx1-Cre(KPShet) mice or Snail1 homozygous knockout LsL-Kras G12D ;LsL-Snail flox/flox ;Pdx1-Cre(KPS) mice...
January 25, 2018: Oncogene
Bushra Memon, Manale Karam, Sara Al-Khawaga, Essam M Abdelalim
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic progenitors (PPs) co-expressing the two transcription factors (TFs) PDX1 and NKX6.1 are recognized as the indispensable precursors of functional pancreatic β cells. Here, we aimed to establish an efficient protocol for maximizing generation of PDX1+/NKX6.1+ PPs from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). METHODS: In order to enhance the PDX1+/NKX6.1+ population, we manipulated in vitro culture conditions during differentiation by dissociating densely formed endodermal cells and re-plating them at different densities...
January 23, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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