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A pivotal role of androgen signaling in Notch-responsive cells in prostate development, maturation, and regeneration.

Differentiation 2019 Mar 22;107:1-10. Epub 2019 Mar 22.

Department of Cancer Biology, Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope, Duarte, CA 91010, USA; Department of Urology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305-5328, USA. Electronic address:

Androgen signaling is essential for prostate development, morphogenesis, and regeneration. Emerging evidence also indicates a regulatory role of Notch signaling in prostate development, differentiation, and growth. However, the collaborative regulatory mechanisms of androgen and Notch signaling during prostate development, growth, and regeneration are largely unknown. Read More

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The role of extracellular matrix on liver stem cell fate: A dynamic relationship in health and disease.

Differentiation 2019 Mar - Apr;106:49-56. Epub 2019 Mar 8.

Health Research Institute of Aragón (IIS Aragón), Zaragoza, Spain; Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Hepáticas y Digestivas (CIBERehd), Spain; Health Research Institute of Jiménez Díaz Foundation (IIS FJD), Madrid, Spain; Biomedical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. Electronic address:

The liver stem cell niche is a specialized and dynamic microenvironment with biomechanical and biochemical characteristics that regulate stem cell behavior. This is feasible due to the coordination of a complex network of secreted factors, small molecules, neural, blood inputs and extracellular matrix (ECM) components involved in the regulation of stem cell fate (self-renewal, survival, and differentiation into more mature phenotypes like hepatocytes and cholangiocytes). In this review, we describe and summarize all the major components that play essential roles in the liver stem cell niche, in particular, growth factor signaling and the biomechanical properties of the ECM. Read More

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The role of cellular interactions in the induction of hepatocyte polarity and functional maturation in stem cell-derived hepatic cells.

Differentiation 2019 Mar - Apr;106:42-48. Epub 2019 Mar 2.

Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA. Electronic address:

The unique microenvironment found within the liver in vivo plays a key role in the induction of functional maturation in the developing hepatocyte. During organogenesis, hepatocytes acquire a polar phenotype that allows them to perform their functions of bile production and transport, protein synthesis, metabolism, and detoxification simultaneously, independently, and efficiently. It is thought that the induction of polarity and functional maturation in hepatocytes is dependent on the complex interplay of cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions. Read More

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March 2019
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Development of myofibres and associated connective tissues in fish axial muscle: Recent insights and future perspectives.

Differentiation 2019 Mar - Apr;106:35-41. Epub 2019 Mar 5.

Inra, UR1037 - Laboratoire de Physiologie et Génomique des Poissons, Campus de Beaulieu - Bât 16A, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France. Electronic address:

Fish axial muscle consists of a series of W-shaped muscle blocks, called myomeres, that are composed primarily of multinucleated contractile muscle cells (myofibres) gathered together by an intricate network of connective tissue that transmits forces generated by myofibre contraction to the axial skeleton. This review summarises current knowledge on the successive and overlapping myogenic waves contributing to axial musculature formation and growth in fish. Additionally, this review presents recent insights into muscle connective tissue development in fish, focusing on the early formation of collagenous myosepta separating adjacent myomeres and the late formation of intramuscular connective sheaths (i. Read More

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Matrix metalloproteinase-dependent regulation of extracellular matrix shapes the structure of sexually differentiating mouse gonads.

Differentiation 2019 Mar - Apr;106:23-34. Epub 2019 Mar 2.

Univ Rennes, CNRS, Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes, UMR 6290, Cell Cycle Group, Faculty of Medicine, F-35000, Rennes, France; Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (WIHE), Warsaw, Poland.

The extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins play an important role in the establishment of the sex-dependent structure of developing gonads. The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are the major players in the regulation of ECM. Our hypothesis was that the MMPs-dependent regulation of EMC is crucial for the establishment of the correct, either testis or ovary, structure of developing gonad. Read More

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March 2019
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Stem-cell derived hepatocyte-like cells for the assessment of drug-induced liver injury.

Differentiation 2019 Mar - Apr;106:15-22. Epub 2019 Feb 19.

Unidad de Hepatología Experimental, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe, Valencia, 46026, Spain.

Drug-induced liver injury is a major cause of drug discovery failure in clinical trials and a leading cause of liver disease. Current preclinical drug testing does not predict hepatotoxicity which highlights the importance of developing highly predictive cell-based models. The use of stem cell technology and differentiation into hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) could provide a stable source of hepatocytes for multiple applications, including drug screening. Read More

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February 2019

Hepatic progenitors of the fetal liver: Interactions with hematopoietic stem cells.

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Eva Schmelzer

Differentiation 2019 Mar - Apr;106:9-14. Epub 2019 Feb 22.

Department of Surgery, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 3025 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, USA. Electronic address:

The aim of this review is to summarize and give an overview on the findings of signaling between hepatic and hematopoietic progenitors of the liver. To date, there are not many findings published in the field, and the aim of this review is to cover all current publications in this area. The liver is the main site of hematopoiesis during fetal development. Read More

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February 2019

Paradoxical effects of the epigenetic modifiers 5-aza-deoxycytidine and suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid on adipogenesis.

Differentiation 2019 Mar - Apr;106:1-8. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Department of Applied Biology, College of Sciences, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, 27272, United Arab Emirates.

Adipogenesis is an important biological process that is linked to obesity and metabolic disorders. On the other hand, fat regeneration is crucial as a restorative approach following mastectomy or severe burn injury. Furthermore, optimizing an in-vitro model of adipogenesis, which would help in understanding the possible effects and/or side effects of fat-soluble drugs and anti-obesity remedies, in addition to the developmental studies. Read More

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February 2019
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The interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic Wnt signaling in controlling intestinal transformation.

Differentiation 2019 Feb 14. Epub 2019 Feb 14.

Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, LEXOR, Center for Experimental and Molecular Medicine, Cancer Center Amsterdam and Amsterdam Gastroenterology & Metabolism, Meibergdreef 9, 1105AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands. Electronic address:

The intestinal epithelial layer is the fastest renewing tissue in the human body. Due to its incredible turnover rate, the intestine is especially prone to develop cancer, in particular in the colon. Colorectal cancer (CRC) development is characterized by the stepwise accumulation of mutations over time, of which mutations in the tumor suppressor APC are often very early to occur. Read More

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February 2019
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Some chemotactic mutants can be progress through development in chimeric populations.

Differentiation 2019 Jan - Feb;105:71-79. Epub 2019 Feb 8.

Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tennodai, 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572, Japan. Electronic address:

Cell migration in response to morphogen gradients affects morphogenesis. Chemotaxis towards adenosine 3', 5'-monophosphate (cAMP) is essential for the early stage of morphogenesis in the slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. Here, we show that D. Read More

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February 2019

Hepatic differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells by developmental stage-related metabolomics products.

Differentiation 2019 Jan - Feb;105:54-70. Epub 2019 Jan 28.

Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA; Marion Bessin Liver Research Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA; Department of Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA; Diabetes Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA; Irwin S. and Sylvia Chanin Institute for Cancer Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA; Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461, USA. Electronic address:

Endogenous cell signals regulate tissue homeostasis and are significant for directing the fate of stem cells. During liver development, cytokines released from various cell types are critical for stem/progenitor cell differentiation and lineage expansions. To determine mechanisms in these stage-specific lineage interactions, we modeled potential effects of soluble signals derived from immortalized human fetal liver parenchymal cells on stem cells, including embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. Read More

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January 2019
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Wnt signaling in intestinal inflammation.

Differentiation 2019 Jan 24. Epub 2019 Jan 24.

Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine (WCMM), Linköping University, S-581 85 Linköping, Sweden; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE), Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, S-581 85 Linköping, Sweden. Electronic address:

Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, are a major health burden worldwide. Numerous conserved signaling pathways control tissue injury and repair during colitis, but owing to the complexity of the inflammatory process, their individual contribution remains poorly understood. A key regulatory pathway in the intestinal mucosa is Wnt/β-catenin signaling, which acts as the central organizer of epithelial stem cell identity and maintenance. Read More

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January 2019
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Assessment of iPSC teratogenicity throughout directed differentiation toward an alveolar-like phenotype.

Differentiation 2019 Jan - Feb;105:45-53. Epub 2019 Jan 24.

Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA; Department of Surgery, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT, USA. Electronic address:

Considerable work has gone into creating cell therapies from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) since their discovery just over a decade ago. However, comparatively little research has been done concerning the safety of iPSCs and their progeny and specifically the mechanisms governing teratogenicity. The aim of this study was to ascertain at what developmental phase iPSCs undergoing differentiation to an alveolar-like phenotype lose their capacity to form a teratoma and uncover potential mechanisms responsible. Read More

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January 2019

A contemporary snapshot of intestinal stem cells and their regulation.

Differentiation 2019 Jan 25. Epub 2019 Jan 25.

A⁎STAR Institute of Medical Biology, 138648 Singapore, Singapore; Cancer Research Institute, Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa 920-1192, Japan; Centre for Regenerative Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK; School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 308232, Singapore. Electronic address:

Intestinal stem cells (ISCs) marked by Lgr5 are located at the bottom of the epithelial crypt compartment. Canonical Wnt signaling, activated by Wnt/Rspo ligands, determines the stem cell identity of Lgr5 + ISCs and is strictly regulated by the ISC niche. Emerging evidence indicates that both epithelial and stromal compartments provide the requisite Wnt/Rspo ligands, confining the ISC niche to the lower crypt regions of the intestine. Read More

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January 2019
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Stromal control of intestinal development and the stem cell niche.

Differentiation 2019 Jan 8. Epub 2019 Jan 8.

Program in Cancer and Stem Cell Biology, Duke-NUS Medical School, 169857 Singapore, Singapore; Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC 27703, USA. Electronic address:

Intestinal homeostasis is dependent on the continuous production of differentiated epithelial cells from a sustainable and resilient stem cell compartment. Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays a central role in this process, cooperating with R-spondins, growth factors and regulators of the TGF-β/BMP pathway to generate a specialized tissue microenvironment that regulates the intestinal stem cell niche. Recent studies revealed that many of these factors are produced in a paracrine manner by specialized cell populations that reside in the subepithelial stroma. Read More

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January 2019
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Connexin 43 is involved in early differentiation of human embryonic stem cells.

Differentiation 2019 Jan - Feb;105:33-44. Epub 2018 Dec 19.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China; Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Fertility Regulation, The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, China. Electronic address:

Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) is important for maintaining the pluripotency of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESC). However, human ESC (hESC) have a high level of connexin (Cx) molecules with unknown function. In this study, we found that the major Cx molecule, Cx43, was highly expressed in undifferentiated hESC. Read More

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December 2018
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Phospholipase A2 products predict the hematopoietic support capacity of horse serum.

Differentiation 2019 Jan - Feb;105:27-32. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Hematology and Oncology, Medical Faculty, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.

Horse serum is commonly used as an additive to support the maintenance of hematopoietic progenitor cells in culture. However, the wide variability in the performance of different lots calls for parallel testing of multiple batches over extended periods of culture. Identification of the serum components that determine hematopoietic support would therefore save considerable time and effort and would help to standardize culture procedures. Read More

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December 2018
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Mesenchymal stromal cells isolated from human fetal liver release soluble factors with a potential role in liver tissue repair.

Differentiation 2019 Jan - Feb;105:14-26. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Department of Research, IRCCS-ISMETT, Palermo, Italy.

We isolated a population of proliferating cells from cultured human fetal hepatocytes of 16-22 weeks gestational age. The cells shared a similar phenotype to that of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) according to the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), including plastic adherence, antigen expression profile, and in vitro multilineage differentiation potential. Fetal liver (FL)-MSCs expressed the albumin gene, and harbored a subpopulation of CK18 cells (20-40%), which defined their hepatic origin. Read More

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December 2018
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Fractionation of embryonic cardiac progenitor cells and evaluation of their differentiation potential.

Differentiation 2019 Jan - Feb;105:1-13. Epub 2018 Nov 23.

Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University, Sir Charles Tupper Building, 5850 College Street, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2. Electronic address:

Mid-gestation mouse ventricles (E11.5) contain a larger number of Nkx2.5 cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs). Read More

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November 2018
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Designer macrophages: Pitfalls and opportunities for modelling macrophage phenotypes from pluripotent stem cells.

Differentiation 2018 Nov - Dec;104:42-49. Epub 2018 Oct 16.

The Centre for Stem Cell Systems, MDHS, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia; The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia. Electronic address:

Macrophages are phagocytic immune cells resident in every tissue that are not only important for host defence, but are also involved in tissue homeostasis, injury, and disease. Despite increasingly sophisticated methods for in vitro macrophage isolation, expansion and activation over the past three decades, these have largely been restricted to modelling bone-marrow or blood-derived cells. The in vitro derivation of macrophages from human pluripotent stem cells provides new opportunities to study macrophage biology, including the factors that impact human myeloid development and those that induce macrophage activation. Read More

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October 2018
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NR2F1 mediated down-regulation of osteoblast differentiation was rescued by bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) in human MSC.

Differentiation 2018 Nov - Dec;104:36-41. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

Stem Cell Unit, Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh 11461, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Electronic address:

Endochondral ossification is the process by which long bones are formed; the process of long bone formation is regulated by numerous factors such as transcription factors, cytokines, and extracellular matrix molecules. Human hormone Nuclear receptors (hHNR) are a family of ligand-regulated transcription factors that are activated by steroid hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, and various lipid-soluble signals, including retinoic acid, oxysterols, and thyroid hormone. Whole genome microarray data from our previous study revealed that most hHNR's are up-regulated during osteoblast differentiation in hMSCS. Read More

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October 2018
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The renaissance of human skin organ culture: A critical reappraisal.

Differentiation 2018 Nov - Dec;104:22-35. Epub 2018 Oct 16.

Department of Dermatology, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China. Electronic address:

Human skin organ culture (hSOC) is a simple but highly instructive and clinically relevant skin research method. It has been used for decades to study the development, differentiation, and function as well as the response to wounding or test agents of intact human skin in the presence of its appendages and all resident cell populations. hSOC has also proven useful in toxicological and oncological studies and studies of skin aging (both chronological aging and photoaging), skin energy metabolism, skin immunology, pigmentation biology, and cutaneous (neuro-)endocrinology and neurobiology. Read More

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October 2018
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Immunohistochemical expression analysis of the human fetal lower urogenital tract.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:100-119. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States; Division of Pediatric Urology, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco, CA, United States. Electronic address:

We have studied the ontogeny of the developing human male and female urogenital tracts from 9 weeks (indifferent stage) to 16 weeks (advanced sex differentiation) of gestation by immunohistochemistry on mid-sagittal sections. Sixteen human fetal pelvises were serial sectioned in the sagittal plane and stained with antibodies to epithelial, muscle, nerve, proliferation and hormone receptor markers. Key findings are: (1) The corpus cavernosum in males and females extends into the glans penis and clitoris, respectively, during the ambisexual stage (9 weeks) and thus appears to be an androgen-independent event. Read More

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September 2018
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Optimal human iPS cell culture method for efficient hepatic differentiation.

Differentiation 2018 Nov - Dec;104:13-21. Epub 2018 Sep 24.

Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University, Osaka 565-0871, Japan; Laboratory of Hepatocyte Regulation, National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition, Osaka 567-0085, Japan; Global Center for Medical Engineering and Informatics, Osaka University, Osaka 565-0871, Japan. Electronic address:

Hepatocyte-like cells differentiated from human iPS cells are expected to be utilized in pharmaceutical research and regenerative medicine. Recently, various culture methods for human iPS cell maintenance have been developed. However, it is not well known whether human iPS cell maintenance method affects hepatic differentiation potency. Read More

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September 2018
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Development of human male and female urogenital tracts.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:1-4. Epub 2018 Sep 13.

University of California, San Francisco, Department of Urology, San Francisco, CA 94143, United States.

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September 2018
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Three-dimensional imaging of the developing human fetal urogenital-genital tract: Indifferent stage to male and female differentiation.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:14-23. Epub 2018 Sep 13.

Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA; Division of Pediatric Urology, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, 550 16th St, 5th Floor, Mission Hall Pediatric Urology, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA. Electronic address:

Recent studies in our lab have utilized three imaging techniques to visualize the developing human fetal urogenital tract in three dimensions: optical projection tomography, scanning electron microscopy and lightsheet fluorescence microscopy. We have applied these technologies to examine changes in morphology and differential gene expression in developing human external genital specimens from the ambisexual stage (<9 weeks fetal age) to well-differentiated male and female organs (>13 weeks fetal age). This work outlines the history and function of each of these three imaging modalities, our methods to prepare specimens for each and the novel findings we have produced thus far. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6234091PMC
September 2018
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Development of the human penis and clitoris.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:74-85. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

UCSF, USA.

The human penis and clitoris develop from the ambisexual genital tubercle. To compare and contrast the development of human penis and clitoris, we used macroscopic photography, optical projection tomography, light sheet microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, histology and immunohistochemistry. The human genital tubercle differentiates into a penis under the influence of androgens forming a tubular urethra that develops by canalization of the urethral plate to form a wide diamond-shaped urethral groove (opening zipper) whose edges (urethral folds) fuse in the midline (closing zipper). Read More

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August 2018
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Human glans and preputial development.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:86-99. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

UCSF, USA. Electronic address:

The urethra within the human penile shaft develops via (1) an "Opening Zipper" that facilitates distal canalization of the solid urethral plate to form a wide urethral groove and (2) a "Closing Zipper" that facilitates fusion of the epithelial surfaces of the urethral folds. Herein, we extend our knowledge by describing formation of the human urethra within the glans penis as well as development of the prepuce. Forty-eight normal human fetal penile specimens were examined using scanning electron microscopy and optical projection tomography. Read More

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August 2018
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Macroscopic whole-mounts of the developing human fetal urogenital-genital tract: Indifferent stage to male and female differentiation.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:5-13. Epub 2018 Aug 30.

Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States; Division of Pediatric Urology, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco, CA, United States. Electronic address:

We present a detailed review of fetal development of the male and female human urogenital tract from 8 to 22 weeks gestation at the macroscopic and morphometric levels. Human fetal specimens were sexed based on macroscopic identification of fetal testes or ovaries, Wolffian or Müllerian structures and the presence of the SRY gene in the specimens at or near the indifferent stage (8-9 weeks). Specimens were photographed using a dissecting microscope with transmitted and reflected light. Read More

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August 2018
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Development of the human female reproductive tract.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:46-65. Epub 2018 Sep 6.

Department of Urology, University of California, 400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.

Development of the human female reproductive tract is reviewed from the ambisexual stage to advanced development of the uterine tube, uterine corpus, uterine cervix and vagina at 22 weeks. Historically this topic has been under-represented in the literature, and for the most part is based upon hematoxylin and eosin stained sections. Recent immunohistochemical studies for PAX2 (reactive with Müllerian epithelium) and FOXA1 (reactive with urogenital sinus epithelium and its known pelvic derivatives) shed light on an age-old debate on the derivation of vaginal epithelium supporting the idea that human vaginal epithelium derives solely from urogenital sinus epithelium. Read More

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September 2018
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Development of the human bladder and ureterovesical junction.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:66-73. Epub 2018 Aug 28.

Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Division of Pediatric Urology, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco, CA 94143, United States. Electronic address:

The urinary bladder collects urine from the kidneys and stores it until the appropriate moment for voiding. The trigone and ureterovesical junctions are key to bladder function, by allowing one-way passage of urine into the bladder without obstruction. Embryological development of these structures has been studied in multiple animal models as well as humans. Read More

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August 2018
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Development of the human prostate.

Differentiation 2018 Sep - Oct;103:24-45. Epub 2018 Sep 4.

Department of Urology, University of California, 400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, United States.

This paper provides a detailed compilation of human prostatic development that includes human fetal prostatic gross anatomy, histology, and ontogeny of selected epithelial and mesenchymal differentiation markers and signaling molecules throughout the stages of human prostatic development: (a) pre-bud urogenital sinus (UGS), (b) emergence of solid prostatic epithelial buds from urogenital sinus epithelium (UGE), (c) bud elongation and branching, (d) canalization of the solid epithelial cords, (e) differentiation of luminal and basal epithelial cells, and (f) secretory cytodifferentiation. Additionally, we describe the use of xenografts to assess the actions of androgens and estrogens on human fetal prostatic development. In this regard, we report a new model of de novo DHT-induction of prostatic development from xenografts of human fetal female urethras, which emphasizes the utility of the xenograft approach for investigation of initiation of human prostatic development. Read More

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September 2018
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The role of E2F1-topoIIβ signaling in regulation of cell cycle exit and neuronal differentiation of human SH-SY5Y cells.

Differentiation 2018 Nov - Dec;104:1-12. Epub 2018 Jul 25.

Department of Human Anatomy, Hebei Medical University, Hebei, PR China.

This study aims to test the role of E2F1-topoIIβ signaling in neuronal differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells. With retinoic acid (RA) induction, a high percentage of cells were found to be arrested at the G/G phase, with decreased levels of cyclinD1, CDK4, phosphorylation status of pRb and E2F1, in addition to an elevated level of p27. The cells were shown to differentiate into neuronal phenotypes characterized by highly expressed neuronal markers, MAP2 and enriched topoIIβ, and remarkable neurite outgrowth. Read More

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July 2018
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Presenilin gene function and Notch signaling feedback regulation in the developing mouse lens.

Differentiation 2018 Jul - Aug;102:40-52. Epub 2018 Jul 25.

Department of Cell Biology & Human Anatomy; University of California, Davis One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA; Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Research Foundation, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA. Electronic address:

Presenilins (Psen1 and Psen2 in mice) are polytopic transmembrane proteins that act in the γ-secretase complex to make intra-membrane cleavages of their substrates, including the well-studied Notch receptors. Such processing releases the Notch intracellular domain, allowing it to physically relocate from the cell membrane to the nucleus where it acts in a transcriptional activating complex to regulate downstream genes in the signal-receiving cell. Previous studies of Notch pathway mutants for Jagged1, Notch2, and Rbpj demonstrated that canonical signaling is a necessary component of normal mouse lens development. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6089524PMC
November 2018
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Comparison of phenotypes and transcriptomes of mouse skin-derived precursors and dermal mesenchymal stem cells.

Differentiation 2018 Jul - Aug;102:30-39. Epub 2018 Jul 20.

Department of Dermatology and Venerology, Huaxi Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, PR China. Electronic address:

Both skin-derived precursors (SKPs) and dermal mesenchymal stem cells (dMSCs) are promising candidates for cellular therapy and regenerative medicine. To date the comparison of phenotypes and transcriptomes of mouse SKPs (mSKPs) and dMSCs has never been reported. Here we characterized and compared the biological properties and transcriptomes of mSKP and dMSCs from the same mouse dermis sample. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2018.07.001DOI Listing
November 2018
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Telomere regulation.

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Brian Luke

Differentiation 2018 Jul - Aug;102:27-29. Epub 2018 Jun 30.

Institute of Neurobiology and Developmental Biology, Johannes Gutenberg University, IMB-Mainz, Ackermannweg 4, 55128 Mainz, Germany. Electronic address:

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November 2018
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Interstitial telomeric loops and implications of the interaction between TRF2 and lamin A/C.

Differentiation 2018 Jul - Aug;102:19-26. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. Electronic address:

The protein-DNA complexes that compose the end of mammalian chromosomes-telomeres-serve to stabilize linear genomic DNA and are involved in cellular and organismal aging. One mechanism that protects telomeres from premature degradation is the formation of structures called t-loops, in which the single-stranded 3' overhang present at the terminal end of telomeres loops back and invades medial double-stranded telomeric DNA. We identified looped structures formed between terminal chromosome ends and interstitial telomeric sequences (ITSs), which are found throughout the human genome, that we have termed interstitial telomeric loops (ITLs). Read More

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November 2018
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Contrasting mechanisms of penile urethral formation in mouse and human.

Differentiation 2018 May - Jun;101:46-64. Epub 2018 May 17.

Department of Urology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, United States. Electronic address:

This paper addresses the developmental mechanisms of formation of the mouse and human penile urethra and the possibility that two disparate mechanisms are at play. It has been suggested that the entire penile urethra of the mouse forms via direct canalization of the endodermal urethral plate. While this mechanism surely accounts for development of the proximal portion of the mouse penile urethra, we suggest that the distal portion of the mouse penile urethra forms via a series of epithelial fusion events. Read More

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November 2018
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Glucocorticoid-induced pancreatic-hepatic trans-differentiation in a human cell line in vitro.

Differentiation 2018 Jul - Aug;102:10-18. Epub 2018 May 22.

Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Level 4 William Leech Building, Medical School, Framlington Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK. Electronic address:

The rodent pancreatic AR42J-B13 (B-13) cell line differentiates into non-replicative hepatocyte-like cells in response to glucocorticoid mediated via the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). The aims of this study were to identify a human cell line that responds similarly and investigate the mechanisms underpinning any alteration in differentiation. Exposing the human pancreatic adenocarcinoma (HPAC) cell line to 1-10 µM concentrations of dexamethasone (DEX) resulted an inhibition of proliferation, suppressed carcinoembryonic antigen expression, limited expression of pancreatic acinar and hepatic gene expression and significant induction of the constitutively-expressed hepatic CYP3A5 mRNA transcript. Read More

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November 2018
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Epha2 and Efna5 participate in lens cell pattern-formation.

Differentiation 2018 Jul - Aug;102:1-9. Epub 2018 May 17.

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA. Electronic address:

Ephrin type-A receptor 2 (EPHA2) and one of its ligands, ephrin-A5 (EFNA5), have been associated with loss of eye lens transparency, or cataract, - an important cause of visual impairment. Here we show that mice functionally lacking EPHA2 (Epha2-null), EFNA5 (Efna5-null), or both receptor and ligand (Epha2/Efna5-null) consistently develop mostly transparent lenses with an internal refractive disturbance and a grossly disturbed cellular architecture. In situ hybridization localized Epha2 and Efna5 transcripts to lens epithelial cells and nascent fiber cells at the lens equator. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6287607PMC
November 2018
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Tissue interactions and estrogenic response during human female fetal reproductive tract development.

Differentiation 2018 May - Jun;101:39-45. Epub 2018 Apr 18.

Department of Urology, University of California, 400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, United States.

The role of tissue interactions was explored to determine whether epithelial differentiation within the developing human reproductive tract is induced and specified by mesenchyme in tissue recombinants composed of mouse vaginal mesenchyme + human uterine tubal epithelium (mVgM+hTubE). The tissue recombinants were grown in DES-treated ovariectomized athymic mice. After 2-4 weeks of in vivo growth, several vaginal specific features were expressed in the human tubal epithelium. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2018.04.002DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5993605PMC
November 2018
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Development of urogenital system in the Spix cavy: A model for studies on sexual differentiation.

Differentiation 2018 May - Jun;101:25-38. Epub 2018 Apr 13.

Department of Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Sao Paulo, Av. Prof. Dr. Orlando Marques de Paiva, 87 ZC, 05508-270 São Paulo-SP, Brazil. Electronic address:

This study documented, for the first time, the morphological patterns of differentiation of male and female genital organs of Spix cavy (Galea spixii) using histological and ultrastructural analyses, with immuno-localization of steroidogenic enzymes, cytochromes P450 aromatase (P450arom) and 17α-hydroxylase/17, 20-lyase (P450c17), involved in the synthesis of estrogens and androgens respectively throughout fetal sexual development. Undifferentiated gonads of Spix cavy develop into ovaries in females after 25 days of gestation (DG), exhibiting P450arom immunoreactivity. After 25 DG, paramesonephric ducts develop and form oviducts, uterine horns and cranial portion of the vagina. Read More

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November 2018
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Differentiation of hepatocyte-like cells from human pluripotent stem cells using small molecules.

Differentiation 2018 May - Jun;101:16-24. Epub 2018 Mar 27.

Schiff Center for Liver Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136, United States.

A variety of approaches have been developed for the derivation of hepatocyte-like cells from pluripotent stem cells. Currently, most of these strategies employ step-wise differentiation approaches with recombinant growth-factors or small-molecule analogs to recapitulate developmental signaling pathways. Here, we tested the efficacy of a small-molecule based differentiation protocol for the generation of hepatocyte-like cells from human pluripotent stem cells. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2018.03.002DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6055513PMC
November 2018
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Stem cells from apical papilla promote differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells towards retinal cells.

Differentiation 2018 May - Jun;101:8-15. Epub 2018 Mar 2.

Department of Developmental Biology, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran; Department of Stem Cells and Developmental Biology, Cell Science Research Center, Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology, ACECR, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address:

Recently, we have found that human stem cells from apical papilla (SCAP) show a stromal cell-derived inducing activity (SDIA). To examine SDIA competence for retinal cells differentiation, we co-cultured SCAP with human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). In comparison with Matrigel-cultured hPSCs, SCAP significantly induces hPSCs to differentiate into rostral neural cells as demonstrated by upregulation of OTX2 and PAX6 and down-regulation of EN1, HOXB4 and HOXC8. Read More

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November 2018
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Vitamin C-linker-conjugated tripeptide AHK stimulates BMP-2-induced osteogenic differentiation of mouse myoblast C2C12 cells.

Differentiation 2018 May - Jun;101:1-7. Epub 2018 Mar 15.

Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, School of Medicine, Eulji University, Daejeon 34824, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Vitamin C-linker-conjugated Ala-His-Lys tripeptide (Vit C-AHK) is a derivative of Vitamin C-conjugated tripeptides, which were originally developed as a component of a product for collagen synthesis enhancement or human dermal fibroblast growth. Here, we investigated the effect of Vit C-AHK on bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2-induced osteoblast differentiation in a cell culture model. Vit C-AHK enhanced proliferation of C2C12 cells and induction of BMP-2-induced alkaline phosphatase, a typical marker of osteoblast differentiation. Read More

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November 2018
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Transcriptome analysis identifies genes involved in sex determination and development of Xenopus laevis gonads.

Differentiation 2018 Mar - Apr;100:46-56. Epub 2018 Mar 2.

Univ Rennes, UMR 6290, Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes, Cell Cycle Group, Faculty of Medicine, F-35000 Rennes, France; Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (WIHE), Warsaw, Poland.

Development of the gonads is a complex process, which starts with a period of undifferentiated, bipotential gonads. During this period the expression of sex-determining genes is initiated. Sex determination is a process triggering differentiation of the gonads into the testis or ovary. Read More

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November 2018
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Increased TERRA levels and RNase H sensitivity are conserved hallmarks of post-senescent survivors in budding yeast.

Differentiation 2018 Mar - Apr;100:37-45. Epub 2018 Feb 16.

Institute of Neurobiology and Developmental Biology, JGU Mainz, Ackermannweg 4, 55128 Mainz, Germany; Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Ackermannweg 4, 55128 Mainz, Germany. Electronic address:

Cancer cells activate telomere maintenance mechanisms (TMMs) to bypass replicative senescence and achieve immortality by either upregulating telomerase or promoting homology-directed repair (HDR) at chromosome ends to maintain telomere length, the latter being referred to as ALT (Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres). In yeast telomerase mutants, the HDR-based repair of telomeres leads to the generation of 'survivors' that escape senescence and divide indefinitely. So far, yeast has proven to provide an accurate model to study the generation and maintenance of telomeres via HDR. Read More

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November 2018
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Short telomeres - A hallmark of heritable cardiomyopathies.

Differentiation 2018 Mar - Apr;100:31-36. Epub 2018 Feb 9.

Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA. Electronic address:

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide and the incidence increases with age. Genetic testing has taught us much about the pathogenic pathways that drive heritable cardiomyopathies. Here we discuss an unexpected link between shortened telomeres, a molecular marker of aging, and genetic cardiomyopathy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2018.02.001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5889329PMC
November 2018
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Telomeres and telomerase in heart regeneration.

Differentiation 2018 Mar - Apr;100:26-30. Epub 2018 Feb 3.

Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC), Melchor Fernandez Almagro 3, Madrid E-28029, Spain. Electronic address:

Although recent advances have overturned the old view of the human heart as an inert postmitotic organ, it is clear that the adult heart´s capacity to regenerate after an ischemic episode is very limited. Unlike humans, zebrafish and other lower vertebrates vigorously regenerate damaged myocardium after cardiac injury. Understanding how the zebrafish is able to conserve life-long cardiac regeneration capacity while mammals lose it soon after birth is crucial for the development of new treatments for myocardial infarction. Read More

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November 2018
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How stem cells keep telomeres in check.

Differentiation 2018 Mar - Apr;100:21-25. Epub 2018 Feb 2.

Department of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA. Electronic address:

In multicellular organisms, regulation of telomere length in pluripotent stem cells is critical to ensure organism development and survival. Telomeres consist of repetitive DNA that are progressively lost with each cellular division. When telomeres become critically short, they activate a DNA damage response that results in cell cycle arrest. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5889314PMC
November 2018
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