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

Differentiation 2018 Dec 6;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 2018 Dec 5;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 2018 Nov 23;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

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

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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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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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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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

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

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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November 2018
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Telomere regulation.

Authors:
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

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

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

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

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://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://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://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://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2018.01.004DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5889314PMC
November 2018
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Stretching, scrambling, piercing and entangling: Challenges for telomeres in mitotic and meiotic chromosome segregation.

Differentiation 2018 Mar - Apr;100:12-20. Epub 2018 Jan 31.

Telomere Biology Section, LBMB, NCI, NIH, Building 37, Room 6050, Bethesda MD 20892, USA. Electronic address:

The consequences of telomere loss or dysfunction become most prominent when cells enter the nuclear division stage of the cell cycle. At this climactic stage when chromosome segregation occurs, telomere fusions or entanglements can lead to chromosome breakage, wreaking havoc on genome stability. Here we review recent progress in understanding the mechanisms of detangling and breaking telomere associations at mitosis, as well as the unique ways in which telomeres are processed to allow regulated sister telomere separation. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2018.01.002DOI Listing
November 2018
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Dysfunctional telomeres and hematological disorders.

Differentiation 2018 Mar - Apr;100:1-11. Epub 2018 Jan 4.

Department of Leukemia, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA. Electronic address:

Telomere biology disorders, which are characterized by telomerase activity haploinsufficiency and accelerated telomere shortening, most commonly manifest as degenerative diseases. Tissues with high rates of cell turnover, such as those in the hematopoietic system, are particularly vulnerable to defects in telomere maintenance genes that eventually culminate in bone marrow (BM) failure syndromes, in which the BM cannot produce sufficient new blood cells. Here, we review how telomere defects induce degenerative phenotypes across multiple organs, with particular focus on how they impact the hematopoietic stem and progenitor compartment and affect hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) self-renewal and differentiation. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2018.01.001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5889327PMC
November 2018
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The ubiquitin ligase ITCH coordinates small intestinal epithelial homeostasis by modulating cell proliferation, differentiation, and migration.

Differentiation 2018 Jan - Feb;99:51-61. Epub 2017 Dec 15.

Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, 715 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29208, USA. Electronic address:

Maintenance of the intestinal mucosa is driven by local signals that coordinate epithelial proliferation, differentiation, and turnover in order to separate antigenic luminal contents from the host's immune system. Breaches in this barrier promote gastrointestinal pathologies ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to cancer. The ubiquitin ligase ITCH is known to regulate immune responses, and loss of function of ITCH has been associated with gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders, particularly in the colon. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.12.003DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5826883PMC
November 2018
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Telomeres in cancer.

Differentiation 2018 Jan - Feb;99:41-50. Epub 2017 Dec 21.

Research Group on Stem Cell Aging, Leibniz Institute on Aging, Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), Beutenbergstr. 11, 07745 Jena, Germany. Electronic address:

Telomere shortening as a consequence of cell divisions during aging and chronic diseases associates with an increased cancer risk. Experimental data revealed that telomere shortening results in telomere dysfunction, which in turn affects tumorigenesis in two ways. First, telomere dysfunction suppresses tumor progression by the activation of DNA damage checkpoints, which induce cell cycle arrest (senescence) or apoptosis, as well as by inducing metabolic compromise and activation of immune responses directed against senescent cells. Read More

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November 2018
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The role of gastrulation brain homeobox 2 (gbx2) in the development of the ventral telencephalon in zebrafish embryos.

Differentiation 2018 Jan - Feb;99:28-40. Epub 2017 Dec 21.

Division of Life Science, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 255 Shimo-Okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama City, Saitama 338-8570, Japan; Saitama University Brain Science Institute, Shimo-Okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama City, Saitama 338-8570, Japan. Electronic address:

During vertebrate brain development, the gastrulation brain homeobox 2 gene (gbx2) is expressed in the forebrain, but its precise roles are still unknown. In this study, we addressed this issue in zebrafish (Danio rerio) first by carefully examining gbx2 expression in the developing forebrain. We showed that gbx2 was expressed in the telencephalon during late somitogenesis, from 18h post-fertilization (hpf) to 24 hpf, and in the thalamic primordium after 26 hpf. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.12.005DOI Listing
November 2018
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Impact of oxidative stress on telomere biology.

Differentiation 2018 Jan - Feb;99:21-27. Epub 2017 Dec 14.

Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC), School of Life Sciences, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland. Electronic address:

Telomere integrity is essential for genome stability and it regulates cell proliferation and tissue renewal. Several lines of evidence indicate that telomeres are particularly sensitive to oxidative damage. Moreover, recent studies demonstrate striking inhibitory effects of oxidative damage on telomerase activity. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.12.002DOI Listing
November 2018
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Mechanisms of epithelial thickening due to IL-1 signalling blockade and TNF-α administration differ during wound repair and regeneration.

Differentiation 2018 Jan - Feb;99:10-20. Epub 2017 Dec 12.

Laboratory of Connective Tissue, Centro Nacional de Investigación y Atención de Quemados, Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación Luís Guillermo Ibarra Ibarra, México-Xochimilco No. 289, Col. Arenal de Guadalupe, Del. Tlalpan, C.P. 14389 Mexico City, Mexico. Electronic address:

IL-1 and TNF-α are always present during wound repair, but their pleiotropic and synergistic effects are incompletely understood. In this work, we evaluated the role of IL-1 in wound repair, and examined whether TNF-α administration impaired scarless wound repair. First, we characterised wound repair in outbred CD-1 mice according to age and sex in an ear punch wound model. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.12.001DOI Listing
November 2018
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Directed differentiation of periocular mesenchyme from human embryonic stem cells.

Differentiation 2018 Jan - Feb;99:62-69. Epub 2017 Nov 16.

Singapore National Eye Centre, 11 Third Hospital Ave, #08-00, Singapore 168751, Singapore; Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Group, Singapore Eye Research Institute, The Academia, 20 College Road, Discovery Tower Level 12, Singapore 169856, Singapore.

Corneal tissue is the most transplanted of all body tissues. Currently, cadaveric donor tissues are used for transplantation. However, a global shortage of transplant grade material has prompted development of alternative, cell-based therapies for corneal diseases. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.11.003DOI Listing
November 2018
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Use of immune-deficient hosts to study human development and pathogenesis.

Authors:
Gerald R Cunha

Differentiation 2017 Nov - Dec;98:A1-A3

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

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.11.006DOI Listing
October 2017
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Long-range telomere regulation of gene expression: Telomere looping and telomere position effect over long distances (TPE-OLD).

Differentiation 2018 Jan - Feb;99:1-9. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

Department of Cell Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75390, USA. Electronic address:

The human cellular reverse transcriptase, telomerase, is very tightly regulated in large long-lived species. Telomerase is expressed during early human fetal development, is turned off in most adult tissues, and then becomes reactivated in almost all human cancers. However, the exact mechanism regulating these switches in expression are not known. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.11.005DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5826875PMC
November 2018
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Involvement of the Mab21l1 gene in calvarial osteogenesis.

Differentiation 2017 Nov - Dec;98:70-78. Epub 2017 Nov 9.

Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Yayoi 1-1-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan. Electronic address:

The Mab-21 gene family is crucial for animal development. A deficiency in the Mab-21 genes associates with several defects, including skeletal malformation in mice and humans. In this study, we observed that mice lacking Mab21l1 displayed an unclosed fontanelle, suggesting impaired calvarial bone development. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.11.001DOI Listing
August 2018
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Xenografted tissue models for the study of human endometrial biology.

Differentiation 2017 Nov - Dec;98:62-69. Epub 2017 Nov 10.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology&Women's Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, United States; Department of Developmental&Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, United States; MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK. Electronic address:

The human endometrium undergoes extensive morphological, biochemical and molecular changes under the influence of female sex steroid hormones. Besides the fact that estrogen stimulates endometrial cell proliferation and progesterone inhibits this proliferation and induces differentiation, there is limited knowledge about precise molecular mechanisms underlying human endometrial biology. The importance of paracrine signaling in endometrial physiology explains why in vitro culture of endometrial cells has been challenging. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.11.004DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5726894PMC
August 2018
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RARβ2-dependent signaling represses neuronal differentiation in mouse ES cells.

Differentiation 2017 Nov - Dec;98:55-61. Epub 2017 Nov 10.

Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA 70813, USA. Electronic address:

Embryonic Stem (ES) cells are pluripotent cells that can be induced to differentiate into cells of all three lineages: mesoderm, endoderm, and ectoderm. In culture, ES cells can be differentiated into mature neurons by treatment with Retinoic Acid (RA) and this effect is mediated mainly through the activation of the RA nuclear receptors (RAR α, β, and γ), and their isoforms. However, little is known about the role played by specific RAR types on ES cell differentiation. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.11.002DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5726922PMC
August 2018
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Response of xenografts of developing human female reproductive tracts to the synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol.

Differentiation 2017 Nov - Dec;98:35-54. Epub 2017 Oct 4.

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

Human female fetal reproductive tracts 9.5-22 weeks of gestation were grown for 1 month in ovariectomized athymic adult female mouse hosts that were either untreated or treated continuously with diethylstilbestrol (DES) via subcutaneous pellet. Normal morphogenesis and normal patterns of differentiation marker expression (KRT6, KRT7, KRT8, KRT10, KRT14, KRT19, ESR1, PGR, TP63, RUNX1, ISL1, HOXA11 and α-ACT2) were observed in xenografts grown in untreated hosts and mimicked observations of previously reported (Cunha et al. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.10.001DOI Listing
August 2018
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Evaluating the regenerative potential and functionality of human liver cells in mice.

Differentiation 2017 Nov - Dec;98:25-34. Epub 2017 Sep 18.

Stem Cell&Developmental Biology Group, Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR, Singapore 138672, Singapore. Electronic address:

Liver diseases afflict millions of patients worldwide. Currently, the only long-term treatment for liver failure is the transplantation of a new liver. However, intravenously transplanting a suspension of human hepatocytes might be a less-invasive approach to partially reconstitute lost liver functions in human patients as evinced by promising outcomes in clinical trials. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.09.003DOI Listing
August 2018
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Human reconstructed skin xenografts on mice to model skin physiology.

Differentiation 2017 Nov - Dec;98:14-24. Epub 2017 Sep 14.

Institute of Medical Biology, A(⁎)STAR, 8A Biomedical Grove, Immunos #06-08, Singapore 138648, Singapore; Skin Research Institute of Singapore, Singapore. Electronic address:

Xenograft models to study skin physiology have been popular for scientific use since the 1970s, with various developments and improvements to the techniques over the decades. Xenograft models are particularly useful and sought after due to the lack of clinically relevant animal models in predicting drug effectiveness in humans. Such predictions could in turn boost the process of drug discovery, since novel drug compounds have an estimated 8% chance of FDA approval despite years of rigorous preclinical testing and evaluation, albeit mostly in non-human models. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.diff.2017.09.004DOI Listing
August 2018
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