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 Cell Research. 2011, 21(1):196-204. doi: 10.1038/cr.2010.142.
 Generation of iPSCs from mouse fibroblasts with a single gene, Oct4, and small molecules. 
 Yanqin Li , Qiang Zhang , Xiaolei Yin , Weifeng Yang , Yuanyuan Du , Pingping Hou , Jian Ge , Chun Liu, Weiqi Zhang, Xu Zhang1,, Yetao Wu1,, Honggang Li, Kang Liu, Chen Wu1,, Zhihua Song, Yang Zhao, Yan Shi, Hongkui Deng.
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The introduction of four transcription factors Oct4, Klf4, Sox2 and c-Myc by viral transduction can induce reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), but the use of iPSCs is hindered by the use of viral delivery systems. Chemical-induced reprogramming offers a novel approach to generating iPSCs without any viral vector-based genetic modification. Previous reports showed that several small molecules could replace some of the reprogramming factors although at least two transcription factors, Oct4 and Klf4, are still required to generate iPSCs from mouse embryonic fibroblasts. Here, we identify a specific chemical combination, which is sufficient to permit reprogramming from mouse embryonic and adult fibroblasts in the presence of a single transcription factor, Oct4, within 20 days, replacing Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc. The iPSCs generated using this treatment resembled mouse embryonic stem cells in terms of global gene expression profile, epigenetic status and pluripotency both in vitro and in vivo. We also found that 8 days of Oct4 induction was sufficient to enable Oct4-induced reprogramming in the presence of the small molecules, which suggests that reprogramming was initiated within the first 8 days and was independent of continuous exogenous Oct4 expression. These discoveries will aid in the future generation of iPSCs without genetic modification, as well as elucidating the molecular mechanisms that underlie the reprogramming process.
   

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 Scientific Reports. 2015, 5:10106. doi: 10.1038/srep10106.
 Characterization of a Self-renewing and Multi-potent Cell Population Isolated from Human Minor Salivary Glands
 
 
 Lin Lu, Yan Li, Ming-juan Du, Chen Zhang, Xiang-yu Zhang, Hai-zhou Tong, Lei Liu, Ting-lu Han, Wan-di Li, Li Yan, Ning-bei Yin, Hai-dong Li, Zhen-min Zhao
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Adult stem cells play an important role in maintaining tissue homeostasis. Although these cells are found in many tissues, the presence of stem cells in the human minor salivary glands is not well explored. Using the explant culture method, we isolated a population of cells with self-renewal and differentiation capacities harboring that reside in the human minor salivary glands, called human minor salivary gland mesenchymal stem cells (hMSGMSCs). These cells show embryonic stem cell and mesenchymal stem cell phenotypes. Our results demonstrate that hMSGMSCs have the potential to undergo mesodermal, ectodermal and endodermal differentiation in conditioned culture systems in vitro. Furthermore, in vivo transplantation of hMSGMSCs into SCID mice after partial hepatectomy shows that hMSGMSCs are able to survive and engraft, characterized by the survival of labeled cells and the expression of the hepatocyte markers AFP and KRT18. These data demonstrate the existence of hMSGMSCs and suggest their potential in cell therapy and regenerative medicine.
   

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 Northeast Bioengineering Conference (nebec). 2014 April 25-27.
 FGF2 and oxygen: Regulators of intergrin alpha-11 and extracellular matrix molecules
 
 
 Alexandra Grella, Denis Kole, Tanja Dominko
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Recently, derivation and maintenance of pluripotent stem cells has been focused on environmental cues, with emphasis on the role of extracellular matrix (ECM) and adhesion molecules (AM). We have developed a novel approach that allows for induction of stem cell gene expression in human dermal fibroblasts (hDF) without the use of transgenes. By culturing cells in low oxygen (5% O2) with addition of exogenous FGF2 we have shown that hDF in defined culture conditions express stem cell genes and show translation and nuclear translocation of stem cell transcription factors. We have demonstrated that this shift is coupled with an FGF2-dependent down-regulation of the majority of AM and ECM targets; specifically induction of a significant down-regulation of integrin alpha 11 (Itga11) transcript and results in Itga11 loss from focal adhesions. Investigation of the mechanism by which FGF2 may be involved in regulation of Itga11 is being investigated by studying the molecular pathway downstream of FGF2 ligand that may be involved in the loss of Itga11 and associated collagen I attachment. Dissecting the molecular mechanisms involved in regulation through modulation of extracellular environment and its effect on plasticity may provide insight into the acquisition into the mechanisms involved in reprogramming of differentiated cells.
   

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 International Journal Of Molecular Sciences. doi:10.3390/ijms17010098.
 Optimizing a Male Reproductive Aging Mouse Model by d-Galactose Injection
 
 
 
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The d-galactose (d-gal)-injected animal model, which is typically established by administering consecutive subcutaneous d-gal injections to animals for approximately six or eight weeks, has been frequently used for aging research. In addition, this animal model has been demonstrated to accelerate aging in the brain, kidneys, liver and blood cells. However, studies on aging in male reproductive organs that have used this animal model remain few. Therefore, the current study aimed to optimize a model of male reproductive aging by administering d-gal injections to male mice and to determine the possible mechanism expediting senescence processes during spermatogenesis. In this study, C57Bl/6 mice were randomized into five groups (each containing 810 mice according to the daily intraperitoneal injection of vehicle control or 100 or 200 mg/kg dosages of d-gal for a period of six or eight weeks). First, mice subjected to d-gal injections for six or eight weeks demonstrated considerably decreased superoxide dismutase activity in the serum and testis lysates compared to those in the control group. The lipid peroxidation in testis also increased in the d-gal-injected groups. Furthermore, the d-gal-injected groups exhibited a decreased ratio of testis weight/body weight and sperm count compared to the control group. The percentages of both immotile sperm and abnormal sperm increased considerably in the d-gal-injected groups compared to those of the control group. To determine the genes influenced by the d-gal injection during murine spermatogenesis, a c-DNA microarray was conducted to compare testicular RNA samples between the treated groups and the control group. The d-gal-injected groups exhibited RNA transcripts of nine spermatogenesis-related genes (Cycl2, Hk1, Pltp, Utp3, Cabyr, Zpbp2, Speer2, Csnka2ip and Katnb1) that were up- or down-regulated by at least two-fold compared to the control group. Several of these genes are critical for forming sperm-head morphologies or maintaining nuclear integration (e.g., cylicin, basic protein of sperm head cytoskeleton 2 (Cylc2), casein kinase 2, alpha prime interacting protein (Csnka2ip) and katanin p80 (WD40-containing) subunit B1 (Katnb1)). These results indicate that d-gal-injected mice are suitable for investigating male reproductive aging.
   

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 Histochemistry And Cell Biology. doi: 10.1007/s00418-015-1348-9..
 Impact of diethylhexyl phthalate on gene expression and development of mammary glands of pregnant mouse.
 
 
 
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The widely used diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) is a known endocrine disruptor that causes persistent alterations in the structure and function of female reproductive system, including ovaries, uterus and oviducts. To explore the molecular mechanism of the effect of DEHP on the development of mammary glands, we investigated the cell cycle, growth, proliferation and gene expression of mammary gland cells of pregnant mice exposed to DEHP. It was demonstrated, for the first time, that the mammary gland cells of pregnant mice treated with DEHP for 0.53.5 days post-coitum had increased proliferation, growth rate and number of cells in the G2/S phase. The expression of cell proliferation-related genes was significantly altered after short time and low-dose DEHP treatment of mammary gland cells in vivo and in vitro. These findings showed adverse effects of DEHP on mammary gland cells in pregnant mice.