Identification of the critical extracellular matrix proteins that promote human embryonic stem cell assembly.
ABSTRACT Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) exist as large colonies containing tightly adherent, undifferentiated cells. Disaggregation of hESC as single cells significantly affects their survival and differentiation, suggesting that adhesion mechanisms are critical for the assembly and maintenance of hESC colonies. The goal of these studies was to determine the key extracellular matrix (ECM) components that regulate assembly and growth of hESC. Our studies demonstrate that undifferentiated hESC express a specific subtype of laminin (laminin-511) and nidogen-1. The addition of a purified protein complex comprised of human laminin-511 and nidogen-1 to single-cell suspensions of hESC is sufficient to restore hESC assembly in the absence of murine embryonic fibroblasts or exogenous chemicals. The mechanism of hESC aggregation is through binding of the alpha6beta1 integrin receptor highly expressed in the membranes of undifferentiated hESC; aggregation can be inhibited by an antibody against alpha6 and almost completely blocked by an antibody against the beta1 subunit. Reassembly of defined numbers of purified hESC with the laminin-nidogen complex allows consistent production of uniform embryoid bodies (EBs) ("LN-EBs") that differentiate into endodermal, ectodermal, and mesodermal derivatives, and are highly efficient in generating hematoendothelial progenitors. These data reveal for the first time the crucial role of the ECM proteins laminin-511 and nidogen-1 in hESC assembly, and provide a novel practical tool to investigate hESC differentiation in a xenogen-free microenvironment.
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ABSTRACT: Derived from any somatic cell type and possessing unlimited self-renewal and differentiation potential, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are poised to revolutionize stem cell biology and regenerative medicine research, bringing unprecedented opportunities for treating debilitating human diseases. To overcome the limitations associated with safety, efficiency, and scalability of traditional iPSC derivation, expansion, and differentiation protocols, biomaterials have recently been considered. Beyond addressing these limitations, the integration of biomaterials with existing iPSC culture platforms could offer additional opportunities to better probe the biology and control the behavior of iPSCs or their progeny in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we discuss the impact of biomaterials on the iPSC field, from derivation to tissue regeneration and modeling. Although still exploratory, we envision the emerging combination of biomaterials and iPSCs will be critical in the successful application of iPSCs and their progeny for research and clinical translation. © 2015 The Authors.The EMBO Journal 03/2015; 34(8). DOI:10.15252/embj.201490756 · 10.75 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: More than three decades ago, basement membranes (BMs) were described as membrane-like structures capable of isolating a cell from and connecting a cell to its environment. Since this time, it has been revealed that BMs are specialized extracellular matrices (sECMs) with unique components that support important functions including differentiation, proliferation, migration, and chemotaxis of cells during development. The composition of these sECM is as unique as the tissues to which they are localized, opening the possibility that such matrices can fulfill distinct functions. Changes in BM composition play significant roles in facilitating the development of various diseases. Furthermore, tissues have to provide sECM for their stem cells during development and for their adult life. Here, we briefly review the latest research on these unique sECM and their components with a special emphasis on embryonic and adult stem cells and their niches.Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS 09/2010; 67(17):2879-95. DOI:10.1007/s00018-010-0367-x · 5.86 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Human induced pluripotent stem cells have the potential to become an unlimited cell source for cell replacement therapy. The realization of this potential, however, depends on the availability of culture methods that are robust, scalable, and use chemically defined materials. Despite significant advances in hiPSC technologies, the expansion of hiPSCs relies upon the use of animal-derived extracellular matrix extracts, such as Matrigel, which raises safety concerns over the use of these products. In this work, we investigated the feasibility of expanding and differentiating hiPSCs on a chemically defined, xeno-free synthetic peptide substrate, i.e. Corning Synthemax® Surface. We demonstrated that the Synthemax Surface supports the attachment, spreading, and proliferation of hiPSCs, as well as hiPSCs' lineage-specific differentiation. hiPSCs colonies grown on Synthemax Surfaces exhibit less spread and more compact morphology compared to cells grown on Matrigel™. The cytoskeleton characterization of hiPSCs grown on the Synthemax Surface revealed formation of denser actin filaments in the cell-cell interface. The down-regulation of vinculin and up-regulation of zyxin expression were also observed in hiPSCs grown on the Synthemax Surface. Further examination of cell-ECM interaction revealed that hiPSCs grown on the Synthemax Surface primarily utilize α(v)β(5) integrins to mediate attachment to the substrate, whereas multiple integrins are involved in cell attachment to Matrigel. Finally, hiPSCs can be maintained undifferentiated on the Synthemax Surface for more than ten passages. These studies provide a novel approach for expansion of hiPSCs using synthetic peptide engineered surface as a substrate to avoid a potential risk of contamination and lot-to-lot variability with animal derived materials.PLoS ONE 11/2012; 7(11):e50880. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0050880 · 3.53 Impact Factor