A chemical platform for improved induction of human iPSCS

Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA.
Nature Methods (Impact Factor: 32.07). 11/2009; 6(11):805-8. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.1393
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ABSTRACT The slow kinetics and low efficiency of reprogramming methods to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) impose major limitations on their utility in biomedical applications. Here we describe a chemical approach that dramatically improves (200-fold) the efficiency of iPSC generation from human fibroblasts, within seven days of treatment. This will provide a basis for developing safer, more efficient, nonviral methods for reprogramming human somatic cells.

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    • "PD and CH are used to convert human pluripotent stem cells to the naive state [4], [17]. Combination of SB and PD, or SB, PD, and sodium butyrate (NAB) can convert partially reprogrammed colonies to a fully reprogrammed state, thereby improving the efficiency of reprogramming [18], [19]. Moreover, epigenetic modifier NAB is more reliable and efficient than VPA in generation of human iPS cells and contributes to more efficient reprogramming [20], [21]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from somatic cells have great potential for regenerative medicine. The efficiency in generation of iPS cells has been significantly improved in recent years. However, the generation of high-quality iPS cells remains of high interest. Consistently, we demonstrate that knockout serum replacement (KSR)-based medium accelerates iPS cell induction and improves the quality of iPS cells, as confirmed by generation of chimeras and all iPS cell-derived offspring with germline transmission competency. Both alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity assay and expression of Nanog have been used to evaluate the efficiency of iPS cell induction and formation of ES/iPS cell colonies; however, appropriate expression of Nanog frequently indicates the quality of ES/iPS cells. Interestingly, whereas foetal bovine serum (FBS)-based media increase iPS cell colony formation, as revealed by AP activity, KSR-based media increase the frequency of iPS cell colony formation with Nanog expression. Furthermore, inhibition of MAPK/ERK by a specific inhibitor, PD0325901, in KSR- but not in FBS-based media significantly increases Nanog-GFP+ iPS cells. In contrast, addition of bFGF in KSR-based media decreases proportion of Nanog-GFP+ iPS cells. Remarkably, PD can rescue Nanog-GFP+ deficiency caused by bFGF. These data suggest that MAPK/ERK pathway influences high quality mouse iPS cells and that KSR- and PD-based media could enrich homogeneous authentic pluripotent stem cells.
    PLoS ONE 08/2014; 9(8):e105309. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0105309 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "The path to reprogramming induced by Yamanaka factors involves multiple steps and various regulatory mechanisms [16], [17], [18], [19]. It is reported that some mircoRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in this path and hence can regulate the outcome of reprogramming. "
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    ABSTRACT: Induction of pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) by defined transcription factors is the recognized canonical means for somatic reprogramming, however, it remains incompletely understood how individual transcription factors affect cell fate decisions during the reprogramming process. Here, we report induction of fibroblast reprogramming by various transcriptional factors is mediated by a miR19a/b-PTEN axis. cMyc, one of the four Yamanaka factors known to stimulate both somatic cell reprogramming and tumorigenesis, induced the expression of multiple mircoRNAs, miR-17∼92 cluster in particular, in the early stage of reprogramming of human fibroblasts. Importantly, miR-17∼92 cluster could greatly enhance human fibroblast reprogramming induced by either the four Yamanaka factors (Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, and cMyc, or 4F) or the first three transcriptional factors (Oct4, Sox2, and Klf4, or 3F). Among members of this microRNA cluster, miR-19a/b exhibited the most potent effect on stimulating fibroblst reprogramming to iPSCs. Additional studies revealed that miR-19a/b enhanced iPSC induction efficiency by targeted inhibition of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), a renowned tumor suppressor whose loss-of-function mutations were found in multiple human malignancies. Our results thus demonstrate an important role of miR-19a/b-PTEN axis in the reprogramming of human fibroblasts, illustrating that the somatic reprogramming process and its underlying regulation pathways are intertwined with oncogenic signaling in human malignancies.
    PLoS ONE 04/2014; 9(4):e95213. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0095213 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "In combination with CHIR99021, PD0325901 affects the self-renewality of ES and iPS cells to prevent cell differentiation (Lin et al. 2009). Thiazovivin acts as a Rho-associated Kinase inhibitor, which can improve the survival of ES and iPS cells from single cell dissociation (Lin et al. 2009; Xu et al. 2010). The iPS cell colonies were more rounded with clearer boundaries than those obtained under condition 2 (Fig. 2a). "
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    ABSTRACT: Embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are usually maintained on feeder cells derived from mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). In recent years, the cell culture of iPS cells under serum- and feeder-free conditions is gaining attention in overcoming the biosafety issues for clinical applications. In this study, we report on the use of multiple small-molecular inhibitors (i.e., CHIR99021, PD0325901, and Thiazovivin) to efficiently cultivate mouse iPS cells without feeder cells in a chemically-defined and serum-free condition. In this condition, we showed that mouse iPS cells are expressing the Nanog, Oct3/4, and SSEA-1 pluripotent markers, indicating that the culture condition is optimized to maintain the pluripotent status of iPS cells. Without these small-molecular inhibitors, mouse iPS cells required the adaptation period to start the stable cell proliferation. The application of these inhibitors enabled us the shortcut culture method for the cellular adaptation. This study will be useful to efficiently establish mouse iPS cell lines without MEF-derived feeder cells.
    Cytotechnology 03/2014; 67(2). DOI:10.1007/s10616-013-9686-8 · 1.75 Impact Factor
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