Humanized mouse model used to monitor MUC gene expression in nasal polyps and to preclinically evaluate the efficacy of montelukast in reducing mucus production.
Joel M Bernstein, Heather Lehman, Maciej Lis, Amy Sands, Gregory E Wilding, Leonard Shultz, Richard Bankert, Libuse Bobek
Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.
OBJECTIVES To determine whether MUC gene expression could be down-regulated in nasal polyps by the leukotriene receptor antagonist montelukast, we developed a system in which nondisrupted human nasal polyps could be successfully implanted into severely immunocompromised mice, and in which the histopathology of the original nasal polyp tissue could be preserved for long periods. In addition, the histopathologic changes in the human nasal polyps were carefully examined to determine the origin of the submucosal glands (SMGs) that develop in true nasal polyps found in the anterior third of the nose. METHODS Small, nondisrupted pieces of human nasal polyp tissues were subcutaneously implanted into NOD-scid IL-2rgamma(null) mice. Xenograft-bearing mice were treated with either montelukast or saline solution. Xenografts at 8 to 12 weeks after implantation were examined histologically, and expression of MUC genes 4, 5AC, and 7 was studied in the polyps before implantation and in the 8-week xenograft. Alzet pumps were inserted into the mice, and montelukast (Singulair) was continuously delivered to determine its effect on goblet cell hyperplasia, mucus production, and the enlargement of nasal polyps over an 8-week period. RESULTS The xenografts were maintained in a viable and functional state for up to 3 months and retained a histopathology similar to that of the original tissue, but with a noticeable increase in goblet cell hyperplasia and marked mucus accumulation in the SMGs. MUC4 and MUC5AC were significantly increased in the xenograft 8 weeks after implantation, but MUC7 was significantly decreased compared to the preimplantation polyps. Inasmuch as MUC7 is found exclusively in serous glands, the findings suggest that serous glands are not found in polyps in the anterior third of the nose. The histopathologic findings confirm the original findings of Tos et al suggesting that the SMGs are derived from pinching-off of the epithelium of the enlarging polyp following inflammatory changes. These SMGs have the same epithelium as surface epithelium and consist of multiple goblet cells that secrete periodic acid Schiff stain-positive mucin into the interior of the SMGs. A progressive increase in the volume of the xenografts was observed, with little or no evidence of mouse cell infiltration into the human leukocyte antigen-positive human tissue. An average twofold increase in polyp volume was found 2 months after engraftment. Montelukast did not decrease the growth of the xenograft in the 8-week NOD-scid mice, nor did it affect MUC gene expression. CONCLUSIONS The use of innate and adaptive immunodeficient NOD-scid mice homozygous for targeted mutations in the IL-2 gamma-chain locus NOD-scid IL-2r gamma(null) for establishing engraftment of nondisrupted pieces of human nasal polyp tissues represents a significant advancement in studying chronic inflammation over a long period of time. In the present study, we utilized this humanized mouse model to confirm our prediction that MUC genes 4 and 5AC are highly expressed and significantly increased over those of preimplanted polyps. The overexpression of these 2 MUC genes correlates with both the goblet cell hyperplasia and the excessive mucus production that are found in nasal polyp xenografts. MUC7, which is primarily associated with the submucosa, as opposed to MUC4 and MUC5AC, which are primarily expressed in the epithelium, was significantly decreased in the nasal polyp xenografts. Montelukast had no significant effect on MUC gene expression in the xenografts. In addition to the MUC gene expression patterns, the histology of the xenografts supports the concept that mucinous glands that are characteristic of true nasal polyps are significantly different from those in the mucosa found in the lateral wall of the nose in patients with chronic sinusitis without nasal polyps. The mucinous glands seen in nasal polyps (which appear to be derived from an invagination of hyperplastic epithelial mucosa containing large numbers of goblet cells) are histologically distinct from the seromucinous glands found in the submucosa of hyperplastic middle turbinates. The data presented here establish a humanized mouse model as a viable approach to study nasal polyp growth, to assess the therapeutic efficacy of various drugs in this chronic inflammatory disease, and to contribute to our understanding of the pathogenesis of this disease.
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Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53715, USA.
Human blastocyst-derived, pluripotent cell lines are described that have normal karyotypes, express high levels of telomerase activity, and express cell surface markers that characterize primate embryonic stem cells but do not characterize other early lineages. After undifferentiated proliferation in vitro for 4 to 5 months, these cells still maintained the developmental potential to form trophoblast and derivatives of all three embryonic germ layers, including gut epithelium (endoderm); cartilage, bone, smooth muscle, and striated muscle (mesoderm); and neural epithelium, embryonic ganglia, and stratified squamous epithelium (ectoderm). These cell lines should be useful in human developmental biology, drug discovery, and transplantation medicine.
Junying Yu, Maxim A Vodyanik, Kim Smuga-Otto, Jessica Antosiewicz-Bourget, Jennifer L Frane, Shulan Tian, Jeff Nie, Gudrun A Jonsdottir, Victor Ruotti, Ron Stewart, Igor I Slukvin, James A Thomson
Genome Center of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1580, USA. email@example.com
Somatic cell nuclear transfer allows trans-acting factors present in the mammalian oocyte to reprogram somatic cell nuclei to an undifferentiated state. We show that four factors (OCT4, SOX2, NANOG, and LIN28) are sufficient to reprogram human somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells that exhibit the essential characteristics of embryonic stem (ES) cells. These induced pluripotent human stem cells have normal karyotypes, express telomerase activity, express cell surface markers and genes that characterize human ES cells, and maintain the developmental potential to differentiate into advanced derivatives of all three primary germ layers. Such induced pluripotent human cell lines should be useful in the production of new disease models and in drug development, as well as for applications in transplantation medicine, once technical limitations (for example, mutation through viral integration) are eliminated.
A Müller, B Homey, H Soto, N Ge, D Catron, M E Buchanan, T McClanahan, E Murphy, W Yuan, S N Wagner, J L Barrera, A Mohar, E Verástegui, A Zlotnik
Department of Immunology, DNAX Research Institute, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA.
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Sheila K Singh, Cynthia Hawkins, Ian D Clarke, Jeremy A Squire, Jane Bayani, Takuichiro Hide, R Mark Henkelman, Michael D Cusimano, Peter B Dirks
The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, M5G 1X8, Canada.
The cancer stem cell (CSC) hypothesis suggests that neoplastic clones are maintained exclusively by a rare fraction of cells with stem cell properties. Although the existence of CSCs in human leukaemia is established, little evidence exists for CSCs in solid tumours, except for breast cancer. Recently, we prospectively isolated a CD133+ cell subpopulation from human brain tumours that exhibited stem cell properties in vitro. However, the true measures of CSCs are their capacity for self renewal and exact recapitulation of the original tumour. Here we report the development of a xenograft assay that identified human brain tumour initiating cells that initiate tumours in vivo. Only the CD133+ brain tumour fraction contains cells that are capable of tumour initiation in NOD-SCID (non-obese diabetic, severe combined immunodeficient) mouse brains. Injection of as few as 100 CD133+ cells produced a tumour that could be serially transplanted and was a phenocopy of the patient's original tumour, whereas injection of 10(5) CD133- cells engrafted but did not cause a tumour. Thus, the identification of brain tumour initiating cells provides insights into human brain tumour pathogenesis, giving strong support for the CSC hypothesis as the basis for many solid tumours, and establishes a previously unidentified cellular target for more effective cancer therapies.
Department of Internal Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
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Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RE, UK. fiona.powrie@path. ox.ac.uk
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Yuehua Jiang, Balkrishna N Jahagirdar, R Lee Reinhardt, Robert E Schwartz, C Dirk Keene, Xilma R Ortiz-Gonzalez, Morayma Reyes, Todd Lenvik, Troy Lund, Mark Blackstad, Jingbo Du, Sara Aldrich, Aaron Lisberg, Walter C Low, David A Largaespada, Catherine M Verfaillie
Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.
We report here that cells co-purifying with mesenchymal stem cells--termed here multipotent adult progenitor cells or MAPCs--differentiate, at the single cell level, not only into mesenchymal cells, but also cells with visceral mesoderm, neuroectoderm and endoderm characteristics in vitro. When injected into an early blastocyst, single MAPCs contribute to most, if not all, somatic cell types. On transplantation into a non-irradiated host, MAPCs engraft and differentiate to the haematopoietic lineage, in addition to the epithelium of liver, lung and gut. Engraftment in the haematopoietic system as well as the gastrointestinal tract is increased when MAPCs are transplanted in a minimally irradiated host. As MAPCs proliferate extensively without obvious senescence or loss of differentiation potential, they may be an ideal cell source for therapy of inherited or degenerative diseases.
Human acute myeloid leukemia is organized as a hierarchy that originates from a primitive hematopoietic cell.
Department of Genetics, Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On the subject of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), there is little consensus about the target cell within the hematopoietic stem cell hierarchy that is susceptible to leukemic transformation, or about the mechanism that underlies the phenotypic, genotypic and clinical heterogeneity. Here we demonstrate that the cell capable of initiating human AML in non-obese diabetic mice with severe combined immunodeficiency disease (NOD/SCID mice)- termed the SCID leukemia-initiating cell, or SL-IC - possesses the differentiative and proliferative capacities and the potential for self-renewal expected of a leukemic stem cell. The SL-ICs from all subtypes of AML analyzed, regardless of the heterogeneity in maturation characteristics of the leukemic blasts, were exclusively CD34++ CD38-, similar to the cell-surface phenotype of normal SCID-repopulating cells, suggesting that normal primitive cells, rather than committed progenitor cells, are the target for leukemic transformation. The SL-ICs were able to differentiate in vivo into leukemic blasts, indicating that the leukemic clone is organized as a hierarchy.
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Monash Institute of Reproduction & Development, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
We describe the derivation of pluripotent embryonic stem (ES) cells from human blastocysts. Two diploid ES cell lines have been cultivated in vitro for extended periods while maintaining expression of markers characteristic of pluripotent primate cells. Human ES cells express the transcription factor Oct-4, essential for development of pluripotential cells in the mouse. When grafted into SCID mice, both lines give rise to teratomas containing derivatives of all three embryonic germ layers. Both cell lines differentiate in vitro into extraembryonic and somatic cell lineages. Neural progenitor cells may be isolated from differentiating ES cell cultures and induced to form mature neurons. Embryonic stem cells provide a model to study early human embryology, an investigational tool for discovery of novel growth factors and medicines, and a potential source of cells for use in transplantation therapy.