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ESC & iPSC News 10.08 March 4, 2015
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TOP STORY
Highly Efficient Cas9-Mediated Transcriptional Programming
The authors describe an improved transcriptional regulator obtained through the rational design of a tripartite activator, VP64-p65-Rta, fused to nuclease-null Cas9. They demonstrate its utility in activating endogenous coding and noncoding genes, targeting several genes simultaneously and stimulating neuronal differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells. [Nat Methods] Abstract | Press Release | Video
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PUBLICATIONS (Ranked by impact factor of the journal)
Protective Effects of Human iPS-Derived Retinal Pigmented Epithelial Cells in Comparison with Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells and Human Neural Stem Cells on the Degenerating Retina in rd1 Mice
Researchers investigated the rescue effects of induced pluripotent stem-retinal pigmented epithelium cells in comparison with human mesenchymal stromal cells and human neural stem cells in a clinical trial on photoreceptor degeneration in rd1 mice. [Stem Cells] Abstract

p53 Is Active in Murine Stem Cells and Alters the Transcriptome in a Manner that Is Reminiscent of Mutant P53
The authors showed that a significant part of p53 is localized in the nucleus of murine embryonic stem cells and that the majority of this nuclear p53 is bound to DNA. According to its nuclear localization, they showed that p53 alters the transcriptional program of stem cells. [Cell Death Dis] Full Article

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a Model for Diabetes Investigation
Researchers aimed to generate and evaluate differentiation potential of induced pluripotent stem cells from lepdb/db mice, the model of diabetes type 2 as well as from patients with maturity onset diabetes of the young 3. [Sci Rep] Full Article

GSK3 Inhibitors CHIR99021 and 6-Bromoindirubin-3′-Oxime Inhibit MicroRNA Maturation in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells
To investigate the effect of GSK3 inhibitors on microRNA (miRNA) expression, investigators analyzed the miRNA expression profile of J1 mouse embryonic stem cells in the absence or presence of CHIR99021 or 6-bromoindirubin-3′-oxime by small RNA deep-sequencing. [Sci Rep] Full Article

Increased Risk of Genetic and Epigenetic Instability in Human Embryonic Stem Cells Associated with Specific Culture Conditions
Scientists performed a combinatorial study on both human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells to compare the effects of enzymatic vs. mechanical passaging, and feeder-free vs. mouse embryonic fibroblast feeder substrate, on the genetic and epigenetic stability and the phenotypic characteristics of human pluripotent stem cells. [PLoS One] Full Article | Press Release

Preferential Gene Expression and Epigenetic Memory of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Derived from Mouse Pancreas
Investigators established induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from mouse pancreas (Panc-iPSC) and compared their properties with those of iPSC derived from tail-tip fibroblast (TTF-iPSC). The metabolic profile differs between Panc-iPSC and TTF-iPSC, indicating distinct cell properties in these iPSCs. [Genes Cells] Abstract

Oct3/4 Directly Regulates Expression of E2F3a in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells
Scientists identified E2F3a as a direct target gene of Oct3/4 in embryonic stem (ES) cells. Oct3/4 directly bound to the promoter region of the E2F3a gene and positively regulated expression of E2F3a in mouse ES cells. [Biochem Biophys Res Commun] Abstract

The L1TD1 Protein Interactome Reveals the Importance of Post-Transcriptional Regulation in Human Pluripotency
Investigators identified the protein interaction network of L1TD1 in human embryonic stem cells and provide insights into the interactome network constructed in human pluripotent cells. [Stem Cell Reports] Full Article | Graphical Abstract

Generation of Scaffoldless Hyaline Cartilaginous Tissue from Human iPSCs
The authors developed an approach to generate scaffoldless hyaline cartilage from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). They initially generated an hiPSC line that specifically expressed GFP in cartilage when teratoma was formed. [Stem Cell Reports] Full Article | Graphical Abstract | Press Release

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REVIEWS
Making and Using Clinically Compliant Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines
Companies have begun to plan clinical studies using human pluripotent stem cell derivatives manufactured in current Good Manufacturing Practice-compliant conditions. The authors discuss the challenges in making these biological products, starting from tissue sourcing to the processes involved in manufacture, storage, and distribution. [Stem Cells Transl Med] Abstract

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INDUSTRY NEWS
Ocata Therapeutics Receives Two New Patents for Immune-Modulatory Cell Technology
Ocata Therapeutics, Inc. announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued two U.S. patents directed to the company’s hemangio-derived mesenchymal cells (HMCs). Ocata’s HMC technology introduces a new era of cell therapy for ophthalmic, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. This development enables the generation of a potentially unlimited supply of potent HMCs from renewable pluripotent stem cell sources. [Ocata Therapeutics, Inc.] Press Release

Rowan Researcher Targets Stem Cell-Based Therapy for Rare Childhood Disease
Paola Leone, PhD, the director of the Cell and Gene Therapy Center and a professor of Cell Biology at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, has been awarded a three-year, $477,000 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to develop a stem cell-based therapy for Canavan disease. [Rowan University] Press Release

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POLICY NEWS
India’s Budget Disappoints Scientists
If India’s scientists had hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sweeping victory in last year’s general election heralded a step change for research funding, they have now been twice disappointed. In the country’s 2015-16 budget, funding for science remained flat in real terms, and has nosedived for some departments. [Nature News] Editorial

Mitochondrial Gene Therapy Passes Final U.K. Vote
The United Kingdom’s House of Lords has approved legislation to allow a new type of in vitro fertilization that would replace faulty DNA, preventing certain types of genetic diseases. [ScienceInsider] Editorial
 
EVENTS
NEW 21st ISCT Annual Meeting
May 27-30, 2015
Las Vegas, United States

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NEW Postdoctoral Research Associate – Stem Cell Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Research Associate – Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Scientist – Reprogramming and Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Scientist – Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology Endoderm Lineages (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Scientist – Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Scientist – Pluripotent Stem Cell Media Development, High Throughput Screening (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Scientist – Cell Culture Support Products (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Research Associate – Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (King’s College London)

Postdoctoral Researcher – Quantitative Single-Cell Biology (Leiden University)

Research Associate – Human Pluripotent Stem Cells (University of Cambridge)

Principal Investigators – Cell & Developmental Biology (University of Dundee)

Graduate Research Assistantship – Reprogramming Fibroblasts into Functional Cardiomyocytes (Utah State University)

Postdoctoral Position – Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSCs) and the Peripheral Nervous System (Inserm)

Senior Process Development Engineer (Sangamo BioSciences, Inc.)

Director – Vector Production (Sangamo BioSciences, Inc.)

Postdoctoral Positions – Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (University of Macau)


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