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Yang C.-M.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Gong X.-L.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Gong X.-L.,Minister of Health Key Laboratory of Embryo Molecular Biology | Qiu J.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | And 9 more authors.
Cell Biology International | Year: 2013

Human amniotic fluid derived progenitor cells (hAFPCs) may be multipotent and can be considered a potential tool in the field of cell therapy for haemophilia B. Their capacity to express human coagulation factor IX (hFIX) after transduction and their fate after in utero transplantation is unknown. hAFPCs isolated from second trimester pregnancies were assessed for their phenotypic markers,multilineage capacity, and expression of hFIX after transduction. Their engraftment potential was analysed in a mouse model after in utero transplantation at embryonic day 12.5. Immunohistochemistry, fluorescence in situ, ELISA and PCR were used to assess post-transplant chimeras. hAFPCs expressed several pluripotent markers, including NANOG, SOX2, SSEA4 and TRA-1-60, and could differentiate into adipocytes and osteocytes. In vitro, after transduction with hFIX and EGFP cDNAs, constitutive hFIX protein expression and clotting activity were found. Engraftment was achieved in various foetal tissues after in utero transplantation. Safe engraftment without oncogenesis was confirmed, with low donor cell levels, but persistent engraftment, into different organs (liver, heart and lung) through to 12 weeks of age. Transgenic expression of circulating hFIX was detected in recipient mice for up to 12 weeks. hAFPCs can be engrafted long-term in immunocompetent mice after in utero transplantation. Thus, cell transplantation approaches using genetically engineered hAFPCs may prove valuable for the prenatal treatment for haemophilia B. © 2013 International Federation for Cell Biology.

Gong Z.-J.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Gong Z.-J.,Minister of Health Key Laboratory of Embryo Molecular Biology | Zhou Y.-Y.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Zhou Y.-Y.,Minister of Health Key Laboratory of Embryo Molecular Biology | And 18 more authors.
Theriogenology | Year: 2012

Domesticated animals cloned by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) generally have poor developmental competency, with many developmental abnormalities attributed to incomplete reprogramming of the nuclear genome and abnormal expression of genes important for regulation of growth and development. To investigate the molecular mechanism leading to the abnormalities of cloned animals, pathologic and histologic analyses were conducted on seven cloned cattle that were oversized at birth and had cardiac and pulmonary abnormalities. Quantitative reverse transcription (RT)-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis of four imprinted genes IGF2, IGF2R, H19, and GRB10, as well as genes from related regulatory networks, were performed in liver, lung, kidney, and muscle to investigate disruption of expression. Expression of IGFBP2 was not detected in morphologically normal cloned cattle, but was detected in the liver, lung, kidney, and thymus of abnormal calves. Expression levels of IGF1 and imprinted genes IGF2 and H19 were substantially higher in these organs of abnormal cattle. In contrast, expression levels of GRB10, CTSD, and TRPV2 were substantially lower in abnormal cattle. Transcript abundance of IGFBP6 was higher in kidney, but lower in liver and lung. In conclusion, we inferred that altered expression of imprinted and related genes may be closely related to increased birth weight and pathologic changes in abnormal cloned cattle. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

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