North Branch Bio Technology Co.

Wuhu, China

North Branch Bio Technology Co.

Wuhu, China
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Qiu P.,Northwest University, China | Bai Y.,Northwest University, China | Pan S.,North Branch Bio Technology Co. | Li W.,North Branch Bio Technology Co. | Hua J.,Northwest University, China
Cell Biochemistry and Function | Year: 2013

Recent studies have demonstrated that germ-like cells could be differentiated from human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) in vitro. Whether the sexuality of hUC-MSCs affects the formation efficiency of germ-like cells derived from hUC-MSCs is still unclear. To clearly test the formation efficiency of oocyte-like cells from male and female hUC-MSCs, obtained hUC-MSCs were induced by 20% follicular fluid (FF) according to the method that has been proved by our previous studies. Results showed that hUC-MSCs differentiated into oocyte-like structures and expressed germ cell makers. It was noted that the presence of advanced oocyte-like cells in male hUC-MSCs (m-hUC-MSCs) was similar as that in female hUC-MSCs (f-hUC-MSCs); however, the expression of germ cell's specific markers in m-hUC-MSCs was delayed compared with that in f-hUC-MSCs. In addition, immunofluorescence analysis demonstrated that germ cell-specific markers, Oct4, Vasa, Dazl, ZP2, ZP3 and Stra8, were expressed on the 14th day after induction in both f-hUC-MSCs and m-hUC-MSCs. However, the size of oocyte-like cells from f-hUC-MSCs was larger than that in m-hUC-MSCs. The level of secreted oestradiol was significantly higher in f-hUC-MSCs than m-hUC-MSCs. We sought to determine whether critical germ cell's transcription factor-Figlα will promote the development of oocyte-like cells. Some germ cell-specific markers were increased when exogenous Figlα was transfected into hUC-MSCs. This process implied that germ-like cells might be produced by over-expression of exogenous germ cell-specific gene, and this process was similar as that in production of germ cells in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Finally, to verify the feasibility that hUC-MSCs differentiate into germ cells, hUC-MSCs were transplanted into seminiferous tubules and kidney capsule of mouse, respectively, and we found the transplanted cells differentiated into germ-like cells in recipient's seminiferous tubules and kidney capsule. This study will provide a simple model to study mammalian germ cell specification using hUC-MSCs in vitro. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Qiu P.,Northwest University, China | Song W.,Northwest University, China | Niu Z.,Northwest University, China | Bai Y.,Northwest University, China | And 4 more authors.
Cell Biochemistry and Function | Year: 2013

This study was designed to investigate the effect of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) on the proliferation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) and further explore the mechanism of PDGF in promoting the proliferation of UC-MSCs. The human UC-MSCs were treated with different concentrations of PDGF, and the effects were evaluated by counting the cell number, the cell viability, the expression of PDGF receptors analyzed by RT-PCR, and the detection of the gene expression of cell proliferation, cell cycle and pluripotency, and Brdu assay by immunofluorescent staining and Quantitative real-time (QRT-PCR). The results showed that PDGF could promote the proliferation of UC-MSCs in vitro in a dose-dependent way, and 10 to 50 ng/ml PDGF had a significant proliferation effect on UC-MSCs; the most obvious concentration was 50 ng/ml. Significant inhibition on the proliferation of UC-MSCs was observed when the concentration of PDGF was higher than 100 ng/ml, and all cells died when the concentration reached 200 ng/ml PDGF. The PDGF-treated cells had stronger proliferation and antiapoptotic capacity than the control group by Brdu staining. The expression of the proliferation-related genes C-MYC, PCNA and TERT and cell cycle-related genes cyclin A, cyclin 1 and CDK2 were up-regulated in PDGF medium compared with control. However, pluripotent gene OCT4 was not significantly different between cells cultured in PDGF and cells analyzed by immunofluorescence and QRT-PCR. The PDGF could promote the proliferation of human UC-MSCs in vitro. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Hua J.,Northwest University, China | Zhu H.,Northwest University, China | Pan S.,Northwest University, China | Liu C.,Northwest University, China | And 5 more authors.
Cellular Reprogramming | Year: 2011

Male germline stem cells (mGSCs) are stem cells present in male testis responsible for spermatogenesis during their whole life. Studies have shown that mGSCs can be derived in vitro and resemble embryonic stem cells (ESCs) properties both in the mouse and humans. However, little is know about these cells in domestic animals. Here we report the first successful establishment of goat GSCs derived from 2-5-month fetal testis, and developmental potential assay of these cells both in vitro and in vivo. These cells express pluripotent markers such as Oct4, Sox2, C-myc, and Tert when cultured as human ESCs conditions. Embryoid bodies (EBs) formed by goat mGSCs were induced with 2×10-6 M retinoic acid (RA). Immunofluorescence analysis showed that some cells inside of the EBs were positive for meiosis marker-SCP3, STRA8, and germ cell marker-VASA, and haploid marker-FE-J1, PRM1, indicating their germ cell lineage differentiation. Some cells become elongated sperm-like cells after induction. Approximately 34.88% (30/86) embryos showed cleavage and four embryos were cultured on murine fibroblast feeder and formed small embryonic stem like colonies. However, most stalled at four-cell stage after intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) of these cells. Transplantation of DAPI labeled mGSCs into the seminiferous tubules of busulfan-treated mice, and showed that mGSCs can colonize, self-renew, and differentiate into germ cells. Thus, we have established a goat GSC cell line and these cells could be differentiated into sperm-like cells in vivo and sperms in vitro, providing a promising platform for generation of transgenic goat for production of specific humanized proteins. © 2011 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

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