Navigation Links
Adult stem cells carry their own baggage: Epigenetics guides stem cell fate
Date:6/30/2011

Bethesda, MDAdult stem cells and progenitor cells may not come with a clean genetic slate after all. That's because a new report in the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) shows that adult stem or progenitor cells have their own unique "epigenetic signatures," which change once a cell differentiates. This is important because epigenetic changes do not affect the actual make up in a cell's DNA, but rather, how that DNA functions. Epigenetic changes have been shown to play a role in a wide range of diseases, including obesity, and have been shown to be heritable from mother to child.

"Ultimately, we hope to be able to decipher the mechanisms of how stem cells renew themselves as well as how they differentiate," said George L. Sen, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Program in Stem Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego. "This will in turn allow us to coax these cells to behave in ways that we want to potentially aid in the treatment of tissue degenerative disorders."

Sen and colleagues drew their conclusions by mapping the DNA and histone methylation patterns in stem/progenitor cells and comparing them to differentiated cells. They found DNA and histone methylation "marks" on the promoter regions of differentiation genes in stem cells that prevented the expression of differentiation genes. They also showed that when the proteins used to mark the DNA were removed, stem cells would spontaneously differentiate. In regenerated human skin, the loss of these marks (epigenetic factors) resulted in loss of the stem/progenitor cells in the basal layer of the skin. Over time, the skin no longer regenerated and prematurely differentiated.

"Epigenetics has not replaced classical genetics. It has, however, provided the chemical and biological explanation for short-term, heritable changes that tell cells where their parents have been and where they themselves are going," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. "This study shows that adult stem and progenitor cells, like many human adults, come with baggage from family history that affects how they behave."


'/>"/>

Contact: Cody Mooneyhan
cmooneyhan@faseb.org
301-634-7104
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Genetic conductor involved with new brain cell production in adults
2. UCI, French researchers find master switch for adult epilepsy
3. Adolescents dieting and disordered eating behaviors continue into young adulthood
4. Social scientists study impact of human adult stem cell research
5. Developmental disease is recreated in an adult model
6. Religious young adults become obese by middle age
7. Virtual conversation simulator found beneficial for adults with autism
8. Rensselaer professor utilizing New York state grant to study adult stem cells
9. Happy children make happy adults
10. Treating fractures: Children are not miniature adults
11. CHOP-led study detects dozens of genes for adult height
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/30/2017)... 2017 The research team of The Hong ... fingerprint identification by adopting ground breaking 3D fingerprint minutiae recovery and ... speed and accuracy for use in identification, crime investigation, immigration control, ... ... A research team led ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017  higi, the health ... in North America , today announced ... and the acquisition of EveryMove. The new investment and ... set of tools to transform population health activities through ... lifestyle data. higi collects and secures data ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... N.Y. , March 27, 2017  Catholic ... Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics for ... EMR Adoption Model sm . In addition, CHS ... of U.S. hospitals using an electronic medical record ... for its high level of EMR usage in ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Firmex today ... makes it easy for organizations to send and gather large files and confidential ... or email file size limitations. , Using the same market-tested infrastructure as ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... Basel, Switzerland (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 ... ... for R&D, celebrates this month its 20th anniversary, marking the occasion with a ... is sponsoring the meeting’s Welcome Reception and further extends an invitation to all ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... ... Vortex Biosciences , provider of circulating tumor cell (CTC) capture systems, ... Vortex microfluidic technology ” in Nature Precision Oncology on May 8th. The peer ... Dr. Matthew Rettig at the University of California, Los Angeles. The publication describes the ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... , ... May 23, 2017 , ... Bacterial biofilms, surface ... molecules, can cause diverse pathologies ranging from food poisoning and catheter infections to gum ... is in the tens of billions of dollars per year, there is currently a ...
Breaking Biology Technology: