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SMAD7 Directly Converts Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Telencephalic Fate by a Default Mechanism.
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PMID:  23034881     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) provide a valuable window into the dissection of the molecular circuitry underlying the early formation of the human forebrain. However, dissection of signaling events in forebrain development using current protocols is complicated by non-neural contamination and fluctuation of extrinsic influences. Here we show that SMAD7, a cell-intrinsic inhibitor of TGFβ signaling, is sufficient to directly convert pluripotent hESCs to an anterior neural fate. Time-course gene expression revealed down-regulation of MAPK components, and combining MEK1/2 inhibition with SMAD7-mediated TGFβ inhibition promoted telencephalic conversion. FGF-MEK and TGFβ-SMAD signaling maintain hESCs by promoting pluripotency genes and repressing neural genes. Our findings suggest that in the absence of these cues, pluripotent cells simply revert to a program of neural conversion. Hence the "primed" state of hESCs requires inhibition of the "default" state of neural fate acquisition. This has parallels in amphibians, suggesting an evolutionarily conserved mechanism.
Authors:
Mohammad Zeeshan Ozair; Scott Noggle; Aryeh Warmflash; Joanna Ela Krzyspiak; Ali H Brivanlou
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1549-4918     ISO Abbreviation:  Stem Cells     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9304532     Medline TA:  Stem Cells     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 AlphaMed Press.
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Molecular Embryology, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, RRB 735, NY 10065, USA.
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