Muscular Dystrophy Stem Cell Treatment

Muscular Dystrophy and Stem Cell Therapy

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular Dystrophy and Stem Cell Therapy

Muscular Dystrophy and Stem Cell Therapy


Muscular Dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of hereditary muscle diseases that weakens the muscles that move the human body.
Muscular dystrophies are characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue.

Nine diseases including Duchenne, Becker, limb girdle, congenital, facioscapulohumeral, myotonic, oculopharyngeal, distal, and Emery-Dreifuss are always classified as muscular dystrophy but there are more than 100 diseases in total with similarities to muscular dystrophy.

Most types of MD are multi-system disorders with manifestations in body systems including the heart, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, endocrine glands, skin, eyes and even brain.

The condition may also lead to mood swings and learning difficulties.

 

Effective myotube formation in human adipose tissue-derived stem cells expressing dystrophin and myosin heavy chain by cellular fusion with mouse C2C12 myoblasts.

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2011 Apr 5;

Authors: Eom YW, Lee JE, Yang MS, Jang IK, Kim HE, Lee DH, Kim YJ, Park WJ, Kong JH, Shim KY, Lee JI, Kim HS

Stem cell therapy for muscular dystrophies requires stem cells that are able to participate in the formation of new muscle fibers. However, the differentiation steps that are the most critical for this process are not clear.

We investigated the myogenic phases of human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASCs) step by step and the capability of myotube formation according to the differentiation phase by cellular fusion with mouse myoblast C2C12 cells.

In hASCs treated with 5-azacytidine and fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) for 1day, the early differentiation step to express MyoD and myogenin was induced by FGF-2 treatment for 6days. Dystrophin and myosin heavy chain (MyHC) expression was induced by hASC conditioned medium in the late differentiation step.

Myotubes were observed only in hASCs undergoing the late differentiation step by cellular fusion with C2C12 cells. In contrast, hASCs that were normal or in the early stage were not involved in myotube formation.

Our results indicate that stem cells expressing dystrophin and MyHC are more suitable for myotube formation by co-culture with myoblasts than normal or early differentiated stem cells expressing MyoD and myogenin.

PMID: 21473854 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

A human iPS cell myogenic differentiation system permitting high-throughput drug screening. Stem Cell Res. 2017 Oct 28;25:98-106 Authors: Uchimura T, Otomo J, Sato M, Sakurai H Abstract Muscular dystrophy is a disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness and degeneration. There are currently no available treatments for most muscular diseases, such as muscular dystrophy. Moreover, current therapeutics are focused on improving the quality of life of patients by relieving the symptoms or stress caused by the disease. Although the causative genes for many muscular diseases have been identified, the mechanisms underlying their pathogenesis remain unclear. Patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have become a powerful tool for understanding the pathogenesis of intractable diseases, as well as for phenotype screening, which can serve as the basis for developing new drugs. However, it is necessary to develop an efficient and reproducible myogenic differentiation system. Previously, we reported a tetracycline-inducible MyoD overexpression model of myogenic differentiation using human iPSCs (hiPSCs). However, this model has certain disadvantages that limit its use in various applications, such as a drug screening. In this study, we developed an efficient and reproducible myogenic differentiation system by further modifying our previous protocol. The new protocol achieves efficient differentiation of feeder-free hiPSCs to myogenic cells via small-scale culture in six-well microplates to large-scale culture in 384-well microplates for high-throughput applications. PMID: 29125995 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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