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Cellular reprogramming employing recombinant sox2 protein.

Thier M, Münst B, Mielke S, Edenhofer F - Stem Cells Int (2012)

Bottom Line: To become clinically meaningful, safe iPS cells need to be generated exhibiting no permanent genetic modifications that are caused by viral integrations of the reprogramming transgenes.Employing optimized conditions for protein delivery, we demonstrate that Sox2-TAT protein is able to substitute for viral Sox2.Sox2-piPS cells express pluripotency-associated markers and differentiate into all three germ layers.

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Affiliation: Stem Cell Engineering Group, Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn-Life & Brain Center and Hertie Foundation, Sigmund-Freud Straße 25, D-53105 Bonn, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells represent an attractive option for the derivation of patient-specific pluripotent cells for cell replacement therapies as well as disease modeling. To become clinically meaningful, safe iPS cells need to be generated exhibiting no permanent genetic modifications that are caused by viral integrations of the reprogramming transgenes. Recently, various experimental strategies have been applied to accomplish transgene-free derivation of iPS cells, including the use of nonintegrating viruses, episomal expression, or excision of transgenes after reprogramming by site-specific recombinases or transposases. A straightforward approach to induce reprogramming factors is the direct delivery of either synthetic mRNA or biologically active proteins. We previously reported the generation of cell-permeant versions of Oct4 (Oct4-TAT) and Sox2 (Sox2-TAT) proteins and showed that Oct4-TAT is reprogramming-competent, that is, it can substitute for Oct4-encoding virus. Here, we explore conditions for enhanced Sox2-TAT protein stabilization and functional delivery into somatic cells. We show that cell-permeant Sox2 protein can be stabilized by lipid-rich albumin supplements in serum replacement or low-serum-supplemented media. Employing optimized conditions for protein delivery, we demonstrate that Sox2-TAT protein is able to substitute for viral Sox2. Sox2-piPS cells express pluripotency-associated markers and differentiate into all three germ layers.

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In vitro differentiation of Sox2-piPS cells. Spontaneously differentiated Sox2-piPS cells were stained for β-3-tubulin (TUJ1, ectoderm) smooth muscle actin (SMA, Mesoderm), and α-fetoprotein (AFP, endoderm) as indicated. DAPI co-staining was performed in every condition.
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fig5: In vitro differentiation of Sox2-piPS cells. Spontaneously differentiated Sox2-piPS cells were stained for β-3-tubulin (TUJ1, ectoderm) smooth muscle actin (SMA, Mesoderm), and α-fetoprotein (AFP, endoderm) as indicated. DAPI co-staining was performed in every condition.

Mentions: Two Sox2-protein iPS colonies were isolated and expanded for further characterization, yielding Sox2-piPS-1 and Sox2-piPS-2 cell lines, respectively. Both could be proliferated for at least 20 passages, and they maintained their Oct4 promoter-driven GFP activity. Moreover, they stained positively for the pluripotency-associated cell surface marker SSEA-1 (Figure 4(a)). Sox2-piPS-1 and Sox2-piPS-2 were subjected to PCR analysis in order to assess transgenic integrations. This analysis revealed that both lines carry integrated viral transgenes, but no exogenous Sox2 (Figure 4(b)). Transgene silencing represents a major hallmark of successful iPS derivation. Thus, we applied RT-PCR analysis to detect the transcripts of the transgenic reprogramming factors as well as endogenous stemness factors. Both clones analyzed exhibit no detectable transgenic Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, or c-Myc (Figure 4(c)). The mRNA of endogenous Oct4, Sox2 and Nanog, in contrast, was found as abundant as in the ES control cells, indicating complete silencing of exogenous factors and reactivation of the endogenous grid of stemness. Finally, we set out to confirm the pluripotent status of Sox2-piPS-2 by spontaneous differentiation into embryoid bodies (EBs). 5-day old EBs were plated and analyzed for the appearance of specific germ layer marker by staining against β-3-tubulin (TUJ1), smooth muscle actin (SMA), and α-feto-protein (AFP) (Figure 5). According to this analysis, Sox2-piPS-2 cells differentiated into all three germ layers, demonstrating an unrestricted in vitro differentiation potential.


Cellular reprogramming employing recombinant sox2 protein.

Thier M, Münst B, Mielke S, Edenhofer F - Stem Cells Int (2012)

In vitro differentiation of Sox2-piPS cells. Spontaneously differentiated Sox2-piPS cells were stained for β-3-tubulin (TUJ1, ectoderm) smooth muscle actin (SMA, Mesoderm), and α-fetoprotein (AFP, endoderm) as indicated. DAPI co-staining was performed in every condition.
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fig5: In vitro differentiation of Sox2-piPS cells. Spontaneously differentiated Sox2-piPS cells were stained for β-3-tubulin (TUJ1, ectoderm) smooth muscle actin (SMA, Mesoderm), and α-fetoprotein (AFP, endoderm) as indicated. DAPI co-staining was performed in every condition.
Mentions: Two Sox2-protein iPS colonies were isolated and expanded for further characterization, yielding Sox2-piPS-1 and Sox2-piPS-2 cell lines, respectively. Both could be proliferated for at least 20 passages, and they maintained their Oct4 promoter-driven GFP activity. Moreover, they stained positively for the pluripotency-associated cell surface marker SSEA-1 (Figure 4(a)). Sox2-piPS-1 and Sox2-piPS-2 were subjected to PCR analysis in order to assess transgenic integrations. This analysis revealed that both lines carry integrated viral transgenes, but no exogenous Sox2 (Figure 4(b)). Transgene silencing represents a major hallmark of successful iPS derivation. Thus, we applied RT-PCR analysis to detect the transcripts of the transgenic reprogramming factors as well as endogenous stemness factors. Both clones analyzed exhibit no detectable transgenic Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, or c-Myc (Figure 4(c)). The mRNA of endogenous Oct4, Sox2 and Nanog, in contrast, was found as abundant as in the ES control cells, indicating complete silencing of exogenous factors and reactivation of the endogenous grid of stemness. Finally, we set out to confirm the pluripotent status of Sox2-piPS-2 by spontaneous differentiation into embryoid bodies (EBs). 5-day old EBs were plated and analyzed for the appearance of specific germ layer marker by staining against β-3-tubulin (TUJ1), smooth muscle actin (SMA), and α-feto-protein (AFP) (Figure 5). According to this analysis, Sox2-piPS-2 cells differentiated into all three germ layers, demonstrating an unrestricted in vitro differentiation potential.

Bottom Line: To become clinically meaningful, safe iPS cells need to be generated exhibiting no permanent genetic modifications that are caused by viral integrations of the reprogramming transgenes.Employing optimized conditions for protein delivery, we demonstrate that Sox2-TAT protein is able to substitute for viral Sox2.Sox2-piPS cells express pluripotency-associated markers and differentiate into all three germ layers.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Stem Cell Engineering Group, Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn-Life & Brain Center and Hertie Foundation, Sigmund-Freud Straße 25, D-53105 Bonn, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells represent an attractive option for the derivation of patient-specific pluripotent cells for cell replacement therapies as well as disease modeling. To become clinically meaningful, safe iPS cells need to be generated exhibiting no permanent genetic modifications that are caused by viral integrations of the reprogramming transgenes. Recently, various experimental strategies have been applied to accomplish transgene-free derivation of iPS cells, including the use of nonintegrating viruses, episomal expression, or excision of transgenes after reprogramming by site-specific recombinases or transposases. A straightforward approach to induce reprogramming factors is the direct delivery of either synthetic mRNA or biologically active proteins. We previously reported the generation of cell-permeant versions of Oct4 (Oct4-TAT) and Sox2 (Sox2-TAT) proteins and showed that Oct4-TAT is reprogramming-competent, that is, it can substitute for Oct4-encoding virus. Here, we explore conditions for enhanced Sox2-TAT protein stabilization and functional delivery into somatic cells. We show that cell-permeant Sox2 protein can be stabilized by lipid-rich albumin supplements in serum replacement or low-serum-supplemented media. Employing optimized conditions for protein delivery, we demonstrate that Sox2-TAT protein is able to substitute for viral Sox2. Sox2-piPS cells express pluripotency-associated markers and differentiate into all three germ layers.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus