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Title: Epigenetic analysis and suitability of amniotic fluid stem cells for research and therapeutic purposes
Authors: Tatsanee Phermthai
Singpetch Suksompong
Nednapis Tirawanchai
Surapol Issaragrisil
Suphakde Julavijitphong
Suparat Wichitwiengrat
Decha Silpsorn
Puttachart Pokathikorn
Mahidol University
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-May-2013
Citation: Stem Cells and Development. Vol.22, No.9 (2013), 1319-1328
Abstract: Amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSs) are interesting mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that are characterized by their great potential for cell proliferation and differentiation compared with other types of MSCs identified to date. However, MSCs in prolonged culture have been found to exhibit defects in genetic stability and differentiation capacity. Epigenetic anomalies have been hypothesized to be a cause of these defects. Here, we investigated the genomic methylation and genetic imprinting in AFSs during prolonged in vitro culture. Four human imprinted genes, insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2), H19, small nuclear ribonucleoprotein polypeptide N gene (SNRPN), and mesoderm-specific transcript (MEST), were evaluated for their expression levels and methylation statuses in AFS lines. The data revealed epigenetic instability in high passage number AFS cultures. The real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis showed that the expression levels of the imprinted genes gradually increased with increased time in culture. The loss of parental allele-specific imprinting for at least 1 gene among IGF2, H19, and SNRPN was observed in every AFS line after passage 8 using allelic expression analysis. The imprinting control regions (ICRs) of the IGF2 and H19 genes were assayed for site-specific methylation using bisulfite sequencing. This assay revealed a variable level of methylated CpG sites in the ICRs of IGF2 and H19. This variable level of CpG methylation is related to the aberrant expression of the IGF2 and H19 genes in late-passage AFSs. Our results did not reveal any irregularity in the epigenetic control system in the early-passage AFSs, indicating that the standard in vitro culturing of AFSs used in medical treatments should be limited to 8 passages. © 2013 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN: 15578534
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