Modulation of Notch Signaling at Early Stages of Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Dopaminergic Neurons


Elaboration of protocols for differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells to dopamine neurons is an important issue for development of cell replacement therapy for Parkinson's disease. A number of protocols have been already developed; however, their efficiency and specificity still can be improved. Investigating the role of signaling cascades, important for neurogenesis, can help to solve this problem and to provide a deeper understanding of their role in neuronal development. Notch signaling plays an essential role in development and maintenance of the central nervous system after birth. In our study, we analyzed the effect of Notch activation and inhibition at the early stages of differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells to dopaminergic neurons. We found that, during the first seven days of differentiation, the cells were not sensitive to the Notch inhibition. On the contrary, activation of Notch signaling during the same time period led to significant changes and was associated with an increase in expression of genes, specific for caudal parts of the brain, a decrease of expression of genes, specific for forebrain, as well as a decrease of expression of genes, important for the formation of axons and dendrites and microtubule stabilizing proteins.

Authors Katolikova NV, Khudiakov AA, Shafranskaya DD, Prjibelski AD, Masharskiy AE, Mor MS, Golovkin AS, Zaytseva AK, Neganova IE, Efimova EV, Gainetdinov RR, Malashicheva AB
Journal International journal of molecular sciences
Publication Date 2023 Jan 11;24(2)
PubMed 36674941
PubMed Central PMC9867149
DOI 10.3390/ijms24021429

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