Journal article

Wnt3a regulates survival, expansion, and maintenance of neural progenitors derived from human embryonic stem cells

Kathryn C Davidson, Pegah Jarnshidi, Rachel Daly, Milton TW Hearn, Martin F Pera, Mirella Dottori

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR NEUROSCIENCE | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2007

Abstract

Many reports describe the efficient derivation and expansion of neural progenitors (NP) from human embryonic stem cells (hESC). However, little is known about the signaling factors found within the neurosphere microenvironment that regulate NP maintenance and differentiation. We show that Wnt ligand and receptor transcripts are endogenously upregulated within neurospheres derived from noggin-primed hESC. In addition, neurosphere formation and size were significantly greater in the presence of exogenous Wnt3a compared to control conditions. Inhibition of endogenous Wnt signaling resulted in a significant reduction in the efficiency of neurosphere formation and overall size, due to effects on ..

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