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Stem Cell Reports Resource Differentiation of Inflammation-Responsive Astrocytes from Glial Progenitors Generated from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

By Renata Santos, Krishna Vadodaria, Baptiste Jaeger, Arianna Mei, Sabrina Lefcochilos-Fogelquist, Ana P.D. Mendes, Galina Erikson, Maxim Shokhirev, Lynne Randolph-Moore, Callie Fredlender, Sonia Dave, Ruth Oefner, Conor Fitzpatrick, Monique Pena, Jerika Barron, Manching Ku, Ahmet Denli, Bilal Kerman, Patrick Charnay, John Kelsoe, Maria Marchetto and Fred Gage


International audienceAstrocyte dysfunction and neuroinflammation are detrimental features in multiple pathologies of the CNS. Therefore, the development of methods that produce functional human astrocytes represents an advance in the study of neurological diseases. Here we report an efficient method for inflammation-responsive astrocyte generation from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and embryonic stem cells. This protocol uses an intermediate glial progenitor stage and generates functional astrocytes that show levels of glutamate uptake and calcium activation comparable with those observed in human primary astrocytes. Stimulation of stem cell-derived astrocytes with interleukin-1b or tumor necrosis factor a elicits a strong and rapid pro-inflammatory response. RNA-sequencing transcriptome profiling confirmed that similar gene expression changes occurred in iPSC-derived and primary astrocytes upon stimulation with interleukin-1b. This protocol represents an important tool for modeling in-a-dish neuro-logical diseases with an inflammatory component, allowing for the investigation of the role of diseased astrocytes in neuronal degeneration

Topics: [SDV]Life Sciences [q-bio]
Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2017.05.011
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-02328326v1
Provided by: HAL Descartes
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