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Transcription Factor-mediated Neuronal Cell Fate Programming in Human Stem Cells

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 1˙495˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙495˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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 Project objective

The discovery of pluripotent stem cells has expanded the working modes in biology towards the reverse engineering of specific cell types. Unlike studying developmental phenomena in vivo, we are now theoretically able to mimic some of these processes in a dish. The use of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells facilitates studying the genesis of human cell types in an ethically approved setting. However, exploiting the full potency of stem cells is only possible with very few differentiated cell types. In particular, the generation of neurons is in its infancy: of the many neuronal types present in the brain, only a few types have been generated in vitro. So far, neuronal differentiation protocols are multifaceted and tailored to individual cell types. The molecular events that occur during reprogramming remain enigmatic. Hence, we cannot confer these protocols easily on producing different neurons of interest. Therefore, we plan to induce transcription factors as differentiation control buttons in human iPS cells in order to explore in vitro neurogenesis systematically. First, we will apply a human transcription factor library to conditional fluorescent iPS reporter lines, facilitating high-throughput isolation and analysis of induced neurons. Second, the underlying gene regulatory networks will be revealed using RNA-sequencing over the entire differentiation period to identify the biological rules of in vitro neuronal differentiation. We will combine these in-depth transcriptomic analyses with morphological, anatomical, and functional characterizations. Finally, based on our discoveries, we will engineer human photoreceptors that can be applied to cell transplantation experiments in retinal degeneration diseases. Conceptually, our approach paves the way for targeted “forward” programming of human iPS cells to neurons.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Simon D. Klapper, Evelyn J. Sauter, Anka Swiersy, Max A. E. Hyman, Christian Bamann, Ernst Bamberg, Volker Busskamp
On-demand optogenetic activation of human stem-cell-derived neurons
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-14827-6
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-07-08
2016 Simon D. Klapper, Anka Swiersy, Ernst Bamberg, Volker Busskamp
Biophysical Properties of Optogenetic Tools and Their Application for Vision Restoration Approaches
published pages: , ISSN: 1662-5137, DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2016.00074
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 10 2019-07-08
2017 Rebecca S. Lam, Felix M. Töpfer, Phillip G. Wood, Volker Busskamp, Ernst Bamberg
Functional Maturation of Human Stem Cell-Derived Neurons in Long-Term Cultures
published pages: e0169506, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169506
PLOS ONE 12/1 2019-07-08
2018 Lisa K. Kutsche, Deisy M. Gysi, Joerg Fallmann, Kerstin Lenk, Rebecca Petri, Anka Swiersy, Simon D. Klapper, Karolina Pircs, Shahryar Khattak, Peter F. Stadler, Johan Jakobsson, Katja Nowick, Volker Busskamp
Combined Experimental and System-Level Analyses Reveal the Complex Regulatory Network of miR-124 during Human Neurogenesis
published pages: 438-452.e8, ISSN: 2405-4712, DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2018.08.011
Cell Systems 7/4 2019-04-18

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