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Development DOI:10.1242/dev.117978

Generation of neuropeptidergic hypothalamic neurons from human pluripotent stem cells.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMerkle, FT, Maroof, A, Wataya, T, Sasai, Y, Studer, L, Eggan, K, Schier, AF
Date Published2015 Feb 15
KeywordsAgouti-Related Protein, Arginine Vasopressin, Humans, Hypothalamic Hormones, Hypothalamus, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Melanins, Neurons, Neuropeptides, Orexins, Oxytocin, Pituitary Hormones, Pluripotent Stem Cells, Pro-Opiomelanocortin, Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone

Hypothalamic neurons orchestrate many essential physiological and behavioral processes via secreted neuropeptides, and are relevant to human diseases such as obesity, narcolepsy and infertility. We report the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into many of the major types of neuropeptidergic hypothalamic neurons, including those producing pro-opiolemelanocortin, agouti-related peptide, hypocretin/orexin, melanin-concentrating hormone, oxytocin, arginine vasopressin, corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) or thyrotropin-releasing hormone. Hypothalamic neurons can be generated using a 'self-patterning' strategy that yields a broad array of cell types, or via a more reproducible directed differentiation approach. Stem cell-derived human hypothalamic neurons share characteristic morphological properties and gene expression patterns with their counterparts in vivo, and are able to integrate into the mouse brain. These neurons could form the basis of cellular models, chemical screens or cellular therapies to study and treat common human diseases.


Alternate JournalDevelopment
PubMed ID25670790
PubMed Central IDPMC4325380
Grant ListR21 NS071598 / NS / NINDS NIH HHS / United States
R01 GM085357 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
1R21NS071598 / NS / NINDS NIH HHS / United States
5K99NS083713 / NS / NINDS NIH HHS / United States
/ / Howard Hughes Medical Institute / United States
K99 NS083713 / NS / NINDS NIH HHS / United States