Subarea 1: Stem Cell Aging

The individual research groups within Subarea 1 investigate the causes and consequences of stem cell aging. The research work spans from basic model organisms over genetic mouse models up to humanized mouse models engrafted with human stem cells.

According to the FLI, with the closure of two groups since 2016 the representation of invertebrate models of stem cell research was reduced in Subarea 1. The institute presumes that the recruitment of new groups should fill this gap.

The research is defined by four focus areas:

  • Cell-intrinsic mechanisms limiting the function of aging stem and progenitor cells,
  • Aging-associated alterations of stem cell niches and the systemic environment,
  • Mechanisms of clonal selection and epigenetic drifts in stem cell aging, and
  • Microbiota- and metabolism-induced impairments in stem cell function during aging (in context of the new focus area Microbiota and Aging currently being built up within Subarea 2).

Research focus of Subarea 1.

a) It is currently not well understood what mechanisms impair cellular functions in aging. b) The relative contribution of niche cells and systemic acting factors on stem cell aging have yet to be determined in different tissues. c) Clonal expansion of mutant cells associates with disease development in aging humans. Mechanistically, the process remains poorly understood. Changes in color intensity depict clonal dominance originating from stem (green) or progenitor cells (gray). d) Emerging evidences indicate that aging associated alterations in microbiota influence stem cell function and vice versa.

Publications

(since 2016)

2021

  • Nicotinamide for the treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
    Abdellatif M, Trummer-Herbst V, Koser F, Durand S, Adão R, Vasques-Nóvoa F, Freundt JK, Voglhuber J, Pricolo MR, Kasa M, Türk C, Aprahamian F, Herrero-Galán E, Hofer SJ, Pendl T, Rech L, Kargl J, Anto-Michel N, Ljubojevic-Holzer S, Schipke J, Brandenberger C, Auer M, Schreiber R, Koyani CN, Heinemann A, Zirlik A, Schmidt A, von Lewinski D, Scherr D, Rainer PP, von Maltzahn J, Mühlfeld C, Krüger M, Frank S, Madeo F, Eisenberg T, Prokesch A, Leite-Moreira AF, Lourenço AP, Alegre-Cebollada J, Kiechl S, Linke WA, Kroemer G, Sedej S
    Sci Transl Med 2021, 13(580)
  • BCL3 couples cancer stem cell enrichment with pancreatic cancer molecular subtypes.
    Ai J, Wörmann SM, Görgülü K, Vallespinos M, Zagorac S, Alcala S, Wu N, Kabacaoglu D, Berninger A, Navarro D, Kaya-Aksoy E, Ruess DA, Ciecielski KJ, Kowalska M, Demir EI, Ceyhan GO, Heid I, Braren R, Riemann M, Schreiner S, Hofmann S, Kutschke M, Jastroch M, Slotta-Huspenina J, Muckenhuber A, Schlitter AM, Schmid RM, Steiger K, Diakopoulos KN, Lesina M, Sainz B, Algül H
    Gastroenterology 2021 (epub ahead of print)
  • Targeting enzyme aging.
    Becker F, Rudolph KL
    Science 2021, 371(6528), 462-3
  • Transient telomere dysfunction induces chromosomal instability and promotes carcinogenesis.
    Begus-Nahrmann Y, Hartmann D, Kraus J, Eshraghi P, Scheffold A, Grieb M, Rasche V, Schirmacher P, Lee HW, Kestler HA, Lechel A, Rudolph KL
    J Clin Invest 2021, 131(1) Corrigendum for J Clin Invest. 2012;122(6):2283–2288
  • Tnfaip2/exoc3-driven lipid metabolism is essential for stem cell differentiation and organ homeostasis.
    Deb S, Felix DA, Koch P, Deb MK, Szafranski K, Buder K, Sannai M, Groth M, Kirkpatrick J, Pietsch S, Gollowitzer A, Groß A, Riemenschneider P, Koeberle A, González-Estévez** C, Rudolph** KL
    EMBO Rep 2021, 22(1), e49328 ** co-corresponding authors
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Senescence and Implications for the Treatment of Myeloid Malignancies.
    Ernst P, Heidel FH
    Cancers (Basel) 2021, 13(4)
  • GMPPA defects cause a neuromuscular disorder with α-dystroglycan hyperglycosylation.
    Franzka P, Henze H, Jung MJ, Schüler SC, Mittag S, Biskup K, Liebmann L, Kentache T, Morales J, Martínez B, Katona I, Herrmann T, Huebner AK, Hennings JC, Groth S, Gresing LJ, Horstkorte R, Marquardt T, Weis J, Kaether C, Mutchinick OM, Ori A, Huber O, Blanchard V, von Maltzahn J, Hübner CA
    J Clin Invest 2021 (epub ahead of print)
  • Single Myofiber Culture Assay for the Assessment of Adult Muscle Stem Cell Functionality Ex Vivo.
    Hüttner SS, Hayn C, Ahrens HE, Schmidt M, Henze H, von Maltzahn J
    J Vis Exp 2021
  • Stem cell aging.
    Rudolph KL
    Mech Ageing Dev 2021, 193, 111394
  • Correction: Dietary restriction improves repopulation but impairs lymphoid differentiation capacity of hematopoietic stem cells in early aging.
    Tang D, Tao S, Chen Z, Koliesnik IO, Calmes PG, Hoerr V, Han B, Gebert N, Zörnig M, Löffler B, Morita Y, Rudolph KL
    J Exp Med 2021, 218(1)