Ubiquitin-specific protease 7 (USP7) is highly expressed in a variety of malignant tumors. However, the role of USP7 in regulating self-renewal and differentiation of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hBMSCs) remains unknown. Herein, we report that USP7 regulates self-renewal of hBMSCs and is required during the early stages of osteogenic, adipogenic, and chondrogenic differentiation of hBMSCs. USP7, a deubiquitinating enzyme (DUB), was found to be downregulated during hBMSC differentiation. Furthermore, USP7 is an upstream regulator of the self-renewal regulating proteins SOX2 and NANOG in hBMSCs. Moreover, we observed that SOX2 and NANOG are poly-ubiquitinated and their expression is downregulated in USP7-deficient hBMSCs. Overall, this study showed that USP7 is required for maintaining self-renewal and multipotency in cultured hBMSCs. Targeting USP7 might be a novel strategy to preserve the self-renewal capacity of hBMSCs intended for stem cell therapy.
|Journal||International journal of molecular sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2022 Aug|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2021R1A2C2006556, J. W. Lee) and a faculty research grant from the Yonsei University College of Medicine (6-2018-0067, Y-M. Chun).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Computer Science Applications
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry