Here is a selection of publications where different laminin isoforms were used to create more authentic cell culture systems.

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  • Laminin 511 and WNT signalling sustain prolonged expansion of hiPSC-derived hippocampal progenitors

    Keagan Dunville, Fabrizio Tonelli, Elena Novelli, Azzurra Codino, Verediana Massa, Anna Maria Frontino, Silvia Galfrè, Francesca Biondi, Stefano Gustincich, Matteo Caleo , Luca Pandolfini, Claudia Alia, and Federico Cremisi. Development, 2022

    The authors identify laminin-511 as a crucial laminin isoform for prolonging the neural stem cell (NSC) state and extending hippocampal NSC proliferation for over 200 days in vitro. Biolaminin 511 supported adhesion and cell cycle progression of the dividing hippocampal progenitors. LN511 was crucial in supporting progenitor proliferation, inhibiting differentiation, and sustaining a gene expression profile responsible for maintaining a hippocampal neurogenic niche for extended periods compared with isoforms LN121, LN332, LN441, and with a mouse laminin product. The study involved a novel protocol for differentiating hippocampal NPCs from human induced pluripotent stem cells via a WNT actuator. The differentiation capability of both young and older NPC populations was retained when tested by xenografting into mice.

  • Hippocampal neurons: Laminin chain expression suggests that laminin-10 is a major isoform in the mouse hippocampus and is degraded by the tissue plasminogen activator/plasmin protease cascade during excitotoxic injury

    Indyk et al.
    Neuroscience, 2003

  • The hippocampal laminin matrix is dynamic and critical for neuronal survival

    Zu-Lin Chen, Justin A. Indyk, and Sidney Strickland Molecular Biology of the Cell, 2003

    In this article, the authors investigated how laminin is involved in neuronal viability by infusing laminin-1 (α1,β1,γ1) into the mouse hippocampus. The results demonstrate that the laminin matrix is a dynamic structure amenable to modification by exogenous molecules.

  • Laminin/β1 integrin signal triggers axon formation by promoting microtubule assembly and stabilization

    Lei W.L., Xing S.G., Deng C.Y., Ju X.C., Jiang X.Y., Luo Z.G.Cell Research 2012

    In this study, the authors present several lines of evidence implicating the indispensable role of laminin in promoting neural polarization through integrin b1 (Itgb1) mediated microtubule assembly and stabilization. Laminin coated substrates (either in stripes or gradient) could initiate directional axon growth in undifferentiated neurites of both cultured hippocampal neurons and cortical slices in an Itgb1 dependent manner. Impairing endogenous laminin function either by treatment with exogenous laminins or by abolishing Itgb1 signaling using siRNA, resulted in defective axonal formation. Conditional knock out mice with abrogated Itgb1 expression in dorsal telencephalic progenitors displayed defective expression/activity of neuronal polarity related proteins, SAD and LKB1 kinases in addition to abnormal axonal development of cortical pyramidal neurons. These results not only identify laminin/ integrin b1 signaling as a crucial step in axon initiation and development but also link extracellular matrix adhesion to cytoskeleton remodeling that occurs during neuronal polarization.