© 2016, The Author(s). Given their totipotency, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) can differentiate into all types of cells, including adipocytes, and provide an excellent research model for studying diseases associated with the metabolism of adipocytes, such as obesity and diabetes mellitus. Epigenetic regulation, including DNA methylation and histone modification, plays an essential role in the development and differentiation of hESCs. Lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), a well-characterized histone-modifying enzyme, demethylates dimethylated histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) through a flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD)-dependent oxidative reaction. LSD1 affects the growth and differentiation of human and mouse ES cells, and the deletion of this gene in mice leads to embryonic lethality. Here, we investigated the functional role of LSD1 during the adipogenic differentiation of hESCs involving the demethylation of H3K4. We also found that treating hESCs with the LSD1 inhibitor CBB1007 promotes the adipogenic differentiation of hESCs.
Xiong, Y., Wang, E., Huang, Y., Guo, X., Yu, Y., Du, Q., … Sun, Y. (2016). Inhibition of Lysine-Specific Demethylase-1 (LSD1/KDM1A) Promotes the Adipogenic Differentiation of hESCs Through H3K4 Methylation. Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, 12(3), 298–304. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12015-016-9650-z