NF-κB Activity Initiates Human ESC-Derived Neural Progenitor Cell Differentiation by Inducing a Metabolic Maturation Program

Stem Cell Reports. 2018 Jun 5;10(6):1766-1781. doi: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2018.03.015. Epub 2018 Apr 19.


Human neural development begins at embryonic day 19 and marks the beginning of organogenesis. Neural stem cells in the neural tube undergo profound functional, morphological, and metabolic changes during neural specification, coordinated by a combination of exogenous and endogenous cues. The temporal cell signaling activities that mediate this process, during development and in the postnatal brain, are incompletely understood. We have applied gene expression studies and transcription factor-activated reporter lentiviruses during in vitro neural specification of human pluripotent stem cells. We show that nuclear factor κB orchestrates a multi-faceted metabolic program necessary for the maturation of neural progenitor cells during neurogenesis.

Keywords: NF-κB signaling; autophagy; cell cycle; human embryonic development; metabolism; neurogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Autophagy
  • Biomarkers
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Differentiation* / genetics
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Embryonic Stem Cells / metabolism*
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Ontology
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Models, Biological
  • NF-kappa B / metabolism*
  • Neural Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Neural Stem Cells / metabolism*
  • Neurogenesis / genetics
  • Phenotype
  • Signal Transduction


  • Biomarkers
  • NF-kappa B