CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Developmental Switch that directs neural crest cell development identified

The possible answer to the question of how some cells of the neural tube in the embryo (which forms the central nervous system) migrate and give rise to the neural crest cells that form parts of the facial skeleton, pigment cells etc, Researchers have identified an enzyme that acts as the switch in this process. Click to read more...

2. Restoring fertility after chemotherapy in men possible using own sperm stem cells – Animal study reveals

A study done in macaques has revealed that when sperm stem cells are stored before chemotherapy and injected back after chemotherapy, they helped the macaques produce healthy sperms that were able to fertilize eggs. Click to read more...

3. Insight into the Sugars that regulate stem cell behavior

Glycans, which are a type of sugar molecules, have been now identified to play an important role in control of cell behaviour of embryonic stem cells in mice.Click to read more...

4. Cartilage tissue engineered from Induced Pluripotent Stem cells

Duke University researchers have successfully created cartilage tissue using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adult mouse fibroblasts and the tailored cells produced greater amounts of cartilage components and exhibited stiffness of native cartilage tissue. Click to read more...

5. Chromosomal abnormality of cells derived from Down Syndrome patient corrected in the lab

A team of scientists lead by Dr. Li.B have successfully corrected the genetic condition called Trisomy 21 in induced pluripotent stem cells derived from Down Syndrome patients. Click to read more...

6. Amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stromal cell transplantation in a porcine model of chronic myocardial ischemia proves success

A team of Japanese researchers have transplanted amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stromal cells(AMSC) in a porcine model of myocardial ischemia with success and the transplanted cells survived without use of immunosuppression and gained cardiac phenotype. Click to read more...

7. Transplanted Neurons derived from stem cells, actually work- proves study

Scientists have shown in a study that transplanted neurons derived from stem cells when ontogenetically stimulated not only conduct electrical impulses but they also triggered the existing neurons to fire high-frequency oscillations.Click to read more...

8. Factors behind longer survival time in myeloma patients who underwent stem cell transplantation identified

A study has identified the factors that give rise to a higher survival rate in myeloma patients who had undergone stem cell transplantation. The factors included albumin levels at diagnosis, achievement of response after transplantation etc.Click to read more...

9. Study offers insights into the Genetic Roadblocks that slow iPS cells reprogramming process

A team has identified the impediments to cellular reprogramming process that creates iPS cells. They found that many regions in the genome were "refractory" to the binding of the reprogramming factors at 48 hours but later they eventually were activated giving rise to iPS cells. Click to read more...

10. Cell Source capable of giving rise to insulin producing cells identified in the pancreas

Professor Len Harrison and Dr Ilia Banakh have pinpointed the cell of origin of insulin producing cells and they also demonstrated that their ability to turn into insulin-producing cells increase in response to pancreas injury. This study in the future will help in developing novel cell based approaches for treating diabetes. Click to read more..

11. Lung Cancer stem cells isolated and grown in preclinical model with success

A new study has shown that Lung cancer stem cells can be isolated and used for studies in a mouse model with full immune system function in contrast to existing pre-clinical models in which it is difficult to study the interaction between such cancer stem cells and the immune system. Click to read more..

12. Lung on a microchip – biomimetic device developed

As a potential alternative to time consuming and costly animal testing, scientists have created a Human disease model of drug toxicity-induced pulmonary edema in a microchip. Click to read more..

Really???

1. Do you know why the highly feared Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) are so virulent? It is because they have exclusive and highly preserved nonribosomal peptides known as aureusimines

2. Gerty Cori the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She was awarded the Nobel Prize along with her husband for discovery of course of the catalytic conversion of glycogen.

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