CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Miniature 3D kidney structures created from human stem cells

Recently human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have been used to create 3D kidney structures similar to those found in the uretic bud - a structure found in the early development of kidneys. Click to read more...

2. Human brown adipose tissue derived stem cells for treating Obesity and Diabetes in Adults

Scientists from the University of Utah have identified that brown fat stem cells can help to treat obesity and endocrine disorders like diabetes. These brown fat stem cells showed positive effects on the glucose levels in the pre-human model after transplantation in their study. Click to read more...

3. Transendocardial stem cell injection (TESI) with autologous mesenchymal stem cells and bone marrow mononuclear cells for Ischemic cardiomyopathy studied

Scientists have studied the effects of transendocardial stem cell injection (TESI) of mesenchymal stem cells and bone marrow mononuclear cells clinically in ischemic cardiomyopathy patients with positive outcome.Click to read more...

4. Protein that promotes orderly skeletal growth and prevents skeletal tumors explored

A new study has explored the roles of a protein called liver kinase b1 (Lkb1) in the differentiation of cartilage cells for proper skeletal growth and its role in development of skeletal tumours.Click to read more...

5. Neurological deficits seen in Down syndrome linked to faulty stem cell regulation

Neurological defects observed in Down syndrome has been now linked to the over expression of a particular gene which in turn causes defects in stem cell growth and self-renewal in these patients. Click to read more...

6. Novel immunotherapy for brain tumour shows positive outcome in preclinical study

A novel immunotherapy approach has been employed by scientists in a pre-clincial study for Glioblastoma, a type of brain tumour in which the scientists have used the combination of Interleukin 12 and an immunostimulating drug that suppresses the regulatory T-cells. The results showed efficient tumour rejection. Click to read more...

7. Skin cells derived from Wharton's jelly stem cells – a step forward towards artificial skin

Wharton's jelly mesenschymal stem cells have been succesfully converted into oral-mucosa or skin generation epithelia using a combination of these cells and biomaterials. This study in the future will be useful in the development of artificial skin. Click to read more...

8. Stem cell therapy during LVAD implantation may help improve heart function – suggests study

It has been observed in a clinical study that end-stage heart failure patients who receive a surgically implanted left ventricular assist device (LVAD) benefit even further with a single dose of allogeneic mesenchymal precursor cells (MPCs) injected directly into the heart during the surgery. Click to read more...

9. Differences in stem cell based tissue regeneration in two salamander species explored

Scientists have discovered that in two species of salamander, the tissue regeneration method is different, wherein in one species, muscle cells de-differentiate and form stem cells which contribute to tissue regeneration while in the other, tissue regeneration is from the existing stem cells. Click to read more...

10. Contractile forces leading to asymmetric division of blood stem cells - A major factor in their longevity

A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania has uncovered that it is the contractile forces induced by a protein called myosin IIB which helps in the asymmetric division of blood stem cells thereby helping them to maintain their stem cell property, longevity and thereby sustaining haematopoiesis. Click to read more..

Really???

1. Are you aware about the largest types of viruses discovered so far? They are the Pandora Viruses reported in 2013 which have genomes much larger than those of any other known type of virus and the fact that the presence of several genes in the Pandora virus which are dissimilar to any that are known for other organisms have made scientists speculate that this virus may represent a previously unknown branch of the tree of life.

2. You would have heard about in vitro, in vivo etc. Did you know what in silico is? It means performed on computer or via computer stimulation. In biological sciences, drug discovery with virtual screening, developing cell models using computer, etc. represent some examples of in silico applications.
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