Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 20                       vol.2; iss.3                              09 February 2011



1. Programmable Cell therapies – A futuristic approach

In a promising study Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have created tiny internal depots within human mesenchymal adult stem cells that can slowly release a variety of agents to influence the behavior of not only the cells containing the depots, but also those close to them and even much farther awayClick to read more...

2. Novel Technique to assess quality of stem cells

Researchers reporting in the February 4th issue of the journal Cell have devised a method to quickly and comprehensively characterize embryonic and iPS cells using a series of genomic assays that has yielded genome-wide reference maps which the authors feel could help in assessing the quality of these cell linesClick to read more...

3. Stem cells through the nose to the brain for Parkinsonism

In a study published in Rejuvenation Research Stem cells, delivered intranasally, were found to substantially improve motor function in Parkinson's disease .Click to read more...

4. Early infusion of T regulatory Cells to prevent Graft Versus Host Disease

In a trial conducted at the University of Perugia in Italy researchers have explored the use of a population of T cells called regulatory T cells (Tregs) to prevent immune rejection after stem cell transplant and results of the study revealed that 26 patients of 28 patients enrolled in the study achieved full-donor engraftment without any Graft versus host immune rejectionClick to read more...

5. Scientists discover crucial genetic switch controlling stem cell function

Researchers at the University of Rochester have identified a genetic switch that controls oxidative stress in stem cells and thus governs stem cell functionClick to read more...

6. Reprogrammed Cells retain their memory

Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified that iPS cells reprogrammed from adult somatic cells retain their memory of the tissue of origin resulting in incomplete reprogramming Click to read more...

7. Placenta-derived stem cells promote functional recovery in mice models of stroke

Researchers have found that the placenta-derived stem cells promoted functional recovery in the laboratory mice with modeled stroke by their interaction with MT1, a melatonin receptorClick to read more...

8. Stem cells from children with congenital heart disease to rebuild hearts

A recent in vitro study has identified that heart stem cells from children with congenital heart disease have the potential to rebuild the damaged heart Click to read more...

9. New insights into functions of a major stem cell marker

Salk Institute of Biological Studies investigators have identified a new function of nestin , one of the major stem cell markers, that it regulates formation of the neuromuscular junction, the contact point between muscle cells and “their” motor neurons and this could help in future studies related to neuromuscular disordersClick to read more...

10. Chemically defined culture mediums to produce clinical grade Human Embryonic stem cells

A team of stem cell biologists and engineers from UCLA has identified a chemically defined culture medium of optimal combination and concentration of small-molecule inhibitors to support the long-term quality and maintenance of hES cells in feeder-free and serum-free conditions.Click to read more...

11. Adult kidney stem cells identified- Stem cell therapy for renal diseases possible

Harvard Cell Institute researchers have identified adult kidney stem cells in the zebrafish that can generate new nephrons. These cells can be transplanted from one fish to another fish, whereby they grow into functional nephrons in the transplanted recipient.Click to read more...




1. Cell Society First Annual Clinical Meeting
February 18-19, 2011
La Jolla, California. Click here

2. World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress
May 10-12,2011
London, United Kingdom. Click here

3. 2nd International Cancer Immunotherapy & Immunomonitoring Conference
May 2-5, 2011 - Budapest, Hungary. Click here


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