CURRENT STEM CELL NEWS

1. Stem cells delay their own death to support healing

Planarian stem cells delay their death due to apoptosis even when challenged and under a lot of duress, while responding to an injury. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

2. Improved production efficiency of pluripotent cell derived insulin secreting cells

Researchers have employed an improved protocol that helps produce pancreatic progenitors from human pluripotent stem cells which are more functionally mature and glucose-responsive. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

3. Low Vitamin D increases mortality rate in COVID-19 cases

Vitamin D modulates the response of white blood cells, preventing them from releasing too many inflammatory cytokines preventing the cytokine storm caused by COVID-19 and hence lower Vitamin D levels correlate with higher mortality rates due to COVID-19. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

4. MRI based biomarker for neural stem cell therapy

MRI has been used to quantify niches molecularly receptive to cells in the brain and when penumbra-to-core ratio is low, cell therapy is not indicated. . Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

5. Biosynthetic capacity – key to cancer stem cell survival

It has been identified that tumours exhibit a protein production gradient, and once this biosynthesis activity is exhausted, these tumour cells cannot turn to cancer stem cell state. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

6. Proteins critical to maintain hair follicles identified

A pair of gene-regulatory proteins that act as gatekeepers for maintaining the reserve of hair follicle stem cells has been identified. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

7. CAR-T cell therapy to selective eliminate leukemia stem cells

CAR-T cell therapy has been employed to selectively target healthy cells and eliminate malignant hematopoietic cells. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

8. First clinical trial of iPSC for heart disease in China reports positive outcome

Two men in China who were the first people in the world to receive induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) treatment for heart disease have recovered successfully one year later, though the results are yet to be published in a journal. Click to read more...

9. Topical application of fat stem cell extract treats baldness in clinical trial

A randomised clinical trial has shown that application of adipose‐derived stem cell constituent extract (ADSC‐CE) has helped in hair regrowth in patients with androgenetic alopecia (AGA). Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

10. Personalized iPSC therapy for Parkinson's Disease proves success in clinical study

Autologous midbrain dopaminergic progenitor cells, differentiated in vitro from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) when transplanted back in patient with idiopathic Parkinson's disease has resulted in clinical improvement. Click to read more... | Click here to view the link of the relevant publication in a peer reviewed journal

Really???

1. Fatherhood or Paternal care to offspring is unique to humans which is rare in other mammals. Researchers have found that human fatherhood originated because ancestral females started mating preferentially with males who provided them with food, in exchange for female sexual fidelity..
 -Source: ScienceDaily, 13 May 2020 and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020; 201917166

2. Bats can carry the Coronavirus without getting sick because the virus enters a long-term relationship with the host made possible by the bat's unique 'super' immune system.     
-Source: ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 May 2020 and Scientific Reports, 2020; 10 (1)

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