Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 42                       vol.3; iss.2                              15 Feb 2012



1. Research reveals that stem cells in muscle respond to exercise

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois have found the correlation between muscle health and exercise demonstrating that mechanical movement makes Mesenchymal stem cells move to muscle making this research, a basis to combat muscular dystrophy. Click to read more...

2. Research on genetic signatures of fetal stem cells and breast cancer offers clues to develop personalized therapies for cancers

Similarities in genetic signatures observed between human breast cancers and fetal breast stem cells by Salk scientists offers new avenues to study cancer development and uncover new biological markers, which will help in personalizing cancer treatments. Click to read more...

3. Novel technique developed to direct mesenchymal stem cells to surface of bone for increasing bone formation and strength

Researchers at UC Davis Health System have developed a method using a novel molecule which can direct Mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow to the surface of bones where they can participate in the repair and regeneration of bones. Click to read more...

4. Key proteins controlling embryonic stem cell proliferation and differentiation identified

In a major breakthrough research, scientists have identified the key enzymes responsible for controlling two important characteristics of Embryonic stem cells i.e., proliferation and differentiation and this could pave way to develop regenerative therapies for incurable diseases. Click to read more...

5. In vitro expansion of retinal Pigment epithelial cells for macular degeneration- An Indo-Japan feat

A team led by Japanese and Indian scientists has been able to expand retinal pigment epithelial cells in vitro using a novel polymer and these cells could be a potential source for cell transplantation to treat retinal disorders. Click to read more...

6. Amniotic fluid stem cells can be made to form blood vessels to repair infant hearts

Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital have used Amniotic fluid stem cells to create cells that form blood vessels and in the next step they hope to create patches of heart tissue which may lead to new therapies to correct congenital heart defects.Click to read more...

7. Personalized Stem Cells could progress Hepatitis C research further

In a first of its kind approach, Scientists at MIT, Rockefeller University and the Medical College of Wisconsin have created Liver cells from induced Pluripotent Stem cells and also were able to successfully infect the resultant cells with Hepatitis C virus thus creating a model to study hepatitis. Click to read more...

8. Direct conversion of skin cells into three kinds of neural precursors accomplished

As a potential source for autologous cell transplantation to treat brain disorders, Skin cells have now been directly converted to three types of neural precursor cells including astrocytes and oligodendrocytes rather than just neurons alone. Click to read more...

9. Surface stiffness can direct fat stem cells to turn into mature muscle cells-report scientists

Fat derived stem cells when grown on a stiff surface were able to form cardiac muscle cells and the cells, they suggest, could give hope for new therapeutic possibilities for muscular dystrophy. Click to read more...

10. Stem cells directly injected to the brain through artery enhances functional recovery after brain injury

Using a new in vivo optical imaging technique, Dr Osanai and colleagues from Hokkaido University, Japan have directly injected stem cells to the brain through the carotid artery in brain injured rats and the results showed that the rats had a remarkable functional recovery . Click to read more..

11. Cells of the blood stem cell niche supporting blood stem cell growth identified

Scientists have identified that endothelial and perivascular cells are the creators of the niche that nurtures healthy blood-forming stem cells and this is an important step towards increasing the safety and effectiveness of bone-marrow transplantation. Click to read more.


1. Did you know that some people (mostly northern Europeans) have a deletion mutation in the CCR5 gene which makes them more resistant to smallpox, HIV, plague and other viruses (e.g. West Nile virus)?

2. The Y-chromosome possesses 60 millions bases, against 153 million bases in the X chromosome making them the only pair of chromosomes which are not symmetrical in size.




1. Annual Conference “Current Advances in Biotechnology and Medicine”, 24-25th February, 2012; Department of Research, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi, India. For details Click here

2. Cell Culture World Congress 2012 28 February - 1 March 2012, Eurostars Grand Central - Munich, Germany. For details Click here

3. International Conference of Angiogenesis: Basics and Applications, 1st to 3rd March 2012 , Chennai, India. For details Click here..

4. 5th ANNUAL REGENERATIVE MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM, Training Programme in Regenerative Medicine (TPRM), 4-5th April, 2012; Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada. For details Click here..

5. Till & McCulloch Meetings, Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 30-May 2, 2012. For details Click here..

6. World Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Congress, 21-23 May 2012, Victoria Park Plaza, London, UK. For details Click here



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