Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 41                       vol.3; iss.1                              25 Jan 2012



1. Magnetic Nanoparticles to move stem cells to the target tissues

Scientists have developed stabilized superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) which can be attached to human cells including stem cells to move them to the target tissues for treating diseases. Click to read more...

2. Safety issues to be addressed before using neural derivatives of human pluripotent stem cells clinically- say scientists

French scientists have generated cautionary data that neural derivatives of human embryonic stem cells frequently acquire chromosomal defects and additional quality control tests are needed to screen and remove these abnormalities before they are clinically used. Click to read more...

3. Stem Cells as gene delivery vectors to treat Huntington's disease

Researchers from UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures have used mesenchymal stem cells to deliver inhibitory RNA sequences to neurons thereby decreasing the synthesis of the abnormal protein responsible for Huntington’s disease. Click to read more... .

4. Preliminary results of the human embryonic stem cell trial for retinal disease reveal positive outcomes

Preliminary results of the first ever human embryonic stem cell trial for a retinal disease published in the Journal Lancet have shown that the injected cells are safe and the vision of the two women treated have improved . Click to read more...

5. Gene vital for sense of smell in fruit fly discovered

UW-Madison researchers have discovered that a gene called distal-less is important for generating and maintaining self-renewing stem cells in the brain that are responsible for processing odour in fruit flies. This discovery is important for future studies about the olfactory system in humans . Click to read more...

6. Cell senescence in tumour cells does not stop them from growing

Contrary to the belief that senescence could act as a barrier against tumor growth and potentially be used as a way to treat cancer, scientists have now discovered that though cell senescence occurs spontaneously in melanoma cells however it does not stop its growth.Click to read more...

7. Conversion of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells into brain cells using small molecules - A scientific feat

A team led by James Hickman from University of Central Florida have been able to convert umbilical cord blood stem cells to oligodendrocytes for the first time and this could lead to new treatment options for spinal cord injuries and other diseases of the nervous system in the future. Click to read more...

8. Gene that directs the development of multiple cilia in the lungs and brain discovered

Scientists have identified the gene that directs the cells to develop multiple cilia which are tiny hair like structures responsible for moving fluids through the respiratory tract, brain and spinal cord and this could pave way for therapies by which we can coax stem cells into developing into this type of cell, for repairing damaged tissues in these organs . Click to read more...

9. Key mechanisms by which transplanted stem cells help in healing traumatic brain injury identified

A team of researchers have reported in the Journal of Neurotrauma that they have identified key mechanisms by which implanted human neural stem cells contribute in recovery after traumatic brain injury. Click to read more...

10. Scientists devise novel technique to keep normal cells and tumour cells from individual patients alive in laboratory for research

A research team led by Richard Schlegel at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, has devised a novel technique way to keep normal cells as well as tumor cells taken from an individual cancer patient alive in the laboratory and this has potential application in regenerative medicine and cancer therapeutics. Click to read more..

11. Nanotherapeutics to deliver drugs directly to pancreas- A step towards therapies for Diabetes

"Smart" injectable nanotherapeutics that selectively deliver drugs to the cells of the pancreas have been developed and this could potentially improve treatment for Type I diabetes by increasing therapeutic efficacy and reducing the side effects. Click to read more..


1. Did you know that we human beings differ from one another only in 0.1% of the genetic material while we are 99.9% identical?

2. One out of every 180 children is born with a chromosomal abnormality. The most common is Down syndrome, followed by Fragile-X syndrome.




1. Cell Society  2nd Annual Clinical Meeting, February 17-18 2012; San Diego, California. For details Click here

2. 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

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

4. International Conference of Angiogenesis: Basics and Applications, 1st to 3rd March 2012 , Chennai, India. 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.

7. Stem Cells 2012, 2nd and 3rd Feburary , San Diego, USA. For details Click here..


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