Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

News Letter - 44                       vol.3; iss.4                              28 Mar 2012



1. Similarities between Embryonic Stem Cells and Cancer cells in metabolic shifts revealed

Mouse Embryonic Stem cells in epiblast stage, undergo a dramatic metabolic shift similar to cancer cells as reported in a recently published article in EMBO, the European Molecular Biology Organization journal and this finding has implications in study of embryos, stem cells and cancer therapy .Click to read more...

2. Microbes to help in Cancer diagnosis

Research led by Dr. Yoshinobu Baba has used a pond scum microbe called Euglena to detect the Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs) which are the cells that spread cancer from the original tumor to new sites in the body through the blood circulation . Click to read more...

3. Induced Multipotent Neural Stem cells- A Paradigm shift

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Germany have succeeded in obtaining induced multipotent neural stem cells from skin cells using a unique combination of growth factors and this approach may help overcome the risk of tumour formation associated with induced pluripotent stem cells.Click to read more...

4. Immunosuppressive cells in the cheek may serve as a potential therapeutic option for Immune-system related diseases

Researchers have found a new group of cells inside the cheek with high immunosuppressive potential and this may help to develop therapies for immune system-related diseases in the future. Click to read more...

5. Neural Stem cells created from skin cells using a faster Reprogramming Technique

Dr. Frank Edenhofer and his team at the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology of the University of Bonn have succeeded in generating neural stem cells directly from the skin fibroblasts using a stable and faster reprogramming technique. Click to read more...

6. New Fluorescent transported based genetic tools to advance regenerative medicine

A team of researchers led by Dr. Mark Weiss are working on fluorescent transporter based genetic tools and models to study the various proteins and factors associated with diseases like Parkinson's disease, stroke , spinal cord injury etc and this will also help to advance regenerative medicine and stem cell based therapeutics.Click to read more...

7. Brain Cells developed from stem cells to treat Huntington’s Disease

Study has shown that it is possible to generate large quantities of GABA neurons from human embryonic stem cells which could help restore the motor coordination in Huntington’s disease . Click to read more...

8. Epigenetic signatures predict tissue repair properties of Reprogrammed Cells

Epigenetic signatures which are markers on DNA that control gene expression, within reprogrammed skin cells have been identified and studying these epigenetic signatures could help to determine the reprogrammed cells' potential for maintaining normal cellular characteristics throughout development. Click to read more...

9. Stem cell therapy in Monkeys with Parkinson’s disease offers positive results

A study in which Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were injected into monkeys whose brains had been damaged by Parkinson’s disease, has shown positive results with the monkeys recovering 20 to 45 per cent of the movement they had lost before treatment. Click to read more...

10. Transcriptional Regulatory Networks to produce safe alternatives to Embryonic Stem cells and iPS cells

In a novel approach direct reprogramming approach, Researchers from the RIKEN Omics Science Center (OSC) have used transcriptional regulatory networks to successfully produce cells with specific functions . Click to read more..



1. It is a fact that astronauts can be upto 2 inches taller after returning from space as the cartilage disks in the spine may expand due to the absence of gravity

2. Did you know that only Less than .5% of the estimated 2 to 3 billion microbial species have been identified so far?




1. 5th ANNUAL REGENERATIVE MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM, Training Programme in Regenerative Medicine (TPRM), 4-5th April, 2012; Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada. For details Click here..

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

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



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