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Cell Transplantation

Qian Zhang, Zhen-Wei Chen, Yong-Hua Zhao, Bo-Wen Liu, Nai-Wei Liu, Chien-Chih Ke, Hong-Mei Tan
Being a potential candidate for stroke treatment, bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) have been demonstrated to be able to enhance angiogenesis and proliferation of reactive astrocytes which subsequently lead to the amelioration of neurological injury. Increasing evidences further indicate combined BMSCs with certain agent such as simvastatin may have improved therapeutic effect. Sodium Ferulate (SF) and n-butylidenephthalide (BP), two main components of Radix Angelica Sinensis, are proved to be the important regulators of stem cells in cell migration, differentiation and pluripotency maintenance...
October 21, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Lee A Shapiro
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating disorder, causing negative outcomes in millions of people each year. Despite the alarming numbers of brain injuries, and the long-term detrimental outcomes that can be associate with TBI, treatment options are lacking. Extensive investigation is underway, in hopes of identifying effective treatment strategies. Among the most state-of-the-art strategies is cell replacement therapy. TBI is a seemingly good candidate for cell replacement studies, because there is often neuron loss...
October 21, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Kevin V Chow, Emma M Carrington, Yifan Zhan, Andrew M Lew, Robyn M Sutherland
Islet transplantation can cure type 1 diabetes, but is limited by lack of donor organs and early graft dysfunction, such that many patients require multiple transplants to achieve insulin independence. Monocyte derived dendritic cells (moDCs) arise during inflammation and allograft encounters where they can promote various innate and adaptive immune responses. To determine whether moDCs impair early graft function following allogeneic islet transplantation, we transplanted MHC-mismatched BALB/c (H-2d) islets into diabetic C57BL/6-CCR2...
October 13, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Tsai-Jung Lu, Fang-Yao Chiu, Hsiao-Ying Chiu, Ming-Chau Chang, Shih-Chieh Hung
Articular cartilage has a very limited capacity for self-repair, and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the potential to treat cartilage defects and osteoarthritis. However, in-depth mechanistic studies regarding their applications are required. Here, we demonstrated the use of chitosan film culture for promoting chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs. We found that MSCs formed spheres two days after seeding on dishes coated with chitosan. When MSCs were induced in a chondrogenic induction medium on chitosan films, the size of spheres continuously increased for up to 21 days...
October 12, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Zhijian Cheng, Dale B Bosco, Li Sun, Xiaoming Chen, Yunsheng Xu, Wenjiao Tai, Ruth Didier, Jinhua Li, Jianqing Fan, Xijing He, Yi Ren
Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes functional impairment as a result of the initial injury followed by secondary injury mechanism. SCI provokes an inflammatory response that causes secondary tissue damage and neurodegeneration. While, the use of neural stem cell (NSC) engraftment to mitigate secondary injury has been of interest to many researchers, it still faces several limitations. As such, we investigated if NSC-conditioned media (NSC-M) possesses therapeutic potential for the treatment of SCI. It has been proposed that many of the beneficial effects attributed to stem cell therapies are due to secreted factors...
October 12, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Christina Devoto, Lindsay Arcurio, Joseph Fetta, Mary Ley, Tamar Rodney, Rebekah Kanefsy, Jessica Gill
Studies have shown that the presence of acute inflammation during recovery is indicative of poor outcomes after a traumatic brain injury (TBI); however, the role of chronic inflammation in predicting post-TBI related symptoms remains poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to compare inflammatory biomarkers (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-10) in active duty personnel who either sustained or did not sustain a TBI. Service members were also assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and quality-of-life (QOL) through self-reported measures...
October 12, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Ka Hei Chan, Rahul Krishnan, Michael Alexander, Jonathan Rt Lakey
The islets of Langerhans are endocrine tissue clusters that secrete hormones that regulate the body's glucose, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, the most important of which is insulin, a hormone secreted by β cells within the islets. In certain instances, a person's own immune system attacks and destroys them leading to the development of Type 1 diabetes (T1D), a lifelong condition that needs daily insulin administration to maintain health and prolong survival. Islet transplantation is a surgical procedure that has demonstrated the ability to normalize blood sugar levels for up to a few years, but the need for chronic immunosuppression relegates it to a last resort that is often only used sparingly, and in seriously-ill patients...
October 10, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Cornelis R van der Torren, Jessica S Suwandi, DaHae Lee, Ernst-Jan T van 't Wout, Gaby Duinkerken, Godelieve Swings, Arend Mulder, Frans H J Claas, Zhidong Ling, Pieter Gillard, Bart Keymeulen, Peter In 't Veld, Bart O Roep
Transplantation of islet allografts into type 1 diabetic recipients usually requires multiple pancreas donors to achieve insulin independence. This adds to the challenges of immunological monitoring of islet transplantation currently relying on surrogate immune markers in peripheral blood. We investigated donor origin and infiltration of islets transplanted in the liver of a T1D patient who died of hemorrhagic stroke four months after successful transplantation with two intraportal islet grafts combining six donors...
October 10, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Ah Young Kim, Yongsun Kim, Seung Hoon Lee, Yongseok Yoon, Wan-Hee Kim, Oh-Kyeong Kweon
Osteogenically differentiated cell sheet techniques using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are available to stimulate bone regeneration. The advantage of cell sheet technique is delivering live cells effectively into the focal region. We developed a novel osteogenic cell sheet technique by adding gelatin to osteogenic cell medium. Gelatin-induced cell sheets (GCSs) were compared to conventional osteogenic cell sheets (OCSs). Undifferentiated MSCs (UCs) were used as a control. The morphology of these cell sheets was evaluated microscopically and histologically...
October 7, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Vladimir Isachenko, Karl Sterzik, Robert Maettner, Evgenia Isachenko, Plamen Todorov, Gohar Rahimi, Peter Mallmann, Erwin Strehler, Igor Pereligin, José Luis Alabart, Markus Merzenich
In natural conditions the oocyte and embryo are subjected to ever changing dynamic processes. However, the routine assisted reproductive technologies today involve the use of static in vitro culture systems. Objective was to determine whether there is any difference in the viability of embryos after in vitro culture under static and mechanical micro-vibration condition. It was evaluated the viability of embryonic cells (9,624 embryos) generated from 4,436 couples after in vitro culture. For Groups <29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years and >40 years, the following rate of high quality embryos without fragmentation (2 to 4 blastomeres on Day 2; 6 to 8 blastomeres and compacting morula on Day 3; blastocyst, expanded and hatching blastocyst on Day 5) was detected (static vs...
October 7, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Johan Lundberg, Emma Jussing, Zhenjiang Liu, Qingda Meng, Martin Rao, Erik Samén, Rikard Grankvist, Peter Damberg, Ernest Dodoo, Markus Maeurer, Staffan Holmin
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and most severe form of malignant gliomas. The prognosis is poor with current combinations of pharmaceutical-, radio- and surgical therapy. A continuous search for new treatments has therefore been ongoing for many years. Therapy with tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) is a clinically promising strategy to treat various cancers, including GBM. An endovascular intra-arterial injection of TIL as a method of delivery may, instead of intravenous infusion, result in better retention of effector cells within the tumor...
October 7, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Yi-Chun Lin, Horng-Jyh Harn, Po-Cheng Lin, Ming-Hsi Chuang, Chun-Hung Chen, Shinn-Zong Lin, Tzyy-Wen Chiou
Human adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are a promising source of autologous stem cells for personalized cell-based therapies. Culture expansion of ADSCs provides an attractive opportunity for liver cirrhosis patients. However, safety and stability issues can pose big challenges for personalized autologous stem cell products. In the present study, we addressed whether the commercial production program could provide a consistent product for liver cirrhosis therapy. We collected adipose tissue from three human donors by lipoaspirate and isolated ADSCs, which were expanded in culture to reach 1 × 10(8) cells (an approximately 1000-fold expansion) within four passages...
October 6, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Yuan-Chuan Chen, Hwei-Fang Cheng, Ming-Kung Yeh
Cell therapy is not only a novel medical practice but also a medicinal product (cell therapy product, CTPs). More and more CTPs are approved for marketing globally due to the rapid development of biomedicine in the cell culture, preservation and preparation. However, the regulation is the most important criterion for the development of CTPs. Regulations must be flexible to expedite the process of marketing for new CTPs. Recently, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) elaborates the related regulation such as regulatory development, current regulatory framework and process of application and evaluation...
September 30, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Bo Deng, Tatyana Bondarenko, Oleksandr Pakhomov
Transplantation of hormone producing cells is an experimental endocrine dysfunction treatment. The present study investigated the effects of orchidectomy (OE) and transplantation of interstitial cell suspension (ICS) on rat sexual behavior. Adult experimental animals were divided into two populations. One of these populations had sexual experience before the experiment, another did not have one. Each population was divided into three groups: control group and two orchidectomized groups. One of the orcidectomized groups was treated with transplantation of ICS, another one was transplantated with vehicle...
September 30, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Sang-Jin Yu, Hyun-Je Kim, Eui Seok Lee, Chung-Gyu Park, Su Jin Cho, Soung-Hoo Jeon
Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) are self-renewing cells with ability to differentiate into organized, functional network of cells. Recent studies have revealed that activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway by a glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3-specific pharmacological inhibitor, Bio, results in the maintenance of self-renewal in both mouse and human ES cells. The molecular mechanism behind the maintenance of hMSCs by these factors, however, is not fully understood. We found that rEGF enhances level of β-catenin, a component of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway...
September 27, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Heather A Baldwin, Pyry P Koivula, Julie C Necarsulmer, Keith W Whitaker, Brandon K Harvey
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder, marked by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostriatal pathway that leads to abnormal gait, rigidity, slowness of movement, and tremor. The ability to recapitulate and measure such the neurological sequelae in rodent models of Parkinson's disease is important for studying and evaluating potential therapeutics. Individual variability in lesion severity and injury progression are key factors in the 6-hydroxydopamine that require normalization when evaluating therapeutic effects...
September 26, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Hongqi Xin, Fengjie Wang, Yanfeng Li, Qing-E Lu, Wing Lee Cheung, Yi Zhang, Zheng Gang Zhang, Michael Chopp
We previously demonstrated that multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) with overexpressed microRNA 133b (miR-133b) significantly improve functional recovery in rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) compared with naive MSCs, and that exosomes generated from naive MSCs mediate the therapeutic benefits of MSC therapy for stroke. Here, we investigated whether exosomes isolated from miR-133b(-)overexpressed MSCs (Ex-miR-133b(+)) exert amplified therapeutic effects. Rats subjected to 2 hours (h) of MCAO were intra-arterially injected with Ex-miR-133b(+), exosomes from MSCs infected by blank vector (Ex-Con), or phosphate-buffered solution (PBS), and were sacrificed 28 days post MCAO...
September 26, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Yukitoshi Kaizawa, Ryosuke Kakinoki, Ryosuke Ikeguchi, Soichi Ohta, Takashi Noguchi, Hisataka Takeuchi, Hiroki Oda, Hirofumi Yurie, Shuichi Matsuda
Cells, scaffolds, growth factors, and vascularity are essential for nerve regeneration. Previously, we reported that the insertion of a vascular bundle and the implantation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) into a nerve conduit promoted peripheral nerve regeneration. In this study, the efficacy of nerve conduits containing a vascular bundle, BMSCs, and thermally decellularized allogenic nerve matrix (DANM) was investigated using a rat sciatic nerve model with a 20 mm defect. Lewis rats were used as the sciatic nerve model and for the preparation of BMSCs, and Dark Agouti rats were used for the preparation of the DANM...
September 21, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Astrid Herrero, Julie Prigent, Catherine Lombard, Valérie Rosseels, Martine Daujat-Chavanieu, Karine Breckpot, Mustapha Najimi, Gisèle Deblandre, Etienne M Sokal
There is growing evidence that cell therapy constitutes a promising strategy for liver regenerative medicine. In the setting of hepatic cancer treatments, cell therapy could prove a useful therapeutic approach for managing the acute liver failure that occurs following extended hepatectomy. In this study, we examined the influence of delivering adult human liver mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells (ADHLSCs) at two different early time points in an immunodeficient mouse model (Rag(2-/-)IL2Rγ(-/-) ) that had undergone a 70%-hepatectomy procedure...
September 21, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Toru Yamashita, Wentao Liu, Yoshiaki Matsumura, Ryosuke Miyagi, Yun Zhai, Momoko Kusaki, Nozomi Hishikawa, Yasuyuki Ohta, Sung Min Kim, Tae Hwan Kwak, Dong Wook Han, Koji Abe
Somatic cells can be directly converted into induced neural stem cells (iNSCs) by defined transcription factors. However, the therapeutic effect of undifferentiated iNSCs on ischemic stroke has not been demonstrated. In this study, we used a mouse model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO). iNSCs (5 × 105) were injected directly into the ipsilateral striatum and cortex 24 hours after tMCAO. Histological analysis was performed at 7 days, 28 days, and 8 months after tMCAO. We found that iNSC transplantation successfully improved the survival rate of stroke model mice with significant functional recovery from the stroke...
September 20, 2016: Cell Transplantation
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