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Stem cell donation

Maria Gomes Fernandes, Monika Bialecka, Daniela C F Salvatori, Susana M Chuva de Sousa Lopes
STUDY QUESTION: Which set of antibodies can be used to identify migratory and early post-migratory human primordial germ cells (hPGCs)? STUDY FINDING: We validated the specificity of 33 antibodies for 31 markers, including POU5F1, NANOG, PRDM1 and TFAP2C as specific markers of hPGCs at 4.5 weeks of development of Carnegie stage (CS12-13), whereas KIT and SOX17 also marked the intra-aortic hematopoietic stem cell cluster in the aorta-gonad-mesonephros (AGM). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The dynamics of gene expression during germ cell development in mice is well characterized and this knowledge has proved crucial to allow the development of protocols for the in-vitro derivation of functional gametes...
March 8, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Zhongshan Liu, Daojiang Yu, Jianwei Xu, Xiujie Li, Xianyao Wang, Zhixu He, Tianlan Zhao
Irradiation-induced skin ulcers can be resultant from nuclear accident or reaction to radiation therapy of tumor and is intractable for healing. Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) have been considered to be the potential therapeutic tools for tissue regeneration. However, the underlying mechanisms are still not well understood. This study aims to investigate the effects of hUC-MSCs on irradiation-induced skin ulcers healing and the related mechanisms. The ulcers were induced by irradiating the skin of adult SD rats...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Tsuneaki Hirakawa, Saiko Kurosawa, Kinuko Tajima, Yusuke Yamazaki, Nami Ikeda, Hiroto Kojima, Hidenori Tanaka, Heiwa Kanamori, Koichi Miyamura, Yoshihisa Kodera, Takahiro Fukuda, Japan Marrow Donor Program
We evaluated 18,487 patients and 223,842 cases of donor coordination among patients enrolled in the Japan Marrow Donor Program (JMDP) from January 2004 to December 2013. For patients who underwent stem cell transplantation from a JMDP donor [unrelated bone marrow transplantation (UBMT)], the median number of coordination and days from registration to transplantation were 11 and 146, respectively. Among enrolled patients, 40% did not undergo UBMT. With the increased estimated number of human leukocyte antigen 6/6-matched donors, the probability of undergoing UBMT was higher, and in those who underwent UBMT, the duration of coordination was shorter...
2018: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Emma King, Catherine Lyall
The case of cultured red blood cells (RBCs) currently being grown in a laboratory for future use in human transfusion raises questions about the ontological status of such products of modern biotechnology. This paper presents results from a six-year ethnographic study involving interviews, focus groups and other forms of engagement with the scientific research team and other stakeholders, including public groups, which sought to understand respondents' reactions to cultured RBCs. These cells, derived from stem cell technology, have the potential to address the global shortage of donated blood...
March 2, 2018: Sociology of Health & Illness
Sissy E Wamaitha, Kathy K Niakan
Understanding the progression of early human embryonic development prior to implantation is of fundamental biological importance. Greater insights into early developmental events may lead to clinical improvements, not only via the establishment of novel stem cell models with increased potential or more physiological relevance, but also by uncovering some underlying causes of infertility, miscarriages, and developmental disorders. The majority of human embryos available for study are those donated to research once they are surplus to family building following in vitro fertilization, though in some countries it is also possible to create embryos using donated gametes...
2018: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
Suzanna M van Walraven, Torstein Egeland, Veronica Borrill, Grazia Nicoloso-de Faveri, Gabi Rall, Jeff Szer
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February 2, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Xian Hong, Yin Yuan, Xiaoxi Sun, Meiling Zhou, Guangyu Guo, Quan Zhang, Jürgen Hescheler, Jiaoya Xi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Decellularized cardiac extracellular matrix (cECM) has been widely considered as an attractive scaffold for engineered cardiac tissue (ECT), however, its application is limited by immunogenicity and shortage of organ donation. Skeletal ECM (sECM) is readily available and shows similarities with cECM. Here we hypothesized that sECM might be an alternative scaffold for ECT strategies. METHODS: Murine ventricular tissue and anterior tibial muscles were sectioned into 300 mm-thick, and then cECM and sECM were acquired by pretreatment/SDS/TritonX-100 three-step-method...
2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Mai Mochizuki, Taka Nakahara
BACKGROUND: Currently, ex-vivo handling of stem cells, including transport after harvest and therapeutic preparation, is generally done in culture media containing fetal bovine serum (FBS), which promotes cell attachment, proliferation, and differentiation. However, because of safety concerns associated with the use of FBS, including potential transmission of zoonotic agents and transplant rejection because of the incorporation of foreign proteins into the stem cells, there is a need for xenogeneic serum-free culture media for clinical handling of stem cells...
February 3, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Abraham Aviv
Telomere length (TL) in humans is highly heritable and undergoes progressive age-dependent shortening in somatic cells. By contrast, sperm donated by older men display comparatively long telomeres, presumably because in the male germline, telomeres become longer with age. This puzzling phenomenon might explain why TL in the offspring correlates positively with paternal age. The present communication proposes that mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms and heteroplasmy cause variation in the production of reactive oxygen species, which, in turn, mediate age-dependent selection of germ stem cells with long telomeres and hence sperm with long telomeres...
March 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Ying Wang, Hongxiang Yu, Yue Zhang, Jing Zhang, Keni Chen, Heng Sun, Shulin Meng, Gang Li, Ying Lei, Jian Zhao
A 62-year old Chinese Han Alzheimer's disease (AD) female patient with ApoE3/4 genetic background donated her Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). The non-integrating episomal vector system was used to reprogrammed PBMCs with the human OKSM transcription factors. The pluripotency of transgene-free iPSCs was confirmed by immunocytochemistry for pluripotency markers and by the ability of the iPSCs to differentiate spontaneously into 3 germ layers in vitro. In addition, the iPSC line displayed a normal karyotype...
January 4, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Daniela Grieco, Nicola Lacetera, Mario Macis, Daniela Di Martino
Umbilical cord blood is a source of hematopoietic stem cells essential to treat life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma. However, only a very small percentage of parents donate upon delivery. The decision to donate the cord blood occurs at a very specific time and when parents likely experience emotional, informational, and decisional overloads; these features of cord blood donation make it different from other pro-social activities. In collaboration with an OB-GYN clinic in Milan, Italy, we conducted the first randomized controlled trial that applies tools from behavioral science to foster cord blood donation, and quantified the gains that informational and behavioral "nudges" can achieve...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
Azadeh Babaei, Azam Katoonizadeh, Azam Ranjbar, Mahmood Naderi, Naser Ahmadbeigi
The paucity of liver donation highlights the use of cell-based strategies for end-stage liver failure. We recently showed that bone marrow-derived aggregates (BMDAs) can completely restore the hematopoietic system in gamma-irradiated mice. These aggregates are stem and progenitor cells in the bone marrow (BM), composed of both hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic lineages. Furthermore, reports showed that resident BM cells migrate to the liver and integrate themselves into the tissue in small numbers. Hence, we hypothesized that direct delivery of BMDAs to the damaged liver might enhance the integration of BM cells in the liver because of its stemness property, intact BM architecture, the physical proximity of these niche-like structures to the damaged sites and the existence of liver paracrine factors...
January 6, 2018: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
D D Manavella, L Cacciottola, C M Desmet, B F Jordan, J Donnez, C A Amorim, M M Dolmans
STUDY QUESTION: Do two different concentrations of human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ASCs) embedded inside a fibrin scaffold have the potential to differentiate into vessels and aid vascularization in a peritoneal grafting site intended for ovarian tissue transplantation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Human ASCs in low and high concentrations differentiated into vessels when transplanted to mouse peritoneum inside a fibrin matrix, but only high ASC concentrations significantly increased human vessel area 14 days after transplantation...
February 1, 2018: Human Reproduction
Annika M Kisch, Anna Forsberg, Isabell Fridh, Matilda Almgren, Martina Lundmark, Charlotte Lovén, Anne Flodén, Madeleine Nilsson, Veronika Karlsson, Annette Lennerling
BACKGROUND: Studies on living donors from the donors' perspective show that the donation process involves both positive and negative feelings involving vulnerability. Qualitative studies of living kidney, liver, and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell donors have not previously been merged in the same analysis. Therefore, our aim was to synthesize current knowledge of these donors' experiences in order to deepen understanding of the meaning of being a living donor for the purpose of saving or extending someone's life...
January 2, 2018: Transplantation
Maryam Behfar, Sara Faghihi-Kashani, Ashraf Sadat Hosseini, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh, Amir Ali Hamidieh
INTRODUCTION: Administration of Filgrastim (rhG-CSF) (Neupogen®) in healthy donors to mobilize hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) is a widespread practice in adults. Application of peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection in normal pediatric donors is scarce due to ethical issues. Hence, there are insufficient data on the long-term impact of PBSC procedure in healthy children. This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the early and late adverse effects of PBSC donation in pediatric donors...
December 25, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Jingcheng Zhao, Jenny Rydén, Agneta Wikman, Rut Norda, Simon J Stanworth, Henrik Hjalgrim, Gustaf Edgren
BACKGROUND: Patients with hematologic malignancies receive large numbers of blood transfusions, and transfusion practices for this patient group are increasingly being scrutinized by randomized controlled trials. However, no studies so far have presented current transfusion statistics on a population level for this patient group. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study was conducted that was based on the Scandinavian Donations and Transfusions Database (SCANDAT2), which includes data on all blood donations and transfusions in Sweden and Denmark since the 1960s...
December 17, 2017: Transfusion
Audrey E Mayfield, Pushpinder Kanda, Alex Nantsios, Sandrine Parent, Seth Mount, Somya Dixit, Bin Ye, Richard Seymour, Duncan J Stewart, Darryl R Davis
Although patient-sourced cardiac explant-derived stem cells (EDCs) provide an exogenous source of new cardiomyocytes post-myocardial infarction, poor long-term engraftment indicates that the benefits seen in clinical trials are likely paracrine-mediated. Of the numerous cytokines produced by EDCs, interleukin-6 (IL-6) is the most abundant; however, its role in cardiac repair is uncertain. In this study, a custom short-hairpin oligonucleotide lentivirus was used to knockdown IL-6 in human EDCs, revealing an unexpected pro-healing role for the cytokine...
2017: Theranostics
Linna Xie, Fang Zhou
Post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) is a serious complication following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The majority of the cases develop during the first year after the transplantation and are associated with reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV); the EBV-induced lymphoproliferation usually includes donor-derived B cells. We herein describe the case of a 28-year-old female patient who developed EBV-negative PTLD, namely diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), 6 months after receiving a haploidentical HSCT from her father...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Ana Sevilla, Eliana Forero, Matthew Zimmer, Hector Martinez, Katie Reggio, Daniel Paull, Dieter Egli, Scott Noggle
The human embryonic stem cell line NYSCFe003-A was derived from a day 5 to day 6 blastocyst in feeder-free and antibiotic free conditions. The blastocyst was voluntarily donated for research as surplus after in vitro fertilization treatment following informed consent. The NYSCFe003-A line expresses all the pluripotency markers and has the potential to differentiate into all three germ layers in vitro. The line presents normal karyotype and is mycoplasma free.
November 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
Linda Omer, Elizabeth A Hudson, Shirong Zheng, James B Hoying, Yuan Shan, Nolan L Boyd
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a hereditary disease primarily due to mutations in the low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) that lead to elevated cholesterol and premature development of cardiovascular disease. Homozygous FH patients (HoFH) with two dysfunctional LDLR alleles are not as successfully treated with standard hypercholesterol therapies, and more aggressive therapeutic approaches to control cholesterol levels must be considered. Liver transplant can resolve HoFH, and hepatocyte transplantation has shown promising results in animals and humans...
November 2017: Hepatology Communications
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