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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227864/present-and-future-of-modeling-human-brain-development-in-3d-organoids
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REVIEW
Giorgia Quadrato, Paola Arlotta
Three-dimensional (3D) brain organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells hold great potential to investigate complex human genetic states and to model aspects of human brain development and pathology. However, the field of brain organoids is still in its infancy, and their use has been limited by their variability and their inability to differentiate into 3D structures with reproducible anatomical organization. Here, starting from a review of basic principles of in vitro 'brain organogenesis', we discuss which aspects of human brain development and disease can be faithfully modeled with current brain organoid protocols, and discuss improvements that would allow them to become reliable tools to investigate complex features of human brain development and disease...
December 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227830/cell-surface-markers-for-the-identification-and-study-of-human-naive-pluripotent-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Oliver Trusler, Ziyi Huang, Jacob Goodwin, Andrew L Laslett
Characterisation of mouse pluripotent stem cells has revealed two distinct pluripotent states, naive and primed, that maintain characteristics of the pre and post implanted epiblast respectively. Recent studies have developed several culture systems that seek to recapitulate the naive phenomenon in human pluripotent stem cells. Therefore, robust methods to isolate these cells will be fundamental to assess their potential in modelling human development and disease. Here we review current methods for human naive pluripotent culture and collate a list of cell surface antigens that have been identified as markers to differentiate naive from primed human pluripotent stem cells...
December 2, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227287/creating-a-graft-friendly-environment-for-stem-cells-in-diseased-brains
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Robert Yl Tsai
Most of the adult CNS lacks regenerative activity in terms of both neuron birth and neurite outgrowth. While this regeneration-unfriendly environment of the adult CNS may preserve the existing neuronal circuitry that takes years to develop in higher organisms, it also poses a major obstacle for CNS repair later in life. In this issue of the JCI, Song et al. report on their development of a strategy that uses region-specific and molecularly engineered astrocytes to turn an unfavorable brain environment into a favorable one for engrafted neural stem/progenitor cells (NSC/NPCs)...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226477/cell-therapy-for-critical-limb-ischemia-an-integrated-review-of-pre-clinical-and-clinical-studies
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REVIEW
Mohammad Qadura, Daniella C Terenzi, Subodh Verma, Mohammed Al-Omran, David A Hess
Critical limb ischemia (CLI), the most severe form of peripheral artery disease, is characterized by pain at rest and non-healing ulcers in the lower extremities. For patients with CLI, where the extent of atherosclerotic artery occlusion is too severe for surgical bypass or percutaneous interventions, limb amputation remains the only treatment option. Thus, cell-based therapy to restore perfusion and promote wound healing in patients with CLI is under intense investigation. Despite promising preclinical studies in animal models, transplantation of bone marrow (BM) derived cell populations in patients with CLI has shown limited benefit preventing limb amputation...
December 11, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226242/intracerebroventricular-delivery-of-hematopoietic-progenitors-results-in-rapid-and-robust-engraftment-of-microglia-like-cells
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Alessia Capotondo, Rita Milazzo, Jose M Garcia-Manteiga, Eleonora Cavalca, Annita Montepeloso, Brian S Garrison, Marco Peviani, Derrick J Rossi, Alessandra Biffi
Recent evidence indicates that hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) can serve as vehicles for therapeutic molecular delivery to the brain by contributing to the turnover of resident myeloid cell populations. However, such engraftment needs to be fast and efficient to exert its therapeutic potential for diseases affecting the central nervous system. Moreover, the nature of the cells reconstituted after transplantation and whether they could comprise bona fide microglia remain to be assessed. We demonstrate that transplantation of HSPCs in the cerebral lateral ventricles provides rapid engraftment of morphologically, antigenically, and transcriptionally dependable microglia-like cells...
December 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225627/isolation-and-molecular-characterization-of-amniotic-fluid-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-obtained-from-caesarean-sections
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Lucas-Sebastian Spitzhorn, Md Shaifur Rahman, Laura Schwindt, Huyen-Tran Ho, Wasco Wruck, Martina Bohndorf, Silke Wehrmeyer, Audrey Ncube, Ines Beyer, Carsten Hagenbeck, Percy Balan, Tanja Fehm, James Adjaye
Human amniotic fluid cells are immune-privileged with low immunogenicity and anti-inflammatory properties. They are able to self-renew, are highly proliferative, and have a broad differentiation potential, making them amenable for cell-based therapies. Amniotic fluid (AF) is routinely obtained via amniocentesis and contains heterogeneous populations of foetal-derived progenitor cells including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In this study, we isolated human MSCs from AF (AF-MSCs) obtained during Caesarean sections (C-sections) and characterized them...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225290/-neural-differentiation-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-disease-modelling-and-drug-discovery
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Wado Akamatsu
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2017: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222849/bone-marrow-transplantation-improves-motor-activity-in-a-mouse-model-of-ataxia
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David Díaz, Marina Piquer-Gil, Javier Sánchez Recio, María Magdalena Martínez-Losa, José Ramón Alonso, Eduardo Weruaga, Manuel Álvarez-Dolado
Ataxias are locomotor disorders that can have an origin both neural and muscular, although both impairments are related. Unfortunately, ataxia has no cure and the current therapies are aimed at motor re-education or muscular reinforcement. Nevertheless, cell therapy is becoming a promising approach to deal with incurable neural diseases, including neuro-muscular ataxias. Here we have used a model of ataxia, the PCD mutant mouse, to study the effect of healthy (wild-type) bone marrow transplantation on the restoration of defective mobility...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220578/pd-1-pd-l1-pathway-mediates-the-alleviation-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-humanized-mice
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Ke Ni, Ming Liu, Jian Zheng, Liyan Wen, Qingyun Chen, Zheng Xiang, Kowk-Tai Lam, Yinping Liu, Godfrey Chi-Fung Chan, Yu-Lung Lau, Wenwei Tu
RATIONALE: Pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic progressive lung disease with few treatments. Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been shown to be beneficial to pulmonary fibrosis as they have the immunomodulatory capacity. However, there is no reliable model to test the therapeutic effect of human MSC in vivo. METHODS: Here, to mimic pulmonary fibrosis in humans, we established a novel bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis model in humanized mice. Based on this model, the benefit of human MSC to pulmonary fibrosis and underlying mechanism were investigated...
December 8, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220331/regenerative-potential-of-secretome-from-dental-stem-cells-a-systematic-review-of-preclinical-studies
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Suleiman Alhaji Muhammad, Norshariza Nordin, Sharida Fakurazi
Injury to tissues is a major clinical challenge due to the limited regenerative capacity of endogenous cells. Stem cell therapy is evolving rapidly as an alternative for tissue regeneration. However, increasing evidence suggests that the regenerative ability of stem cells is mainly mediated by paracrine actions of secretome that are generally secreted by the cells. We aimed to systematically evaluate the efficacy of dental stem cell (DSC)-conditioned medium in in vivo animal models of various tissue defects...
December 8, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220201/engineering-hydrogel-microenvironments-to-recapitulate-the-stem-cell-niche
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Christopher M Madl, Sarah C Heilshorn
Stem cells are a powerful resource for many applications including regenerative medicine, patient-specific disease modeling, and toxicology screening. However, eliciting the desired behavior from stem cells, such as expansion in a naïve state or differentiation into a particular mature lineage, remains challenging. Drawing inspiration from the native stem cell niche, hydrogel platforms have been developed to regulate stem cell fate by controlling microenvironmental parameters including matrix mechanics, degradability, cell-adhesive ligand presentation, local microstructure, and cell-cell interactions...
December 8, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218360/bioengineered-cardiac-tissue-based-on-human-stem-cells-for-clinical-application
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Monica Jara Avaca, Ina Gruh
Engineered cardiac tissue might enable novel therapeutic strategies for the human heart in a number of acquired and congenital diseases. With recent advances in stem cell technologies, namely the availability of pluripotent stem cells, the generation of potentially autologous tissue grafts has become a realistic option. Nevertheless, a number of limitations still have to be addressed before clinical application of engineered cardiac tissue based on human stem cells can be realized. We summarize current progress and pending challenges regarding the optimal cell source, cardiomyogenic lineage specification, purification, safety of genetic cell engineering, and genomic stability...
December 8, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217999/prospects-for-modeling-abnormal-neuronal-function-in-schizophrenia-using-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Iya Prytkova, Kristen J Brennand
Excitatory dopaminergic neurons, inhibitory GABAergic neurons, microglia, and oligodendrocytes have all been implicated in schizophrenia (SZ) network pathology. Still, SZ has been a difficult disorder to study, not only because of the limitations of animal models in capturing the complexity of the human mind, but also because it is greatly polygenic, with high rates of variability across the population. The advent of patient-derived pluripotent stem cells and induced neural and glial cultures has brought hope for modeling the molecular dysfunction underlying SZ pathology in a patient-specific manner...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217776/melphalan-140mg-m2-or-200mg-m2-for-autologous-transplantation-in-myeloma-results-from-the-collaboration-to-collect-autologous-transplant-outcomes-in-lymphoma-and-myeloma-calm-study-a-report-by-the-ebmt-chronic-malignancies-working-party
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Holger W Auner, Simona Iacobelli, Giulia Sbianchi, Cora Knol-Bout, Didier Blaise, Nigel H Russell, Jane F Apperley, David Pohlreich, Paul Browne, Guido Kobbe, Cecilia Isaksson, Stig Lenhoff, Christoph Scheid, Cyrille Touzeau, Esa Jantunen, Achilles Anagnostopoulos, Ibrahim Yakoub-Agha, Alina Tanase, Nicolaas Schaap, Wieslaw Wiktor-Jedrzejczak, Marta Krejci, Stefan O Schönland, Curly Morris, Laurent Garderet, Nicolaus Kröger
Melphalan at a dose of 200mg/m2 is standard conditioning prior to autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma, but a dose of 140mg/m2 is often used in clinical practice in patients perceived to be at risk of excess toxicity. To determine if melphalan 200 and melphalan 140 are equally effective and tolerable in clinically relevant patient subgroups we analysed 1964 first single autologous transplantation episodes using a series of Cox proportional-hazards models. Overall survival, progression-free survival, cumulative incidence of relapse, non-relapse mortality, haematopoietic recovery and second primary malignancy rates were not significantly different between the melphalan 140 (n=245) and melphalan 200 (n=1719) groups...
December 7, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217756/light-focusing-human-micro-lenses-derived-from-zebrafish-like-lens-cell-masses-model-lens-development-and-drug-induced-cataract-in-vitro
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Patricia Murphy, Md Humayun Kabir, Tarini Srivastava, Michele E Mason, Chitra Umala Dewi, Seakcheng Lim, Andrian Yang, Djordje Djordjevic, Murray C Killingsworth, Joshua W K Ho, David G Harman, Michael D O'Connor
Cataracts cause vision loss and blindness by impairing the ability of the ocular lens to focus light onto the retina. Various cataract risk factors have been identified including drug treatments, age, smoking, and diabetes. However, the molecular events responsible for these different forms of cataract are ill-defined, and the advent of modern cataract surgery in the 1960s virtually eliminated access to human lenses for research. Here we demonstrate large-scale production of light-focusing human micro-lenses from spheroidal masses of human lens epithelial cells purified from differentiating pluripotent stem cells...
December 7, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216777/the-long-and-winding-road-stem-cells-for-cystic-fibrosis
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Massimo Conese, Elisa Beccia, Stefano Castellani, Sante Di Gioia, Carla Colombo, Antonella Angiolillo, Annalucia Carbone
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic syndrome with a high mortality rate due to severe lung disease. Despite having several drugs targeting specific mutated CFTR proteins already in clinical trials, new therapies, based on stem cells, are also emerging to treat those patients. Areas covered: The authors review the main sources of stem cells, including embryonic stem cells (ESCs), induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), gestational stem cells, and adult stem cells, such as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the context of CF...
December 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215942/cocktail-of-chemical-compounds-and-recombinant-proteins-robustly-promote-the-stemness-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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Yonglong Guo, Quan Yu, Sanjana Mathew, Ruiling Lian, Yunxia Xue, Zekai Cui, Shanyi Li, Deliang Zhu, Yuting Han, Qiaolang Zeng, Shiwei Liu, Jiansu Chen
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from somatic cells can be reprogrammed to provide an unlimited cell resource showing great potential in disease modeling and regenerative medicine. However, the traditional method for reprogramming cells into iPSCs using genome-integrating retro- or lenti-viruses remain an obstacle for its application in clinical settings. We tried the possibility to generate pre-iPSCs from human adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) by nongenetic reprogramming using recombinant cell-penetrating proteins OCT4/KLF4/SOX2 (PTD-OKS) and the cocktail of small molecules (VCFZ)...
December 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214727/importance-and-regulation-of-adult-stem-cell-migration
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REVIEW
Beatriz de Lucas, Laura M Pérez, Beatriz G Gálvez
Cell migration is an essential process throughout the life of vertebrates, beginning during embryonic development and continuing throughout adulthood. Stem cells have an inherent ability to migrate, that is as important as their capacity for self-renewal and differentiation, enabling them to maintain tissue homoeostasis and mediate repair and regeneration. Adult stem cells reside in specific tissue niches, where they remain in a quiescent state until called upon and activated by tissue environmental signals...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214585/microphysiological-systems-tissue-chips-and-their-utility-for-rare-disease-research
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Lucie A Low, Danilo A Tagle
The scientific and technological development of microphysiological systems (MPS) modeling organs-on-chips, or "tissue chips" (TCs), has progressed rapidly over the past decade. Stem cell research and microfluidic concepts have combined to lead to the development of microphysiological platforms representing an ever-expanding list of different human organ systems. In the context of rare diseases, these bioengineered microfluidics platforms hold promise for modeling of disorders and could prove useful in the screening and efficacy testing of existing therapeutics...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214583/prospects-of-pluripotent-and-adult-stem-cells-for-rare-diseases
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Javier García-Castro, Ilyas Singeç
Rare diseases are highly diverse and complex regarding molecular underpinning and clinical manifestation and afflict millions of patients worldwide. The lack of appropriate model systems with face and construct validity and the limited availability of live tissues and cells from patients has largely hampered the understanding of underlying disease mechanisms. As a consequence, there are no adequate treatment options available for the vast majority of rare diseases. Over the last decade, remarkable progress in pluripotent and adult stem cell biology and the advent of powerful genomic technologies opened up exciting new avenues for the investigation, diagnosis, and personalized therapy of intractable human diseases...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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