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Blood Cells Produced with Stem Cells

Posted by Kelsey StemSave on May 25, 2017 1:43:46 PM

 

Researchers at Weill Cornell College of Medicine and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed two methods to utilize stem cells taken from patients to produce full-fledged blood cells. By genetically engineering adult stem cells, researchers were able to create blood stem cells that could differentiate into white and red blood cells, as well as platelets. This revolutionary technique could help patients who require regular blood transfusions, as well as those who are awaiting bone marrow donations.

 

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Topics: blood cells, bone marrow, regenerative medicine

Hair Raising Stem Cells

Posted by hunter@stemsave.com on May 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a gene that directs the production of a stem cell factor (SCF) and a protein, which are both essential for hair growth and pigmentation. Stem cells are concentrated in the skin around hair follicles, and when both the protein and the SCF are active, they move up from the bulb of the follicles to produce pigmented hairs. The genes responsible for the production of the KROX20 protein and the SCF were discovered by working backwards, turning off the gene and observing, in mice subjects, that no pigmentation was present in the hairs and that the subjects became bald.

 

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Topics: regenerative medicine, adult stem cells, hair loss treatment

Treating ALS With Stem Cells

Posted by anna@stemsave.com on May 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are researching stem cell treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the onset of which remains unknown and the cure for which has yet to be discovered. For patients with ALS, motor neurons in the brain, which are in charge of basic muscle movement, are destroyed, causing paralysis or severe lack of muscle control. The phase I clinical study is investigating the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), known for their ability to support neural growth and survival, to prevent the premature neuron degradation normally associated with ALS, and/or their ability to slow the progression of the disease.

 

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Topics: ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, mesenchymal stem cells, neural regrowth

Stem Cells Accelerate Injury Recovery

Posted by barb@stemsave.com on May 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Researchers for Stem Cell Biology at the University of Southern California are analyzing a precursory treatment for injuries utilizing stem cells in the blood. When an injury occurs in the body, idle cells in the blood are alerted to respond. After the injury occurs, a hepatocyte growth factor activator (HGFA) is shown to alert blood stem cells all over the body to respond and make the repairs, accelerating the healing process. By alerting these stem cells prior to injury, stem cell treatments could anticipate injuries and heal them more quickly in people who are in injury-prone professions.

 

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Topics: blood stem cells, injury recovery

Paralysis Treatment Utilizing Stem Cells

Posted by devin@stemsave.com on May 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has been working on stem cell treatments for injuries to the central nervous system. This particular treatment utilizes the application of autologous stem cells that produce the myelin sheath around neurons. Injuries to the spinal cord result in scar tissue and cavity formation at the site of injury. Given that scar tissue formation hinders signals from being transmitted to the limbs, which then become paralyzed, this treatment has been shown to create a bridge that allows the signal to be transmitted and partially restore limb function in animal subjects.

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Topics: Paralysis, myelin sheaths, spinal cord injuries, autologous stem cells

Anti-Seizure Nasal Spray Utilizes Stem Cells

Posted by pamela@stemsave.com on Apr 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A team at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine has been working on a treatment to address the side effects of epileptic seizures utilizing vesicles from stem cells. The most significant side effect of seizures is inflammation in the brain, which anti-seizure drugs do not typically treat. The vesicles, known for their anti-inflammatory properties,  are separated and recovered from mesenchymal stem cells [MSCs] and delivered via a nasal spray to promote rapid delivery to the brain.  Separating the vesicles from their stem cells allows them to penetrate barriers not permeable by the whole stem cell, thereby increasing their efficacy in limiting damage caused by inflammation.

 

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Topics: MSC's, mesenchymal stem cells, epileptic seizures

Bionic Thymus Transforms Stem Cells into Cancer-Fighting T Cells

Posted by taylor@stemsave.com on Apr 21, 2017 6:56:47 PM


Researchers at UCLA have developed a ‘bionic thymus’ capable of transforming blood stem cells into T cells of the immune system that can be targeted to attack cancer cells. During the transformation, the researchers were also able to incorporate a tumor-targeting gene in anticipation of utilizing the cells to fight cancers.  T Cell production is a long and complex biological process in the body and many cancer patients may not have enough of their own T cells to collect and direct to combat their cancer. Therefore, the creation of an artificial thymus has the potential to resolve this issue. The process also shuts off the expression of normal T cell surface receptors, which the researchers believe may enable the cells to be used by other patients without the risk of rejection.

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Topics: regenerative medicine, immune cells, genetic engineering, cancer treatment

Parkinson's Disease Treatment Utilizes Stem Cells

Posted by hunter@stemsave.com on Apr 14, 2017 3:58:00 PM

Summit for Stem Cell Foundation’s scientists are developing a treatment protocol that calls for the reprogramming of autologous [the patient’s own] stem cells to produce dopamine to treat PD. An important aspect of Parkinson’s disease is neural degeneration, which vastly decreases the production of dopamine, a hormone necessary for proper movement. By differentiating stem cells to replace the damaged neurons, the treatment holds the promise of significantly alleviating the symptoms [loss of muscle control] associated with Parkinson’s.

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Topics: parkinsons disease, regenerative medicine, adult stem cells

Cystic Fibrosis and COPD Treated with Stem Cells

Posted by devin@stemsave.com on Mar 31, 2017 4:57:57 PM

At this year’s Lung Science Conference in Estoril, Portugal, researchers revealed that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be effective in treating chronic inflammatory lung diseases, such as COPD or cystic fibrosis, which currently have no cure. In pre-clinical trials, MSCs injected intravenously into mice with inflammatory lung diseases demonstrated an ability to repair the damaged lung tissue and alleviate inflammation by decreasing the number of neutrophils and monocytic cells, which are indicators of inflammation.

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Topics: mesenchymal stem cells, regenerative medicine, COPD, cystic fibrosis, inflammatory lung disease

StemSave Featured on ABC7 News

Posted by artgreco@stemsave.com on Mar 31, 2017 1:58:02 PM

 

StemSave is featured on ABC7 Southwest Florida News, highlighting the afforable prices of the services and the benefits of preserving dental pulp stem cells.

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Topics: cryopreservation, bank dental stem cells, dental pulp stem cells

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