Mechanisms of a New Stem Cell Mobilizer

Jarcome-Galarza et al. J Bone Miner Res. It is known that the bone marrow contains three main types of stem cells: a) hematopoietic stem cells, which make blood; b) endothelial progenitor cells, which maintain healthy blood vessels; and c) mesenchymal stem cells, which repair a variety of tissues and are capable of producing high amounts [...]

2010-12-29T21:28:33+00:00December 29th, 2010|News, Stem Cell Research|

What Works Better: Stem Cell Mobilization or Stem Cell Administration for Brain Injury

Bakhtiary et al. Iran Biomed J. 2010 Oct;14(4):142-9. Bone marrow mobilization is used as part of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in order to collect donor bone marrow stem cells without having to puncture the bone. The process of mobilization is induced by administration of the drug G-CSF, which is approved by the FDA. One interesting [...]

2010-10-14T15:43:48+00:00October 14th, 2010|Adult Stem Cells, Brain Injury, News, Stem Cell Research|

Scientists identify and isolate adult mammary stem cells in mice

(Times of India) It is well-known that stem cells exist in adult tissues. The most commonly known stem cell, the bone marrow stem cell, plays the physiological role of generating billions of blood cells per hour while being capable of making copies of itself. Subsequent to the discovery of the bone marrow stem cell in [...]

2010-09-01T15:50:49+00:00September 1st, 2010|Adult Stem Cells, Bone Marrow, News, Stem Cell Research|

Stem cell therapy benefits patients with chronic heart failure—study

(Neharika Sabharwal) After a heart attack the myocardium (heart muscle) undergoes a period of damage during which cells of the body attempt to heal the injured tissue. This occurs through stem cells found in the heart itself, called cardiac specific stem cells (CSC) as well as bone marrow stem cells which seem to exit the [...]

2010-08-31T15:52:21+00:00August 31st, 2010|Adult Stem Cells, Heart Disease, News, Stem Cell Research|

Pluristem to take part in EU stem cell study

(Shiri Habib-Valdhorn, Globes [online], Israel business news) Broadly speaking there are two types of adult stem cell therapies: Those that involve the use of the patient’s own stem cells, called autologous, and those that involve use of another patient’s cells, called allogeneic. There are pros and cons to both approaches. In the autologous approach the [...]

2010-08-30T16:31:42+00:00August 30th, 2010|News, Stem Cell Research|

Pluristem’s Off-The-Shelf Placenta-Derived Cell Therapies

Pluristem announced that its "off the shelf" placental stem cells will be the focus of upcoming talking at investor and medical conferences. The company Pluristem is currently in Phase I trials assessing its unique bio-reactor expanded placental stem cells for the treatment of critical limb ischemia. In contrast to other therapies that use the patient's [...]

2010-05-20T17:02:58+00:00May 20th, 2010|Adult Stem Cells, News, Stem Cell Research|

Stem Cells Have GPS to Generate Proper Nerve Cells

One of the main questions in stem cell therapy is how the injected cells "know" to find their way into the specific parts of the body where they are needed. The most common example of stem cells homing is during bone marrow transplant. In this situation donor stem cells are administered to the recipient intravenously, [...]

2010-05-12T17:23:40+00:00May 12th, 2010|News, Stem Cell Research|

Stem Cells Don’t have to be Alive to Be Beneficial

The use of stem cells in patients who have poor circulation is well-known.  In fact, the first use of stem cells for conditions other than blood disorders was in patients who were undergoing bypass surgery.  Usually patients undergo bypass because of advanced atherosclerosis that is inhibiting the flow of blood to the heart muscle.  Despite [...]

2010-04-30T17:55:51+00:00April 30th, 2010|Heart Disease, News, Stem Cell Research|