Making Blood Cells into Heart Cells

Vojdani et al. Hum Cell. 2011 Mar;24(1):35-42 One of the major debates in the area of stem cell therapy is whether adult stem cells are capable of directly transforming (differentiating) into new tissue, or whether the therapeutic effects of administered stem cells occur because of growth factors produced by the injected stem cells. There are…

PRECISE: Adipose-derived stem cells show utility as therapy

Cardiology Today PRECISE is The Randomized Clinical Trial of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells in Treatment of Non Revascularizable Ischemic Myocardium, a double blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 27 patients with chronic ischemic heart disease with HF, angina or both, who were not eligible for percutaneous or surgical revascularization. The patients in the study underwent a liposuction to…

Membrane Voltage Changes Control Timing of Stem Cell Differentiation

Researchers at Tufts University have discovered that changes in voltage which naturally occur across adult human stem cell membranes act as a powerful control mechanism which determines the timing of stem cell differentiation. Led by Dr. Michael Levin, the scientists have shed new light on the role that electrophysiology plays in the differentiation and proliferation…