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Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia, and Autism Studied With Mature Brain Cells Reprogrammed From Skin Cells
2013-06-07 07:36:57

Pennsylvania State University Difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism now can be probed more safely and effectively thanks to an innovative new method for obtaining mature brain cells called neurons from reprogrammed skin cells. According to Gong Chen, the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences and professor of biology at Penn State University and the leader of the research team, "the most exciting part of this research is that it offers the promise of...

2013-06-05 08:29:04

MADISON, Wis., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) today announced that it has expanded its MyCell® Products line, offering access to a number of human disease models and licensing key genetic engineering patents from Life Technologies and Sigma-Aldrich. CDI's MyCell Products include custom cell products manufactured using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology to make stem cells or differentiated cells from any individual, including those with...

2013-06-04 12:27:52

WNT3 helps pinpoint stem cell lines primed to turn into liver, pancreas and similar tissues; other genes may help select other lineages BOSTON, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to researchers at Boston Children's Hospital, stem cells that strongly express a gene called WNT3 are biased to develop into cells and tissues including pancreas, liver and bladder. This discovery suggests that other genes may serve as biomarkers for selecting stem cells with a preference for...

2013-05-21 23:02:29

A new study appearing in the current issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that stem cells harvested from fat (adipose) are more potent than those collected from bone marrow in helping to modulate the body´s immune system. Durham, NC (PRWEB) May 21, 2013 A new study appearing in the current issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine indicates that stem cells harvested from fat (adipose) are more potent than those collected from bone marrow in helping to modulate the...

2013-05-09 11:22:27

A key type of human brain cell developed in the laboratory grows seamlessly when transplanted into the brains of mice, UC San Francisco researchers have discovered, raising hope that these cells might one day be used to treat people with Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and possibly even Alzheimer's disease, as well as and complications of spinal cord injury such as chronic pain and spasticity. "We think this one type of cell may be useful in treating several types of neurodevelopmental and...

Mesp1 Gene Triggers Stem Cells To Become Heart, Blood Or Muscle
2013-05-03 18:37:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When geneticists at the University of Minnesota began work on what they thought was a regulatory gene, they probably had no idea their work would redefine the tiny snippet of genetic material as a key player in stem cell differentiation. According to the team´s report in the journal Cell Stem Cell, the gene Mesp1 is responsible for differentiation of heart, blood and muscle cells from stem cells. “Previous research...

2013-04-23 14:34:19

Researchers at the University of Bonn decode a kind of trigger switch for the conversion of fat cells For a long time, scientists have dreamt of converting undesirable white fat cells into brown fat cells and thus simply have excess pounds melt away. Researchers at the University of Bonn have now gotten a step closer to this goal: They decoded a "toggle switch" in mice which can significantly stimulate fat burning. The results are now being presented in the scientifc journal "Nature...

2013-04-22 16:24:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a serendipitous discovery, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to turn bone marrow stem cells directly into brain cells. Current techniques for turning patients' marrow cells into cells of some other desired type are relatively cumbersome, risky and effectively confined to the lab dish. The new finding points to the possibility of simpler and safer techniques. Cell therapies derived from...

2013-04-17 15:52:31

Stem cells and tissue-specific cells can be grown in abundance from mature mammalian cells simply by blocking a certain membrane protein, according to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their experiments, reported today in Scientific Reports, also show that the process doesn't require other kinds of cells or agents to artificially support cell growth and doesn't activate cancer genes. Scientists hope that lab-grown...

2013-04-17 13:18:38

Understanding the molecular control of placenta formation, the organ which enables fetal growth, is critical in diagnosing and treating related pregnancy complications. A group of scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and the University of Calgary, Canada has revealed a molecular feedback loop that governs the earliest steps of placenta formation in mice, which is known to mimic placenta formation in humans. Their findings are published April 16 in the open access...