Emmes Announces Its Work on a Phase III Clinical Trial for Breakthrough Therapy Designation Product

Emmes announced that it provided the Phase III clinical trial support for a new investigational cell therapy that offers a promising treatment opportunity for patients who need an allogeneic bone marrow transplant.
[Emmes (PR Newswire, Inc.)]
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Allogeneic Cord Blood Transfusions Prevent Fetal Haemoglobin Depletion in Preterm Neonates. Results of the CB-TrIP Study

Investigators monitored fetal haemoglobin levels in 25 preterm neonates until 36 weeks of post‐menstrual age; patients received repeated red blood cell (RBC) units from allogeneic cord blood (cord‐RBCs) or from adult donors, depending on whether cord‐RBCs were available.
[British Journal of Haematology]
Teofili, L., Papacci, P., Orlando, N., Bianchi, M., Molisso, A., Purcaro, V., … Stefano, V. D. (n.d.). Allogeneic cord blood transfusions prevent fetal haemoglobin depletion in preterm neonates. Results of the CB-TrIP study. British Journal of Haematology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/bjh.16851 Cite
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Hypoxia-Preconditioned Placenta-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Rescue Optic Nerve Axons via Differential Roles of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in an Optic Nerve Compression Animal Model

Scientists established a hypoxia-preconditioned strain using a hypoxic chamber. The human placenta–derived stem cells were exposed to short-term hypoxic conditions of 2.2% O2 and 5.5% CO2.
[Molecular Neurobiology]
Kwon, H., Park, M., Nepali, S., & Lew, H. (2020). Hypoxia-Preconditioned Placenta-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Rescue Optic Nerve Axons Via Differential Roles of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in an Optic Nerve Compression Animal Model. Molecular Neurobiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12035-020-01965-8 Cite
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Plasma Membrane Vesicles of Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells Ameliorate Acetaminophen-Induced Damage in HepG2 Cells: A Novel Stem Cell Therapy

PMVs from human umbilical cord (hUC) MSCs were prepared with an improved procedure including a chemical enucleation step followed by a mechanical extrusion. Plasma membrane vesicles of hUCMSCs were characterized and supplemented to hepatocyte cultures.
[Stem Cell Research & Therapy]
Lin, M., Li, S., Yang, L., Ye, D., Xu, L., Zhang, X., … Wei, C. (2020). Plasma membrane vesicles of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells ameliorate acetaminophen-induced damage in HepG2 cells: a novel stem cell therapy. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 11(1), 225. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13287-020-01738-z Cite
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Proteomic Profiling of Striatal Tissue of a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease after Implantation of Collagen-Encapsulated Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Human umbilical cord-MSCs were encapsulated into collagen hydrogels and implanted into the striatum of hemi‐parkinsonian male Sprague Dawley rats. One or 14 days after implantation, the area of interest was dissected using a cryostat.
[Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine]
Santaella, A., Wessels, H. J. C. T., Kulkarni, P., Gloerich, J., Kuiperij, H. B., Bloem, B. R., … Verbeek, M. M. (n.d.). Proteomic profiling of striatal tissue of a rat model of Parkinson’s disease after implantation of collagen-encapsulated human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1002/term.3081 Cite
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Human Umbilical Cord Blood–Derived MSCs Exosome Attenuate Myocardial Injury by Inhibiting Ferroptosis in Acute Myocardial Infarction Mice

Compared with sham or normoxia groups, RT-PCR and western blotting showed that divalent metal transporter 1 expression was significantly increased, and Prussian blue staining, ferrous iro, MDA, and GSH level detection demonstrated that ferroptosis occurred in the infraction myocardium and in cardiomyocyte following hypoxia-induced injury.
[Cell Biology and Toxicology]
Song, Y., Wang, B., Zhu, X., Hu, J., Sun, J., Xuan, J., & Ge, Z. (2020). Human umbilical cord blood–derived MSCs exosome attenuate myocardial injury by inhibiting ferroptosis in acute myocardial infarction mice. Cell Biology and Toxicology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10565-020-09530-8 Cite
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Enhanced Collection of Phenotypic and Engrafting Human Cord Blood Hematopoietic Stem Cells at 4°C

Researchers demonstrated that collecting and processing of human cord blood at 4°C within minutes of the baby’s birth results in significantly enhanced numbers of rigorously defined phenotypic hematopoietic stem cell and self‐renewing NSG immune‐deficient mouse engrafting and SCID‐repopulating cells.
[Stem Cells]
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Huge Open-Access Journal Deal Inked by University of California and Springer Nature

The University of California (UC) system announced it has signed the biggest open-access deal in North America with one of the largest commercial scientific publishers. The agreement with Springer Nature includes a commitment by the publisher to explore making all articles that UC corresponding authors publish in the Nature family of journals immediately free to read on publication starting in 2022.
[ScienceInsider]
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