Engraftment Kinetics after Transplantation of Double Unit Cord Blood Grafts Combined with Haplo-Identical CD34+ Cells without Antithymocyte Globulin

Scientists investigated adding haplo-identical CD34+ cells to double unit cord blood (CB) grafts to facilitate early haplo-identical donor-derived neutrophil recovery prior to CB engraftment.
[Leukemia]
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Effect of Amniotic Fluid Stem Cell Transplantation on the Recovery of Bladder Dysfunction in Spinal Cord-Injured Rats

The effects of human amniotic fluid stem cell transplantation on bladder function and molecular changes in spinal cord-injured rats were investigated.
[Scientific Reports]
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Nanospheres Loaded with Curcumin Improve the Bioactivity of Umbilical Cord Blood-Mesenchymal Stem Cells via c-Src Activation during the Skin Wound Healing Process

Researchers investigated the functional role of a nanosphere loaded with curcumin (CN) in the promotion of the motility of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) during the skin wound healing process. They found that transplantation of umbilical cord blood-MSCs pre-treated with CN enhanced wound closure, granulation, and re-epithelialization at mouse skin wound sites.
[Cells]
Kim, D.-W., Choi, C.-H., Park, J. P., & Lee, S.-J. (2020). Nanospheres Loaded with Curcumin Improve the Bioactivity of Umbilical Cord Blood-Mesenchymal Stem Cells via c-Src Activation During the Skin Wound Healing Process. Cells, 9(6), 1467. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells9061467 Cite
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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.
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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.
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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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