Stem Cell News - Science Daily

Read about today's stem cell research including novel stem cell technology and advances in understanding cancer stem cells.
  1. Drug to rejuvenate muscle cells

    Researchers have developed a promising drug that has proven to significantly increase muscle size, strength and metabolic state in aged mice, according to a new study.
  2. Can we repair the brain? The promise of stem cell technologies for treating Parkinson's disease

    Cell replacement may play an increasing role in alleviating the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) in future. Writing in a special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, experts describe how newly developed stem cell technologies could be used to treat the disease and discuss the great promise, as well as the significant challenges, of stem cell treatment.
  3. New insight into use of cell replacement therapies to treat muscular dystrophies

    The University of Minnesota Medical School continues its legacy of advancing cell replacement therapies with a scientific breakthrough that highlights the promise of cell therapies for muscular dystrophy.
  4. More efficient system to reprogram stem cells

    Induced pluripotent stem cells, the workhorse of many regenerative medicine projects, start out as differentiated cells that are reprogrammed to pluripotent stem cells by exposure to a complex set of genetic cocktails.
  5. Antibody could increase cure rate for blood, immune disorders

    An antibody-based treatment can gently and effectively eliminate diseased blood-forming stem cells in the bone marrow to prepare for the transplantation of healthy stem cells, according to a study in mice.
  6. Vitamin D and immune cells stimulate bone marrow disease

    The bone marrow disease myelofibrosis is stimulated by excessive signaling from vitamin D and immune cells known as macrophages, reveals a research team. These findings could help to develop alternative treatments that do not target problem genes.
  7. Researchers develop human cell-based model to study small cell lung cancer

    Researchers have used human embryonic stem cells to create a new model system that allows them to study the initiation and progression of small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The study reveals the distinct roles played by two critical tumor suppressor genes that are commonly mutated in these highly lethal cancers.
  8. Scientists generate functional, transplantable B cells from mice

    Functional B-1 cells derived from mouse embryonic stem cells are capable of long-term engraftment and secrete natural antibodies after transplantation in mice, researchers report. Scientists are interested in B-1 cells generated from pluripotent stem cells because they could be tested as a therapeutic for a broad range of immunological disorders.
  9. Folliculin mutations disrupt embryo implantation

    New information is unfolding on the genetic controls of an early turning point in pregnancy -- the changes in an embryo's cells that occur as it prepares to lodge in the wall of the uterus. Understanding what can go wrong with these genetic controls is shedding light on implantation failure, a major cause of human infertility.
  10. In their DNA: Rotator cuff stem cells more likely to develop into fat cells

    Why are fat deposits more likely to occur after tears of the shoulder's rotator cuff, compared to other types of muscle injuries? An increased propensity of stem cells within with rotator cuff muscles to develop into fat cells may explain the difference.