Category Archives: Stem Cell Research

The Struggle to Make CNS Axons Regenerate: Why Has It Been so Difficult?

Author: James W. Fawcett Abstract: Axon regeneration in the CNS is inhibited by many extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Because these act in parallel, no single intervention has been sufficient to enable full regeneration of damaged axons in the adult mammalian … Continue reading

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The effects of a pro-angiogenic, RGD-functionalized, nanofiber composite biomaterial on mesenchymal stem cell-mediated repair of the injured spinal cord

Abstract: Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in nervous tissue loss and so far untreatable functional impairments. Preclinical studies have demonstrated that a transplant of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) elicits paracrine effects resulting in anatomical repair and partial functional … Continue reading

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Regeneration of Spinal Cord Connectivity Through Stem Cell Transplantation and Biomaterial Scaffolds

Authors: Hiroyuki Katoh, Kazuya Yokota and Michael Fehlings “In this review, we outline the pathophysiology of SCI that makes the spinal cord refractory to regeneration and discuss the research that has been done with cell replacement and biomaterial implantation strategies, … Continue reading

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Putting 3D Printing to Work to Heal Spinal Cord Injury

“For people whose spinal cords are injured in traffic accidents, sports mishaps, or other traumatic events, cell-based treatments have emerged as a potential avenue for encouraging healing. Now, taking advantage of advances in 3D printing technology, researchers have created customized … Continue reading

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Opinion: Ethical Challenges in Using iPS Cells to Treat Paralysis

Uncertainties about the cells’ risk profiles and the potential for hyping unproven therapies mean scientists and the media must tread carefully. On February 18, 2019, The Asahi Shimbun reported, “Ministry [of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan] OKs 1st iPS [induced … Continue reading

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Epigenetic regulation of axonal regeneration

Authors: S. DI GIOVANNI, E. MACLACHLAN, I. PALMISANO, T. HUTSON, A. HERVERA, F. DE VIRGILIIS, M. DANZI, J. BIXBY, V. LEMMON Lab Abstract: Regeneration after peripheral nerve injury depends on the activation of key signalling events, the recruitment of transcription … Continue reading

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Transplanting Cells for Spinal Cord Repair: Who, What, When, Where and Why?

Authors: L.V. Zholudeva, Michael.A. Lane Lab Abstract: “Cellular transplantation for repair of the injured spinal cord has a rich history with strategies focused on neuroprotection, immunomodulation, and neural reconstruction. The goal of the present review is to provide a concise … Continue reading

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Stem Cell Therapy for Traumatic SCI

In this presentation, Dr.Alicia Fuhrman in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, explains the complex and rapidly expanding field of stem cell medicine. She begins by clarifying what stem cells are and how they are used in different … Continue reading

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Translational Regenerative Therapies for Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

Authors: Kyriakos Dalamagkas, Magdalini Tsintou, Amelia Seifalian, Alexander M. Seifalian Abstract: “Spinal cord injury is a chronic and debilitating neurological condition that is currently being managed symptomatically with no real therapeutic strategies available. Even though there is no consensus on the best time … Continue reading

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Biomimetic 3D-printed scaffolds for spinal cord injury repair

Authors: Jacob Koffler, Wei Zhu, Xin Qu, Oleksandr Platoshyn, Jennifer N. Dulin, John Brock, Lori Graham, Paul Lu, Jeff Sakamoto, Martin Marsala, Shaochen Chen, Mark H. Tuszynski “Current methods for bioprinting functional tissue lack appropriate biofabrication techniques to build complex 3D micro architectures essential for guiding cell … Continue reading

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