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Human Fetal Bone Cells Seeded in Hyaluronic Acid Gel As A Delivery System For Bone Engineering
D.Tenorio, L.A.Applegate, S. Jaccoud, C.Scaletta, D.P. Pioletti

Human fetal bone cells seeded in a hyaluronic acid gel as a delivery system, can survive and proliferate within this gel, are positive for alkaline phosphatase and von Kossa staining, demonstrating the potential of these cells bone engineering.

Development of a Bone Marrow Targeting Cell Therapy
Thomas Kean*, Lori Duesler*, Tambet Teesalu**, Erkki Ruoslahti**, James E Dennis*

One major obstacle in stem cell therapy is poor cell engraftment. To address this issue, concurrent investigations were made to develop novel peptides targeting bone marrow and a method to transiently ‘paint’ targeting molecules onto cells. Painting was studied using a model palmitated peptide. Novel bone marrow targeting peptides were sought using in vivo phage display in a locally irradiated mouse model that has an internal control (untreated leg).

Adaptive control of glycerol & methanol feeding in recombinant Pichia pastoris cultures: Impact on antibody titre
Filipe Ataíde, Ana Raquel Ferreira, João J. Clemente, António E. Cunha, Rui Oliveira

Pichia pastoris processes for heterolougous protein expression are typically run in three phases: a batch phase, an exponential feeding fed-batch phase and a long oxygen transfer limitation (OTL) phase. The final protein titre is often limited by the oxygen availability in the OTL phase. Here a direct adaptive controller is designed for the OTL phase. The controller was validated in pilot P. pastoris cultivations expressing a single chain antibody fragment (ScFv). This work shows that the propos

Critical factors for successful RNAi experiments in primary cells and hard to transfect cell lines
Markus Zumbansen1, Nicole Spottke1, Sheila Offizier1, Allison St. Amand2, Devin Leake2, Ludger Altrogge1, Meike Weigel1, Sandra Domzalski1, Dietmar Lenz, and Herbert Müller-Hartmann1

The amaxa Nucleofector® Technology is a well established method for effective, non-viral transfection of any nucleic acid substrate into hard-to-transfect cells, especially suspension and primary cells. With the Nucleofector® 96-well Shuttle® system high throughput applications such as siRNA-library screenings have become amenable for the first time in these cell types. This renders target validation and identification possible in cell types highly relevant for biomedical research. Here we dis

High Content Image Analysis using a Laser Scanning Microplate Cytometer
Paul Wylie, Ben Schenker, Sarah Payne and Andrew Goulter

Microscope-based high-content instruments offer high optical resolution, however, the limited field of view afforded by their objective lenses can mean lengthy read times for some assays, especially where multiple image capture per well is required. Wherever possible, only a small percentage of the total number of cells present in a test well are analysed to keep plate read times at a minimum, which may not always be ideal. Microplate laser- scanning cytometers, such as TTP LabTech’s Acumen® eX3

Stem Cell Derived Human Neurons in CNS Drug Discovery
L Jackson, C Verastegui, C Wells, D Pau, A Nunn, A Finucane, M Lynch, S Boldt, L Gerrard, S.J. MacKenzie

Central nervous system disorders affect many people worldwide. To increase the quality and number of drugs available for treatments of CNS disorders such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and anxiety, the success rate of CNS drug discovery programmes must be improved. The challenge in drug discovery is to develop more relevant assay systems to identify lead compounds for further development. Cell based screening assays currently used for CNS drug development involve primary cells or commercially

Current status and prospects of the commercial storage of adult stem
Alexander E. Rodin, Anatoly N. Gromyko, Alexander B. Smolyaninov

The authors present a result of survey among 300 residents of the Russian Far East on their potential willingness to store cord blood stem cells of their newborns and/or their own gametes for the future needs. The current status of the cord blood banking system in Russia is also described.

Modular Glass Chip System for the Acquisition of the Electric Activity and Physiological Parameters of Differentiated Stem Cells
P. J. Koester, J. Sakowski, S. M. Buehler, C. Tautorat, H. Altrichter, W. Baumann and J. Gimsa

The EU chemical policy REACH, effective on June 2007, regulates the registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals. Investigations on the effects of neurotoxic and developmental-neurotoxic substances are required by European and US-American test guidelines. However, at the moment these tests are based on animal experiments contradicting society claims to abolish animal experiments and to implement the 3R-principle. The resulting problem is… How to pair REACH and the 3Rs?

Changes in the Gene Expression of mRNA Transcripts for Insulin like Growth Factor, their receptor and Facilitative Glucose Transporter in IVM Oocytes
S.C. Gupta, Neelam Gupta and Alok Pandey

The cDNA libraries from single oocytes and pre-implantation buffalo embryos from 2 cell stage to blastocyst were established. Relative expression studied with RT-PCR of IGF-I showed an increase at 12h and decline at 24h of IVM oocytes. IGF-IR was expressed at cleavage stages to blastocyts. Glut-I was expressed in IVM oocytes and SCNT embryos at all stages. Gene expression of IGF-I, IGF-IR and Glut-I plays an important role in SCNT embryo production.

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The Mending Tissue - Cellular Instructions for Tissue Repair
NUS-led collaborative study identifies universal mechanism that explains how tissue shape regulates physiological processes such as wound healing and embryo development.
Tissue Bank Pays Dividends for Brain Cancer Research
Checking what’s in the bank – the Brisbane Breast Bank, that is – has paid dividends for UQ cancer researchers.
iPS Cells Discover Drug Target for Muscle Disease
Researchers have designed a model that reprograms fibroblasts to the early stages of their differentiation into intact muscle cells in a step towards a therapeutic for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Engineered Hot Fat Implants Reduce Weight Gain
Scientists at UC Berkeley have developed a novel way to engineer the growth and expansion of energy-burning “good” fat, and then found that this fat helped reduce weight gain and lower blood glucose levels in mice.
Transplanted Stem Cells Can Benefit Retinal Disease Sufferers
Tests on animal models show that MSCs secrete growth factors that suppress causes of diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
MRI Scanners Can Steer Therapeutics to Specific Target Sites
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered MRI scanners, normally used to produce images, can steer cell-based, tumour busting therapies to specific target sites in the body.
Team Finds Early Inflammatory Response Paralyzes T Cells
Findings could have enormous implications for immunotherapy, autoimmune disorders, transplants and other aspects of immunity.
Early Detection of Lung Cancer
The University of Manchester has signed a collaboration agreement with Abcodia to perform proteomics studies on a cohort of non-small cell lung cancer cases from the UKCTOCS biobank, with the aim of discovering new blood-based biomarkers for earlier detection of the disease.
Researchers Identify Drug Candidate for Skin, Hair Regeneration
Formerly undiscovered role of protein may lead to the development of new medications that stimulate hair and skin regeneration in trauma or burn victims.
Basis for New Treatment Options for a Fatal Leukemia in Children Revealed
Detailed molecular analyses allow new insights into the function of tumour cells and options for new treatments.
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