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High content imaging based mapping of stem cell phenotypes
Er Liu, Sebastian Vega, Anthony Kulesa, Jared Bushman, Hak-Joon Sung, Mattew Becker, Joachim Kohn, and Prabhas Moghe

Stem cells possess the ability of self-renewal and multi-lineage differentiation. However, conventional biological assays usually take weeks to months to identify the stem cell fates. Here we present a high content imaging based profiling platform that enables identifying stem cell phenotypes at much early time points. This platform could help monitor and even predict the long term fate of stem cells.

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibodies detected by peptide microarrays
ahmed Abd El Wahed1, Ulrike Beutling2, Ronald Frank2, Gerhard Hunsmann1, and Hans-Joachim Fritz3

HBV and HIVenv chips with overlapping oligopeptides encompassing the full amino acid sequences of HBV and HIV polypeptides were produced. In addition, a chip displaying a library of random 4608 different 15-mers peptides (4608-RPL) was prepared. Both chips were used for analyzing monoclonal antibodies and sera from HIV- and HBV-infected individuals. 4608-RPL could be used for identifying target sequences of antibodies without prior knowledge of the corresponding immunizing antigen.

SuperNatural: A Database of Available Natural Compounds
Melanie Füllbeck, Mathias Dunkel and Robert Preissner

The majority of marketed drugs are natural compounds or derivatives thereof. The compounds availability is often unclear. Therefore we have compiled a database of ~50,000 natural compounds. Starting point for in silico screenings are about 2,500 well-known, classified natural compounds or imported molecules. Possible medical applications can be detected and about three million conformers computed to account for the flexibility during usage of the 3D-superposition algorithm.

Nucleic Acid Reagents and Experimental Results in the NCBI Probe Database
Svetlana Iazvovskaia, Ilene Karsch Mizrachi, Kirill Rotmistrovsky, and Savani Tatake

Five years ago, the NCBI Probe database (ProbeDB) was established to provide a centralized archive of molecular probes used in biomedical applications. Currently ProbeDB contains around 10 million probes of 65 types including gene silencing agents, in situ hybridization probes, and probes for variation analysis and genome mapping. Presently, ProbeDB is the largest and most extensive database of this type available in public domain.

Regulatory requirements in the development of advanced therapy products (cell-, gene therapy, tissue engineering products)
Marianne Groeneveld

Regulatory authorities are active to ensure a good regulatory environment for somatic cell therapy-, gene therapy- and tissue engineering products (in the EU known as ‘Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products’). Both the EMEA and the FDA have, amongst others, issued guidelines to address the specific aspects of these products

EFFICIENT LARGE SCALE EXPANSION OF HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS: COMPARISON OF 4 DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS FOR SINGLE CELL PASSAGING

Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) are promising for tissue engineering (TE) purposes due to their unique properties. However, the current standard mechanical passaging technique is time consuming and labour intensive, thus limiting the rate of hESC expansion and possible TE experiments.

Immunomodulatory Properties of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Cultured in Autologous Serum
Eivazova G, Berzins U, Zvaigzne A, Skrastina D, Bogdanova A, Kozlovska T, Lejnieks A

This study investigated whether adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC), cultivated in the medium containing autologous serum, maintain immunomodulatory properties of MSC. Obtained cells were CD73, CD90 and CD105 positive but CD34 and CD45 negative. ADSC underwent in vitro differentiation into adipocytes, osteoblasts and chondroblasts. Immunomodulatory properties of ADSC were investigated by blast transformation reaction and significant suppression of T lymphocyte proliferation was induced in a dose d

Development of cell culture system on the basis of adult stem cells for modeling of HBV infection
Zajakina A, Berzins U, Bogdanova A, Kozlovska T

Efforts to elucidate the mechanisms by which HBV infects hepatocytes and causes liver damage have been hampered by the strict virus host range and a lack of suitable cell culture and animal models of HBV infection/replication. The present study has established and elucidated a novel HBV infection/replication in vitro model system based on adipose-derived stem cells differentiated into human hepatocyte-like cell line.

FOXP3 Gene Expression in Multiple Sclerosis patients before and after Mesenchymal Stem Cell therapy
Maryam Mohajeri, Mandana Mohyeddin Bonab, Behrooz Nikbin, Ali Farazmand

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the CNS. No successful treatment for MS, but one therapeutic strategy in research is the use of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). We studied a group of MS patients who underwented MSCs, assayed for expression of a transcription factor, FOXP3, as a specific marker of MS amelioration in peripheral blood. qRT-PCR on PBMCs showed higher FoxP3 levels.

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Characterizing the Micro-Mechanical Properties of Soft Materials, Tissues and Cells
Ernst Breel of Optics11 discusses the current problems with characterizing the mechanical properties of soft materials, focusing on how the company's Piuma Nanoindenter can assist researchers.
New Transitional Stem Cells Discovered
New stem cells are easier to manipulate, could help future research on reproductive problems.
A New Tool for Understanding ALS: Patients’ Brain Cells
Researchers create a free public library of versatile stem cells from ALS patients.
Limber Lungs: One Type of Airway Cell Can Regenerate Another Lung Cell Type
Findings from animal study have implications for disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Amniotic Stem Cells Demonstrate Healing Potential
Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital study proves cells promote vasculature in hydrogel therapy.
Novel Mechanism Controlling Lung Cancer Stem Cell Growth
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers have discovered a novel mechanism that plays an important role in the maintenance of lung cancer stem cells.
The Switch That Might Tame The Most Aggressive Of Breast Cancers
Garvan researchers have found that so-called ‘triple-negative breast cancers’ are two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types. They have also found a gene that drives the aggressive disease, and hope to find a way to ‘switch it off’.
Mechanically Stimulating Stem Cells
MIT biological engineering graduate student Frances Liu is studying ways to alter mechanical properties of cell environments to produce desired chemical outputs.
Molecule Controls Stem Cell Plasticity By Boosting Gene Expression
Sox9 appears to lead the activation of super-enhancers that boost genes associated with stem cell plasticity.
Stem Cells Show Promise For Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
Scientists at the University of British Columbia and BetaLogics, have shown for the first time that Type 2 diabetes can be effectively treated with a combination of specially-cultured stem cells and conventional diabetes drugs.
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