Volume 7.30 | Aug 6

Cord Blood News 7.30 August 6, 2015
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TOP STORY
Autocrine Action of Thrombospondin-2 Determines the Chondrogenic Differentiation Potential and Suppresses Hypertrophic Maturation of Human Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Researchers demonstrated that the chondrogenic differentiation potential of human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells obtained from different individual donors varied, and they investigated the molecular basis for this variation. [Stem Cells] Abstract
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PUBLICATIONS (Ranked by impact factor of the journal)
Cartilage Repair Using Composites of Human Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel in a Minipig Model
The cartilage regeneration potential of human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells with a hyaluronic acid hydrogel composite has shown remarkable results in rat and rabbit models. The authors confirmed the consistent regenerative potential in a pig model using three different cell lines. [Stem Cells Transl Med] Abstract

Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Could Improve Survival of Cytogenetically Normal Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients with DNMT3A Mutations
Researchers retrospectively analyzed the prognostic impact of DNMT3A mutations and explored the role of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) in 308 cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukemia patients who received consolidation of intensive chemotherapy or allo-HSCT. [Am J Hematol] Abstract

Differentiation of Donor-Derived Cells into Microglia After Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
The authors report an autopsy case of an umbilical cord blood transplant recipient in whom cells derived from the donor blood differentiated into ramified microglia in the recipient brain parenchyma. [J Neuropathol Exp Neurol] Abstract

Clinical Parameters vs Cytokine Profiles as Predictive Markers of IgE-Mediated Allergy in Young Children
Cord blood mononuclear cells from future immunoglobulin (Ig) E-mediated allergic children produced significantly less Interleukin (IL)-12p70 and IL-15 than cells from the rest of the cohort. [PLoS One] Full Article

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Enhanced the Angiogenesis Response of Human Umbilical Cord-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in a Rat Model of Radiation Myelopathy
Investigators examined a synergistic role for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and human umbilical cord-derived MSCs (UC-MSCs) therapy in a rat model of radiation myelopathy. UC-MSCs processed with VEGF increased the endothelial cell density and the microvessel density in the white matter and gray matter of the spinal cord, and raised the relative magnitude of spinal cord blood flow compared to UC-MSC treatment alone. [Neurochem Res] Abstract

Deferoxamine Preconditioning of Neural-Like Cells Derived from Human Wharton’s Jelly Mesenchymal Stem Cells as a Strategy to Promote Their Tolerance and Therapeutic Potential: An In Vitro Study
Scientists investigated the effects of deferoxamine preconditioning on some factors involved in cell survival, angiogenesis, and neurogenesis of neural-like cells derived from human Wharton’s jelly mesenchymal stem cells in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. [Cell Mol Neurobiol] Abstract

Immunosuppressive Properties of Wharton’s Jelly-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells In Vitro
Scientists obtained mesenchymal stromal cells from Wharton’s jelly derived from umbilical cord and investigated their potential for immunosuppression. [Int J Hematol] Abstract

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REVIEWS
A Need for Renewed and Cohesive US Policy on Cord Blood Banking
To help organize and coordinate efforts across the United States and other nations, policymakers should implement regulations for: high quality standards for both private and public cord blood (CB) banks, a commitment to ethical practices, and an investment in educational campaigns and training programs for all steps of the CB banking process. [Stem Cell Rev] Abstract

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INDUSTRY NEWS
Juno Announces FDA Clearance of Investigational New Drug Application for JCAR015 in Adult Relapsed/Refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Juno Therapeutics, Inc. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the company’s investigational new drug application for JCAR015 for treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia. [Juno Therapeutics, Inc.] Press Release

Stem Cell Transplant Program Earns International Accreditation
The Stem Cell Transplant Program at the University of Virginia Cancer Center has received international accreditation for its use of stem cells and bone marrow to treat patients with blood cancers. [University of Virginia Cancer Center] Press Release

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POLICY NEWS
National Institutes of Health (United States)

Food and Drug Administration (United States)

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (United States)

European Medicines Agency (European Union)

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (United Kingdom)

Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia)
 
EVENTS
NEW Global Cancer Summit
November 18-20, 2015
Bangalore, India

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NEW Postdoctoral Fellowship – Leukemia (Stanford University School of Medicine)

Research Associate – Cell Separation (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Principal Scientist – Hematopoietic Products (STEMCELL Technologies Inc.)

Laboratory Technologist – Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Bank (Texas Stem Cell)

Postdoctoral Position – Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell Assays (Weill Cornell Medical School)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Hematopoietic Regeneration and Myeloid Malignancies (Weill-Cornell Medical College)

Research Associate – Cell Biology (Editas Medicine)

Independent Junior Group Leader – Lymphopoiesis or Gene Regulation/Nuclear Architecture in the Hematopoietic System (Max-Planck-Institute)

Clinical Research Coordinator – Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Regulatory Coordinator – Leukemia Research (Weill Cornell College of Medicine)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Immune Reconstitution in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (Stanford University)

Research Associate – Leukemia, Stem Cells and Development (Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute)


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