Volume 8.10 | Mar 17

Cord Blood News 8.10 March 17, 2016
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TOP STORY
Development and Validation of a Rapid, Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Bright-Based, Cord Blood Potency Assay
Scientists developed a rapid multiparameter flow cytometric cord blood unit potency assay that enumerates cells expressing high levels of the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase along with viable CD45+, CD34+ cell content. [Blood] Abstract
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PUBLICATIONS (Ranked by impact factor of the journal)
Exosomal miR-10a Derived from Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells Preserves Ovarian Follicles after Chemotherapy
Investigators demonstrated that amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs)-derived exosomes recapitulate the anti-apoptotic effect of AFSCs on chemotherapy-damaged granulosa cells, which are vital for the growth of ovarian follicles. [Sci Rep] Full Article

Adipogenic Placenta-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Are Not Lineage Restricted by Withdrawing Extrinsic Factors: Developing a Novel Visual Angle in Stem Cell Biology
Researchers showed that after withdrawing extrinsic factors, adipogenic placental-derived mesenchymal stem cells reverted to a primitive cell population and retained stem cell characteristics. The mitochondrial network during differentiation and dedifferentiation may serve as a marker of absent or acquired pluripotency in various stem cell models. [Cell Death Dis] Full Article

Enhanced Neuro-Therapeutic Potential of Wharton’s Jelly–Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Comparison with Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells Culture
Scientists examined stromal stem cells derived either from umbilical cord Wharton’s jelly (WJ-MSC) or bone marrow (BM-MSC) of adult, healthy donors. WJ-MSC, in comparison with BM-MSC, exhibited a higher proliferation rate, a greater expansion capability being additionally stimulated under low-oxygen atmosphere, enhanced neurotrophic factors gene expression and spontaneous tendency toward a neural lineage differentiation commitment confirmed by protein and gene marker induction. [Cytotherapy] Abstract

Enhanced Ex Vivo Expansion of Human Hematopoietic Progenitors on Native and Spin Coated Acellular Matrices Prepared from Bone Marrow Stromal Cells
Investigators developed cell-free matrices from a bone marrow stromal cell line, which can be used as substrates either in native form or as tissue engineered coatings, for the enhanced ex vivo expansion of umbilical cord blood derived hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. [Stem Cells Int] Full Article

Mechanisms of Modulation of Cytokine Release by Human Cord Blood Monocytes Exposed to High Concentrations of Caffeine
LPS-activated cord blood monocytes (CBM) from 19 infants were exposed to caffeine with or without previous exposure to A1R, A3R, or phosphodiesterases (PDE) IV antagonists to determine changes in dose-response curves. Neither A3R, nor PDE blockades are involved in caffeine’s modulation of cytokine release by CBM at any concentration. [Ped Res] Abstract

A Three-Dimensional Culture System Recapitulates Placental Syncytiotrophoblast Development and Microbial Resistance
The authors describe a three-dimensional-based culture model using human JEG-3 trophoblast cells that develop syncytiotrophoblast phenotypes when cocultured with human microvascular endothelial cells. [Sci Adv] Abstract

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REVIEWS
MicroRNAs Mediated Regulation of MAPK Signaling Pathways in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
The authors discussed the potential role of various miRNAs that are found involved in regulating the proteins cascades of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway associated with chronic myeloid leukemia. [Oncotarget] Full Article

A Rational Strategy for the Use of Amniotic Epithelial Stem Cell Therapy for Liver Diseases
The author provides an overview of the beneficial properties of hAECs and proposes a rational strategy for translating placental stem cells toward clinical application for various liver diseases. [Stem Cells Transl Med] Abstract

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INDUSTRY NEWS
CSUSM Granted $3 Million to Train Next Generation of STEM Cell Scientists
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine announced that California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will receive $3,045,000 to continue the institution’s Bridges to Stem Cell Research Internship Programs. [California State University San Marcos] Press Release

AngioStem™ Inc. Licenses Universal Donor Stem Cell Technology from Queensland University Australia
AngioStem™ Inc. announced signing of an exclusive licensing agreement with Queensland University covering intellectual property on newly discovered placentally derived stem cell populations. The proprietary stem cells are believed to play a role in successful pregnancy by creating new blood vessels that lead to formation and function of the placenta. [AngioStem™ Inc. (Business Wire)] Press Release

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POLICY NEWS
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European Medicines Agency (European Union)

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (United Kingdom)

Therapeutic Goods Administration (Australia)
 
EVENTS
NEW 14th International Cord Blood Symposium
June 9-11, 2016
San Francisco, California, United States

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NEW Postdoctoral Research Associate – Blood Stem cell Microenvironment (University of Illinois)

Associate Scientist – Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology (Editas Medicine)

Research Associate – Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology (Editas Medicine)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Hematology/Oncology (Boston Children’s Hospital)

Research Fellow – Erythropoiesis (New York Blood Center)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Cleveland Clinic)

Translational Research Scientist – Hematology/Oncology (University of Chicago)

Postdoctoral Associate – Epigenetic Regulation of Normal and Leukemic Stem Cells (Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute)

Postdoctoral Positions – Immunology, Cancer, and Stem Cells (University of Connecticut)

PhD Position – Stem Cells and Transplantation (University of Geneva)

Postdoctoral position – Regenerative Medicine (University of Copenhagen)


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