Volume 8.14 | Apr 14

Cord Blood News 8.14 April 14, 2016
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TOP STORY
Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cell-Secreted Lactate Induces M2-Macrophage Differentiation by Metabolic Reprogramming
The authors demonstrated that umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stromal cells alter the phenotype and function of monocyte-derived dendritic cells through lactate-mediated metabolic reprogramming. [Oncotarget] Full Article
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PUBLICATIONS (Ranked by impact factor of the journal)
Electrospun Nanoyarn Seeded with Myoblasts Induced from Placental Stem Cells for the Application of Stress Urinary Incontinence Sling: An In Vitro Study
Investigators fabricated a novel electrospun nanoyarn using dynamic liquid electrospinning technique. The nanoyarn was seeded with myoblasts differentiated from placental stem cells to evaluate the feasiblity of the cell-scaffold construct as a tissue engineering sling to treat stress urinary incontinence. [Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces] Abstract

Dexmedetomidine Inhibits Maturation and Function of Human Cord Blood-Derived Dendritic Cells by Interfering with Synthesis and Secretion of IL-12 and IL-23
Human dendritic cells (DCs) and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) were obtained from human cord blood mononuclear cells by density gradient centrifugation. Researchers investigated the effects and underlying mechanism of dexmedetomidine on cultured human DCs. [PLoS One] Full Article

The Combined Effect of PDX1, Epidermal Growth Factor and Poly-L-Ornithine on Human Amnion Epithelial Cells’ Differentiation
Scientists chose to drive pancreatic development in human amnion epithelial cells by inducing endogenous PDX1 expression. Further, they investigated the role of epidermal growth factor and poly-L-ornithine on this differentiation process. [BMC Dev Biol] Full Article

Intratracheal Transplantation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Simultaneously Attenuates Both Lung and Brain Injuries in Hyperoxic Newborn Rats
Scientists investigated whether attenuation of hyperoxic lung injury with intratracheal transplantation of human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells could simultaneously mitigate brain damage in neonatal rats. [Pediatr Res] Abstract

Electrophysiology, Immunophenotype, and Gene Expression Characterization of Senescent and Cryopreserved Human Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells
The authors characterized human amniotic fluid stem cells in senescent cultures (6 weeks) versus cryopreserved cells using whole-cell patch-clamp, immunophenotyping, and differential gene expression profiling for senescence genes. [J Physiol Sci] Abstract

Polymer Mesh Scaffold Combined with Cell-Derived ECM for Osteogenesis of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Investigators utilized a PLGA/PLA mesh scaffold, coated with cell-derived extracellular matrix and assessed its potential as an osteogenic microenvironment for human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells. [Biomater Res] Full Article

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REVIEWS
Impact of HLA in Cord Blood Transplantation Outcomes
Umbilical cord blood (UCB) emerged in the last 20 years as a valid alternative source of hematopoietic stem cell in allogeneic transplantation setting, mainly in the absence of a fully human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-matched sibling. The authors describe the role of HLA in UCB transplantation setting. [HLA] Abstract

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INDUSTRY NEWS
Method for Earlier Detection of Leukemia Wins $300,000 Grant
A unique pitch competition hosted by the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research on Friday awarded a team of researchers $300,000 to further develop — and potentially commercialize — a diagnostic platform that promises to catch leukemic cells in blood tests at very early stages of the disease. [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] Press Release

FDA Approves New Drug for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in Patients with a Specific Chromosomal Abnormality
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Venclexta (venetoclax) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have a chromosomal abnormality called 17p deletion and who have been treated with at least one prior therapy. Venclexta is the first FDA-approved treatment that targets the B-cell lymphoma 2 protein, which supports cancer cell growth and is overexpressed in many patients with CLL. [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] Press Release

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POLICY NEWS
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EVENTS
NEW World Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Congress
May 18-20, 2016
London, United Kingdom

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NEW Postdoctoral Fellow – Hematopoietic Stem Cells (University of Pennsylvania)

Principal Investigator – Stem Cell Biology and Regeneration Medicine (Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center)

Engineering Project Lead (Cytonome)

Postdoctoral Scientist – Hematological Malignancies (Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association)

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (University of Pittsburgh)

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)


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