Human pluripotent stem cells, called human embryonic germ (hEG), also could be derived from fetal material obtained from medically terminated pregnancies (23). Although obtained from different sources by different laboratory processes, both hES and hEG cells have been demonstrated to be pluripotent (capable of forming all cells and tissues in the body) (24). Several lines of hES cells have been produced, including some that were clonally derived (25).
Many scientists think that testing pollutants and potential drugs on cells grown from human embryonic stem cells could be more accurate than current tests. This could mean that fewer animals would be killed for research and also make research faster and cheaper. However, if such experiments are to work, scientists will have to develop techniques to make sure that the cells and culture conditions remain constant; otherwise, differences between experiments could be due to factors other than the drug candidates being tested.
A new approach to aid in skin aging could be the use of defensins to activate Lgr6+ stem cells (Table 1). Unlike past treatments, defensins would only target Lgr6+ cells, as opposed to many potential targets that may be helpful but also may be deleterious or even tumorigenic in skin tissue (Figure 5B); the authors were not able to find any publications with respect of involvement of defensins in cancer-related pathways. Moreover, some tissues respond to tumor growth by enhanced expression of defensins as a natural protective immune response25. Studies also show the ability of defensins to suppress tumor growth both in vitro and in vivo26-29.  In addition, Lgr6+ cells are quiescent compared to basal stem cells and reside in the isthmus, which is not as directly exposed to UV radiation. Therefore, Lgr6+ cells would have accumulated fewer mutations and damage than basal stem cells. Thus, by activating these cells, there would be differentiation and proliferation of less damaged keratinocytes.

Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) is the world’s largest newborn stem cell company. Founded in 1992, CBR is entrusted by parents with storing samples from more than 600,000 children. CBR is dedicated to advancing the clinical application of cord blood and cord tissue stem cells by partnering with institutions to establish FDA-regulated clinical trials for conditions that have no cure today.
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are the cells of the inner cell mass of a blastocyst, an early-stage embryo.[10] Human embryos reach the blastocyst stage 4–5 days post fertilization, at which time they consist of 50–150 cells. ESCs are pluripotent and give rise during development to all derivatives of the three primary germ layers: ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm. In other words, they can develop into each of the more than 200 cell types of the adult body when given sufficient and necessary stimulation for a specific cell type. They do not contribute to the extra-embryonic membranes or the placenta.
You might be thinking, “I’m not a plant, so why would I want to use plant cells on my skin?” Thankfully, using plant stem cells won’t cause your face to sport bark or branch leaves. Instead, they can stimulate better cell turnover, leading to more youthful skin cells at the surface of the skin, according to dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban. Plant stem cells have a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, helping to protect against sun damage and prevent wrinkles, according to dermatologist Dr. Sonoa Au. There is also evidence that stem cells can promote the production of new collagen, which can also make your skin appear more youthful.
The TIME trial, which used a randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial design, concluded that "bone marrow mononuclear cells administration did not improve recovery of LV function over 2 years" in people who had a myocardial infarction.[34] Accordingly, the BOOST-2 trial conducted in 10 medical centres in Germany and Norway reported that the trial result "does not support the use of nucleated BMCs in patients with STEMI and moderately reduced LVEF".[35] Furthermore, the trial also did not meet any other secondary MRI endpoints,[36] leading to a conclusion that intracoronary bone marrow stem cell therapy does not offer a functional or clinical benefit.[37]
Have you been hearing about or seeing plant stem cells in skin care? I’ve been seeing a slew of stem cell products recently with lofty claims about what they can do for skin. But information about what they really do for skin is vague and skimpy. Given all the hype and the price premium these products command, I think it’s worth examining them more closely. Are they really doing something for skin and worth the premium they command?
Typically mouse embryonic skin cells coat the inner lining of the culture dish so they will not divide. This is called the feeder layer. This layer gives a sticky surface to the human embryonic stem cells to attach to. These feeder cells also release nutrients into the culture medium. New techniques are devised to avoid these feeder cells for the risk of viruses or other macromolecules that may be transmitted from mouse to humans.
The more you know about the causes and effects of your disease, the better armed you are to identify your best treatment options. If you have a certain type of blood cancer, for example, transplantation with blood-forming stem cells makes sense, as the treatment requires those specific cells to do exactly what they are designed to do. If you have diabetes, receiving a blood-forming stem cell treatment doesn’t make sense, because the problem is in the pancreas rather than in the blood itself. Without significant and careful manipulation in the lab, tissue-specific stem cells do not generate cell types found outside of their home tissues.
Some bone, skin and corneal (eye) injuries and diseases can be treated by grafting or implanting tissues, and the healing process relies on stem cells within this implanted tissue. These procedures are widely accepted as safe and effective by the medical community. All other applications of stem cells are yet to be proven in clinical trials and should be considered highly experimental.
If scientists can reliably direct the differentiation of embryonic stem cells into specific cell types, they may be able to use the resulting, differentiated cells to treat certain diseases in the future. Diseases that might be treated by transplanting cells generated from human embryonic stem cells include diabetes, traumatic spinal cord injury, Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, heart disease, and vision and hearing loss.
BioTime company Asterias Biotherapeutics (NYSE MKT: AST) was granted a $14.3 million Strategic Partnership Award by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to re-initiate the world’s first embryonic stem cell-based human clinical trial, for spinal cord injury. Supported by California public funds, CIRM is the largest funder of stem cell-related research and development in the world.[33]
Topical corticosteroid therapy can be used, although it is not as effective as intralesional injections. Twice-daily application of 1 mL of an intermediate-potency corticosteroid solution or lotion to the entire scalp is routinely used to supplement corticosteroid injections.16 Regimens that combine topical corticosteroid therapy with anthralin or minoxidil also can be beneficial.
Perhaps the most important potential application of human stem cells is the generation of cells and tissues that could be used for cell-based therapies. Today, donated organs and tissues are often used to replace ailing or destroyed tissue, but the need for transplantable tissues and organs far outweighs the available supply. Stem cells, directed to differentiate into specific cell types, offer the possibility of a renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
There is a lengthy, multi-step process involved in responsibly translating science into safe and effective medical treatments. During this process, scientists may discover that an approach that seemed promising in the lab, does not work in animals, or that an approach that worked in animals, does not work in humans. They may discover that a treatment effectively addresses symptoms of a disease or injury in humans, but that it carries unacceptable risks. Scientists carefully review and replicate their work, and invite their peers to do the same. This process by which science becomes medicine is often long, but it is designed to minimize patient harm and to maximize the likelihood of effectiveness. Learn more about how science becomes medicine here.
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are able to expand indefinitely, and are pluripotent. However, they are difficult to control with respect to their differentiation due to the destruction of the embryo. The role of wettability of interfaces on ESCs growth and differentiation has not been investigated well so far. In 2010, Mei fabricated the first chemically defined, feeder-free, xeno-free synthetic matrix to maintain robust self-renewal of fully dissociated human ESCs and induced pluripotent stem cells. The study showed that a moderate wettability with adsorbed vitronectin of optimal human ESC substrates could promote colony formation.
Guiding embryonic stem cells to become a particular cell type has been fraught with difficulty. Normally, stem cells growing in a developing embryo receive a carefully choreographed series of signals from the surrounding tissue. In a lab dish, researchers have to mimic those signals. Add the signals in the wrong order or the wrong dose and the developing cells may choose to remain immature—or become the wrong cell type

Re-growing hair: It is likely that the hair will grow back even without treatment. It may fall out again, though. Most patients lose their hair more than once before the disease goes away for good. Even people who lose all the hair on their scalp and body can have their hair grow back. When hair loss is widespread (lots of hair loss on the scalp and/or body), there is a greater chance that the hair will not re-grow.
a bilaterally symmetric hair loss on the posterior abdomen, inner thighs, perineum and, less consistently, ventral thorax, flanks and forelegs of cats, most commonly neutered males. The skin is usually normal and nonpruritic. The cause is unknown; sex hormone deficiency was previously believed to be responsible, but abnormal thyroid function is also suspected. Some cases are in reality self-inflicted by excessive grooming or the cat's response to unrecognized pruritus. Called also feline endocrine alopecia.
Stem cell lines grown in the lab provide scientists with the opportunity to "engineer" them for use in transplantation or treatment of diseases. For example, before scientists can use any type of tissue, organ, or cell for transplantation, they must overcome attempts by a patient's immune system to reject the transplant. In the future, scientists may be able to modify human stem cell lines in the laboratory by using gene therapy or other techniques to overcome this immune rejection. Scientists might also be able to replace damaged genes or add new genes to stem cells in order to give them characteristics that can ultimately treat diseases.
An HLA-match helps ensure the body accepts the new cell and the transplant is successful. It also reduces the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), which is when the transplanted cells attack the recipient’s body. GvHD occurs in 30%–40% of recipients when they aren’t a perfect match but the donor is still related. If the donor and recipient are not related, it increases to a 60%–80% risk. The better the match, the more likely any GvHD symptoms will be mild, if they suffer from GvHD at all. Unfortunately, GvHD can also be deadly.
"I recently celebrated my one-year baldiversary at a rooftop in downtown L.A., with family and friends last month. I had an amazing time celebrating being bald, bold, and beautiful. I hope that as our society continues to progress, we can change the standards of beauty together and learn to embrace all qualities and characteristics that make each of us unique."
The other way the body creates more cells is through its stem cells, and stem cells do things a little differently. They undergo what is called asymmetric division, forming not one but two daughter cells: one cell often an exact replica of itself, a new stem cell with a relatively clean slate, and another stem cell that is ready to turn into a specific type of cell. This trait is known as self-renewal and allows stem cells to proliferate, or reproduce rapidly.
So far, researchers have initiated just one human trial using cells derived from iPS cells. Led by ophthalmologist Masayo Takahashi at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, it aims to treat macular degeneration, but was halted in 2014 when investigators decided to simplify the procedure and use donor-derived, rather than patient-derived, stem cells. It restarted in 2017, but hit another roadblock in January, when a membrane developed in the eye of a participant and had to be surgically removed.

Putative model depicting how miR‐205 depletion may affect mammary gland development and stem cell self‐renewal during mammary reconstitution. The schematic representation of miR‐205 regulatory network: (A) miR‐205 is regulated by p63 and inhibits gene targets including Amot, Nkd1 and Ppp2r4, the negative regulators of YAP and Wnt pathway to potentially promote stem cell self‐renewal. (B) In the case of miR‐205 deletion, AMOT, NKD1 and PTPA expression is no longer repressed, leading to inhibition of YAP and the Wnt pathway, which affects stem cell self‐renewal and mammary gland morphogenesis.


Yes, doctors have performed stem cell transplants, also known as bone marrow transplants. In stem cell transplants, stem cells replace cells damaged by chemotherapy or disease or as a way for the donor's immune system to fight some types of cancer and blood-related diseases, such as leukemia. These transplants use adult stem cells or umbilical cord blood.
The more you know about the causes and effects of your disease, the better armed you are to identify your best treatment options. If you have a certain type of blood cancer, for example, transplantation with blood-forming stem cells makes sense, as the treatment requires those specific cells to do exactly what they are designed to do. If you have diabetes, receiving a blood-forming stem cell treatment doesn’t make sense, because the problem is in the pancreas rather than in the blood itself. Without significant and careful manipulation in the lab, tissue-specific stem cells do not generate cell types found outside of their home tissues.
Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics. First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity. Second, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions. In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. In other organs, however, such as the pancreas and the heart, stem cells only divide under special conditions.
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are able to expand indefinitely, and are pluripotent. However, they are difficult to control with respect to their differentiation due to the destruction of the embryo. The role of wettability of interfaces on ESCs growth and differentiation has not been investigated well so far. In 2010, Mei fabricated the first chemically defined, feeder-free, xeno-free synthetic matrix to maintain robust self-renewal of fully dissociated human ESCs and induced pluripotent stem cells. The study showed that a moderate wettability with adsorbed vitronectin of optimal human ESC substrates could promote colony formation.
In 2008, for example, Kevin Eggan at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, produced iPS cell lines from people with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). From previous work with ES cells, Eggan knew how to coax pluripotent cells into becoming motor neurons, the brain cells affected by the disease. When he did the same with patient-derived iPS cells, he was able to quickly compare the two types of cell. Cells from patients fired much more than their counterparts from people without the disease15. “We took advantage of all the work we had done with ES cells to understand motor neurons,” says Eggan. Now, an anti-seizure medicine that quieted iPS cells made from patients is being tested in humans. Results are expected in the next two months.
"I stopped all perms and relaxers because I thought that could have contributed to me losing my hair. How could I not be a teenage girl who just lost her mother a few years prior and not stress about losing my hair!?! I found cunning ways to cover it up. By the time I graduated high school, I went between burning my hair with flat irons that couldn’t handle the texture of my hair and eventually gave up and went all natural with the occasional dye job. While my friends thought I was just being cool going natural, my bald spots were getting larger and harder to hide.
David Parke, chief executive of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, warns consumers to be very careful “if someone says they are involved in research trial and asks you for money.” The FDA urges patients to ask stem cell practitioners whether their treatments have been approved by the agency or are being studied under an investigational new-drug application, which is a plan submitted to the agency and reviewed for safety.
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The use of embryonic and adult-derived stem cells for cardiac repair is an active area of research. A number of stem cell types, including embryonic stem (ES) cells, cardiac stem cells that naturally reside within the heart, myoblasts (muscle stem cells), adult bone marrow-derived cells including mesenchymal cells (bone marrow-derived cells that give rise to tissues such as muscle, bone, tendons, ligaments, and adipose tissue), endothelial progenitor cells (cells that give rise to the endothelium, the interior lining of blood vessels), and umbilical cord blood cells, have been investigated as possible sources for regenerating damaged heart tissue. All have been explored in mouse or rat models, and some have been tested in larger animal models, such as pigs.
Alopecia areata appears to also have an autoimmune factor causing the patient to develop antibodies to different hair follicle structures. Certain chemicals that are a part of the immune system called cytokines may play a role in alopecia areata by inhibiting hair follicle growth. Some studies show that emotional stress may also cause alopecia areata.

When an embryo contains about eight cells, the stem cells are totipotent - they can develop into all cell types. At three to five days, the embryo develops into a ball of cells called a blastocyst. A blastocyst contains about 100 cells total and the stem cells are inside. At this stage, the stem cells are pluripotent - they can develop into almost any cell type.
This study showed that sex‐determining region Y‐box 2 (SOX2) activation using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/deactivated CRISPR‐associated protein 9 (dCas9) system promoted wound healing in corneal endothelial cells, covering the inner surface of the cornea and restoring its function and the shape, thereby reducing corneal edema and making it transparent. SOX2 activation using the CRISPR/dCas9 system may thus be useful for the treatment of human corneal endothelial cell diseases.
ES cells use a different strategy to deal with DSBs.[21] Because ES cells give rise to all of the cell types of an organism including the cells of the germ line, mutations arising in ES cells due to faulty DNA repair are a more serious problem than in differentiated somatic cells. Consequently, robust mechanisms are needed in ES cells to repair DNA damages accurately, and if repair fails, to remove those cells with un-repaired DNA damages. Thus, mouse ES cells predominantly use high fidelity homologous recombinational repair (HRR) to repair DSBs.[21] This type of repair depends on the interaction of the two sister chromosomes formed during S phase and present together during the G2 phase of the cell cycle. HRR can accurately repair DSBs in one sister chromosome by using intact information from the other sister chromosome. Cells in the G1 phase of the cell cycle (i.e. after metaphase/cell division but prior the next round of replication) have only one copy of each chromosome (i.e. sister chromosomes aren’t present). Mouse ES cells lack a G1 checkpoint and do not undergo cell cycle arrest upon acquiring DNA damage.[22] Rather they undergo programmed cell death (apoptosis) in response to DNA damage.[23] Apoptosis can be used as a fail-safe strategy to remove cells with un-repaired DNA damages in order to avoid mutation and progression to cancer.[24] Consistent with this strategy, mouse ES stem cells have a mutation frequency about 100-fold lower than that of isogenic mouse somatic cells.[25]
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