Therapeutic benefits of synthetic cardiac stem cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University have developed a synthetic version of a cardiac stem cell. These synthetic stem cells offer therapeutic benefits comparable to those from natural stem cells and could reduce some of the risks associated with stem… Continue reading Therapeutic benefits of synthetic cardiac stem cells

Harmine, substance in ayahuasca brew promotes neural progenitor cell proliferation.

Ayahuasca is a beverage that has been used for centuries by Native South-Americans. Studies suggest that it exhibits anxiolytic and antidepressant effects in humans. One of the main substances present in the beverage is harmine, a beta-carboline which potential therapeutic effects for depression has been recently described in mice. “It has been shown in rodents… Continue reading Harmine, substance in ayahuasca brew promotes neural progenitor cell proliferation.

Research shows meninges contain neural progenitor stem cells

In a cross-domain study directed by professor Peter Carmeliet, researchers discovered unexpected cells in the protective membranes that enclose the brain, the so-called meninges. These ‘neural progenitors’ – or stem cells that differentiate into different kinds of neurons – are produced during embryonic development. These findings show that the neural progenitors found in the meninges… Continue reading Research shows meninges contain neural progenitor stem cells

Bone marrow derived stem cell therapy shown to reduce inflammation in traumatic brain injury

Results of a cellular therapy clinical trial for traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a patient’s own stem cells showed that the therapy appears to dampen the body’s neuroinflammatory response to trauma and preserve brain tissue, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The results, which also confirmed safety… Continue reading Bone marrow derived stem cell therapy shown to reduce inflammation in traumatic brain injury

Researchers used stem cells to make new cartilage and repair damaged joints

Columbia College of Dental Medicine researchers have identified stem cells that can make new cartilage and repair damaged joints. The cells reside within the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which articulates the jaw bone to the skull. When the stem cells were manipulated in animals with TMJ degeneration, the cells repaired cartilage in the joint. A single… Continue reading Researchers used stem cells to make new cartilage and repair damaged joints