The results of a clinical trial using bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) to treat late-stage knee osteoarthritis were published recently, and they came back positive. The trial included both phase 1 and 2 and was designed to determine the safety and efficacy of MSC stem cell therapy. A battery of tests During the trial,…

The March Journal Club hosted by Dr. Oliver Medvedik focused on a recent study that showed transplanting the bone marrow of young laboratory mice into old mice prevented cognitive decline in the old mice, preserving their memory and learning abilities. These findings support the idea that cognitive decline is in part due to the aging of blood cells,…

The March Journal Club hosted by Dr. Oliver Medvedik will focus on this recent study that showed transplanting the bone marrow of young laboratory mice into old mice prevented cognitive decline in the old mice, preserving their memory and learning abilities. These findings support the idea that cognitive decline is in part due to the aging of…

Researchers from the University of Luxembourg and the German Cancer Research Center have rejuvenated stem cells in the brains of old mice. The rejuvenated stem cells appear to improve regeneration in areas of damaged or diseased brain tissue. A new way to model stem cells A new study that was published in the journal Cell…

Researchers at UC San Francisco have taken science a step closer to creating stem cells that are effectively “invisible” to the immune system. This may ultimately lead to the production of “off-the-shelf” stem cell therapies that do not need to be patient matched. The immune system is a double-edged sword One of the big challenges…

A number of therapies that directly target the aging processes are currently in human trials and could change medicine significantly in the next decade if the results are positive. What is aging? Aging is basically the accumulation of damage and errors caused by a collection of varied processes that harm the functions of the body…

Today, we want to highlight results from human trials in which stem cell transplants have been shown to reduce age-related frailty. Age-related frailty and stem cell transplants Currently, there are no specific approved therapies to address age-related frailty, which can cause elderly people to suffer potentially fatal falls and injuries. There has been considerable interest…

In a world first, a patient with Parkinson’s disease has undergone transplant therapy, which uses reprogrammed stem cells to replace neurons destroyed by the disease. Stem cell therapy is part of the toolkit The stem cell field is an area of science that is relatively well funded and, out of all the branches of medical…

Thanks to a new technique, researchers from the Salk Institute’s Gage laboratory have shown that impaired energy production might be a reason why human brains are susceptible to age-related diseases in the first place [1]. In particular, Salk scientists observed that induced neurons (iNs) obtained from fibroblasts of older individuals had dysfunctional mitochondria and therefore…

Stem cells supply the specialized cells that make up our tissues and organs; every time existing cells are lost for whatever reason, stem cells that can differentiate into that particular type of cell jump into action to compensate for the loss. However, this ability declines over time as aging progresses; indeed, stem cell exhaustion is…

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