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Turning skin cells into blood vessel cells while keeping them young

April 6, 2017 - by Sharon Parmet Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a molecular switch that converts skin cells into cells that make up blood vessels, which could ultimately be used to repair damaged vessels in patients with heart disease or to engineer new vasculature in the lab. The technique, which

Missouri Researchers Join Hunt For One Of Medicine’s Elusive Quarries: Artificial Blood

By ALEX SMITH • APR 5, 2017 Former railroad worker Johnnie Matz has been donating blood, platelets and plasma at the Community Blood Center in Kansas City for 45 years. ALEX SMITH / KCUR 89.3 Medical researchers have made a lot of progress developing artificial versions of organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys, but

Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells

Press release issued: 24 March 2017 Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells. The team, from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, were able to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient scale than was previously possible. The results, published in

UCSF researchers find key to ‘tired’ blood and immune systems

Aging of Blood-Forming Stem Cells Is Linked to Defect in Cellular Recycling Process By Jeff Norris on March 02, 2017 A molecular key to aging of the blood and immune system has been discovered in new research conducted at UC San Francisco, raising hope that it may be possible to find a way to slow

New Drug Could Help Prevent Artery Disease in High-risk Patients

A recent study by researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine has shown that a protein inhibitor drug prevents these blockages, and could be a new therapeutic approach to prevent heart attack, stroke and other diseases caused by blocked blood vessels. Dec. 21, 2016- According to the American Heart Association, approximately 2,200 Americans

Scientists find culprit responsible for calcified blood vessels in kidney disease

Stem cell finding informs research to prevent hardening of arteries By Julia Evangelou Strait September 8, 2016 A new study indicates that stem cells called Gli1 cells (shown in red) are responsible for depositing calcium in the arteries, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis. Over time, the condition can lead to cardiovascular disease and is especially

Blood-forming stem cells likely hold the key to curing many types of disease

Science Friday July 20, 2016 · 7:45 AM EDT By Adam Wernick Researchers at Stanford are reviving a technique that can use uncontaminated, blood-forming stem cells to treat a patient with cancer, autoimmune deficiency and other diseases. Beginning in the 1960s, hematopoietic, or blood-forming, stem cells became the basis for bone marrow transplants used to treat cancer patients. Then, in the 1980s and

Genetic error that increases risk of aortic rupture identified

Study sheds light on unexplained enlargement, weakening of aorta By Julia Evangelou Strait July 18, 2016 In young people, aortic aneurysms are most often caused by an inherited condition,such as Marfan syndrome. Standard genetic tests often pinpoint the reason for inheritedaortic disease, but some cases remain medical mysteries. A new study adds lysyl oxidaseto the

Body’s Own Gene Editing System Generates Leukemia Stem Cells

Inhibiting the editing enzyme may provide a new therapeutic approach for blood cancers June 09, 2016  |  Heather Buschman, PhD, UCSan Diego Health Cancer stem cells are like zombies — even after a tumor is destroyed, they can keep coming back. These cells have an unlimited capacity to regenerate themselves, making more cancer stem cells and

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Making bone marrow transplants safer

New approach would use antibodies rather than radiation and chemotherapy June 7, 2016 | Editor's Pick Popular  By Hannah L. Robbins, Harvard Stem Cell Institute B.D. Colen/Harvard Stem Cell Institute Communications Rahul Palchaudhuri (left), postdoctoral fellow, and David Scadden, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, look at real-time images of blood stem cells settling