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Journal of Translational Medicine

Cell, tissue and gene therapy

Section edited by David Stroncek

This section aims to improve communication between basic and clinical research related to cell, tissue and gene therapies. Effective clinical therapies require efficient translation of research between the bench and bedside to allow the discovery, development, scale up, and production of cells, tissues and vectors. These therapies are being used to treat patients with a range of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune disorders.

Studies considered for publication include those regarding the nature of cells, tissues and vectors used in clinical therapies; methods to collect, isolate and modify cells; and novel reagents, equipment, and instruments used in production. The section also welcomes research into the application of clinical therapies; factors that effect the safety and efficacy; in particular the potency, stability and purity of cells or tissue; and issues related to the safety of cell and tissue donors.

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  1. Content type: Research

    Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) have classically been cultured in media supplemented with fetal bovine serum (FBS). As an alternative to FBS, pooled solvent detergent apheresis platelets, HPGF-C18, was evalu...

    Authors: Jiaqiang Ren, Dawn Ward, Steven Chen, Katherine Tran, Ping Jin, Marianna Sabatino, Pamela G. Robey and David F. Stroncek

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2018 16:65

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  2. Content type: Research

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness among the elderly characterized by retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) degeneration with accumulation of abnormal intracellular deposits (lip...

    Authors: George Inana, Christopher Murat, Weijun An, Xiang Yao, Ian R. Harris and Jing Cao

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2018 16:63

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  3. Content type: Research

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressively debilitating neurological condition in which the immune system abnormally erodes the myelin sheath insulating the nerves. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been used ...

    Authors: Neil H. Riordan, Isabela Morales, Giselle Fernández, Nicole Allen, Neal E. Fearnot, Michael E. Leckrone, Dedra Jones Markovich, Darla Mansfield, Dorita Avila, Amit N. Patel, Santosh Kesari and Jorge Paz Rodriguez

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2018 16:57

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  4. Content type: Research

    Kidneys from deceased donors are being used to meet the growing need for grafts. However, delayed graft function (DGF) and acute rejection incidences are high, leading to adverse effects on graft outcomes. Opt...

    Authors: Qipeng Sun, Zhengyu Huang, Fei Han, Ming Zhao, Ronghua Cao, Daqiang Zhao, Liangqing Hong, Ning Na, Heng Li, Bin Miao, Jianmin Hu, Fanhang Meng, Yanwen Peng and Qiquan Sun

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2018 16:52

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  5. Content type: Research

    Cell therapies are being investigated as potential disease modifying treatment options for osteoarthritis (OA). Progenza (PRG) comprises in vitro expanded mesenchymal stem cells derived from human donor adipos...

    Authors: D. Kuah, S. Sivell, T. Longworth, K. James, A. Guermazi, F. Cicuttini, Y. Wang, S. Craig, G. Comin, D. Robinson and J. Wilson

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2018 16:49

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  6. Content type: Research

    The role of transforming growth factorβ (TGF-β)-induced tumor progression in advanced malignancy is well established, but the involvement of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in TGF-β signaling remains unclear. T...

    Authors: Teng Huang, Wei Huang, Hong Lu, Bi-yun Zhang, Jun Ma, Di Zhao, Yi-jun Wang, Da-hai Yu and Xia He

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2018 16:46

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  7. Content type: Review

    Critical tissue defects frequently result from trauma, burns, chronic wounds and/or surgery. The ideal treatment for such tissue loss is autografting, but donor sites are often limited. Tissue engineering (TE)...

    Authors: Pan Wu, Haojiao Chen, Ronghua Jin, Tingting Weng, Jon Kee Ho, Chuangang You, Liping Zhang, Xingang Wang and Chunmao Han

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2018 16:29

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  8. Content type: Methodology

    We have recently shown that memory B cells from murine CMV immune donor animals adoptively transferred into immunodeficient mice were highly effective in protecting from a viral infection indicating a therapeu...

    Authors: Hannes Tittlbach, Andrea Schneider, Julian Strobel, Robert Zimmermann, Stefanie Maas, Bernd Gebhardt, Georg Rauser, Michael Mach, Andreas Mackensen, Thomas H. Winkler and Julia Winkler

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:228

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  9. Content type: Research

    Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common cause of lower back pain with radicular symptoms and has a significant socioeconomic impact given the associated disability. Limited effective conservative therapeut...

    Authors: Christopher Centeno, Jason Markle, Ehren Dodson, Ian Stemper, Christopher J. Williams, Matthew Hyzy, Thomas Ichim and Michael Freeman

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:197

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  10. Content type: Research

    Neurotrophins (NT) belongs to a family of growth factors which promotes neurons survival and differentiation. Increasing evidence show that NT and their receptor are expressed in lung tissues suggesting a poss...

    Authors: Emanuela Cherubini, Salvatore Mariotta, Davide Scozzi, Rita Mancini, Giorgia Osman, Michela D’Ascanio, Pierdonato Bruno, Giuseppe Cardillo and Alberto Ricci

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:196

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  11. Content type: Review

    This review based on translational research predicts that the transcription factor p53 is the key effector of all anti-acne therapies. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and isotretinoin (13-cis retinoic acid) enhanc...

    Authors: Bodo C. Melnik

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:195

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  12. Content type: Review

    Reduced levels of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) counts have been reported in diabetic mellitus (DM) patients and other diabetes-related disorder. EPCs are a circulating, bone marrow-derived cell populati...

    Authors: Rashmi K. Ambasta, Harleen Kohli and Pravir Kumar

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:185

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  13. Content type: Research

    In humans, the heterochronic cascade composed of the RNA-binding protein LIN28 and its major target, the let-7 family of microRNAs (miRNAs), is highly regulated during human erythroid ontogeny. Additionally, down...

    Authors: Jaira F. de Vasconcellos, Colleen Byrnes, Y. Terry Lee, Joshua M. Allwardt, Megha Kaushal, Antoinette Rabel and Jeffery L. Miller

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:169

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  14. Content type: Review

    Cardiovascular disease remains a major health care challenge. The knowledge about the underlying mechanisms of the respective vascular disease etiologies has greatly expanded over the last decades. This includ...

    Authors: Christoph S. Nabzdyk, Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk and Frank W. LoGerfo

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:164

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  15. Content type: Research

    In an attempt to increase the therapeutic potential for myocardial regeneration, there is a quest for new cell sources and types for cell therapy protocols. The pathophysiology of heart diseases may affect cel...

    Authors: Lucinara Dadda Dias, Karina Rabello Casali, Carine Ghem, Melissa Kristocheck da Silva, Grasiele Sausen, Patrícia Bonini Palma, Dimas Tadeu Covas, Renato A. K. Kalil, Beatriz D. Schaan, Nance Beyer Nardi and Melissa Medeiros Markoski

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:161

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  16. Content type: Research

    Stromal vascular fraction (SVF) can easily be obtained from a mini-lipoaspirate procedure of fat tissue and platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be obtained from peripheral blood. We evaluated the safety and prelimi...

    Authors: Himanshu Bansal, Kristin Comella, Jerry Leon, Poonam Verma, Diwaker Agrawal, Prasad Koka and Thomas Ichim

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:141

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  17. Content type: Research

    Cell-based therapy is being explored as an alternative treatment option for critical limb ischemia (CLI), a disease associated with high amputation and mortality rates and poor quality of life. However, therap...

    Authors: Adas Darinskas, Mindaugas Paskevicius, Gintaras Apanavicius, Gintaris Vilkevicius, Liutauras Labanauskas, Thomas E. Ichim and Rytis Rimdeika

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:143

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  18. Content type: Research

    Children with congenital heart defects (CHDs) are at high risk for myocardial failure after operative procedures with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Recent studies suggest that microRNAs (miRNA) are involved in...

    Authors: Masood Abu-Halima, Martin Poryo, Nicole Ludwig, Janine Mark, Ina Marsollek, Christian Giebels, Johannes Petersen, Hans-Joachim Schäfers, Ulrich Grundmann, Thomas Pickardt, Andreas Keller, Eckart Meese and Hashim Abdul-Khaliq

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:117

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  19. Content type: Research

    Numerous studies have investigated the role of the dietary factors in the prevention of cognitive decline but the short-term effects of foods choice on cognitive performances in the elderly are poorly explored...

    Authors: Elisa Mazza, Antonietta Fava, Yvelise Ferro, Marta Moraca, Stefania Rotundo, Carmela Colica, Francesco Provenzano, Rosa Terracciano, Marta Greco, Daniela Foti, Elio Gulletta, Diego Russo, Domenico Bosco, Arturo Pujia and Tiziana Montalcini

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2017 15:109

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