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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.

Featured articles

A therapeutic cancer vaccine against GL261 murine glioma
Mark S. Kindy, et al



Endothelium-targeted human Delta-like 1 enhances the regeneration and homing of human cord blood stem and progenitor cells
Deng-Mei Tian, Ying-Min Liang and Yong-Qing Zhang


Obesity inhibits the osteogenic differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells
Amy L. Strong, et al

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  1. Content type: Research

    The ability to expand virus- or tumor-specific T cells without damaging their functional capabilities is critical for success adoptive transfer immunotherapy of patients with opportunistic infection or tumor. ...

    Authors: Yixin Li and Roger J Kurlander

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:104

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    We investigated whether early combined autologous adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cell (ADMSC) and sildenafil therapy offers an additive benefit in preserving heart function in rat dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

    Authors: Yu-Chun Lin, Steve Leu, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Chia-Hung Yen, Ying-Hsien Kao, Li-Teh Chang, Tzu-Hsien Tsai, Sarah Chua, Morgan Fu, Sheung-Fat Ko, Chiung-Jen Wu, Fan-Yen Lee and Hon-Kan Yip

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:88

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    The current paradigm for cord blood transplantation is that HLA matching and immune suppression are strictly required to prevent graft versus host disease (GVHD). Immunological arguments and historical example...

    Authors: Wan-Zhang Yang, Yun Zhang, Fang Wu, Wei-Ping Min, Boris Minev, Min Zhang, Xiao-Ling Luo, Famela Ramos, Thomas E Ichim, Neil H Riordan and Xiang Hu

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:75

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    The therapeutic effect of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) on brain infarction area (BIA) and neurological status in a rat model of acute ischemic stroke (IS) was investigated.

    Authors: Steve Leu, Yu-Chun Lin, Chun-Man Yuen, Chia-Hung Yen, Ying-Hsien Kao, Cheuk-Kwan Sun and Hon-Kan Yip

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:63

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    This manuscript reports the production and preclinical studies to examine the tolerance and efficacy of an autologous cellular gel-matrix integrated implant system (IIS) aimed to treat full-thickness skin lesi...

    Authors: Caroline R Weinstein-Oppenheimer, Alexis R Aceituno, Donald I Brown, Cristian Acevedo, Ricardo Ceriani, Miguel A Fuentes, Fernando Albornoz, Carlos F Henríquez-Roldán, Patricio Morales, Claudio Maclean, Sergio M Tapia and Manuel E Young

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:59

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    While adjuvant immunotherapy with Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) is effective in non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (BC), adverse events (AEs) are considerable. Monocyte-derived activated killer cells (MAK) are...

    Authors: Maximilian Burger, Nicolas Thiounn, Stefan Denzinger, Jozsef Kondas, Gerard Benoit, Manuel S Chapado, Fernando J Jimenz-Cruz, Laszlo Kisbenedek, Zoltán Szabo, Domján Zsolt, Marc O Grimm, Imre Romics, Joachim W Thüroff, Tamas Kiss, Bertrand Tombal, Manfred Wirth…

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:54

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    Antigen processing by dendritic cells (DC) exposed to specific stimuli has been well characterized in biological studies. Nonetheless, the question of whether autologous whole tumor lysates (as used in clinica...

    Authors: Laura Fiammenghi, Valentina Ancarani, Tilman Rosales, Jay R Knutson, Massimiliano Petrini, Anna Maria Granato, Elena Pancisi, Laura Ridolfi, Ruggero Ridolfi, Angela Riccobon and Paolo Neyroz

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:52

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  8. Content type: Research

    MicroRNAs are highly conserved, noncoding RNAs involved in post-transcriptional gene silencing. They have been shown to participate in a wide range of biological processes, including myogenesis and muscle rege...

    Authors: Stefano Gambardella, Fabrizio Rinaldi, Saverio M Lepore, Antonella Viola, Emanuele Loro, Corrado Angelini, Lodovica Vergani, Giuseppe Novelli and Annalisa Botta

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:48

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    NSC-741909 is a novel anticancer agent that can effectively suppress the growth of several cell lines derived from lung, colon, breast, ovarian, and kidney cancers. We recently showed that NSC-741909-induced a...

    Authors: Xiaoli Wei, Wei Guo, Shuhong Wu, Li Wang, Peng Huang, Jinsong Liu and Bingliang Fang

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:37

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  10. Content type: Research

    The medical significance of circulating endothelial or hematopoietic progenitors is becoming increasing recognized. While therapeutic augmentation of circulating progenitor cells using G-CSF has resulted in pr...

    Authors: Nina A Mikirova, James A Jackson, Ron Hunninghake, Julian Kenyon, Kyle WH Chan, Cathy A Swindlehurst, Boris Minev, Amit N Patel, Michael P Murphy, Leonard Smith, Famela Ramos, Thomas E Ichim and Neil H Riordan

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:34

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    In damaged organs tissue repair and replacement of cells by connective tissue provokes a response of fibroblasts to cellular stress factors such as hypoxia.

    Authors: Michaela Muth, Katharina Theophile, Kais Hussein, Christoph Jacobi, Hans Kreipe and Oliver Bock

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:33

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  12. Content type: Research

    Human stem cells from adult sources have been shown to contribute to the regeneration of muscle, liver, heart, and vasculature. The mechanisms by which this is accomplished are, however, still not well underst...

    Authors: Claus S Sondergaard, David A Hess, Dustin J Maxwell, Carla Weinheimer, Ivana Rosová, Michael H Creer, David Piwnica-Worms, Attila Kovacs, Lene Pedersen and Jan A Nolta

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:24

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  13. Content type: Review

    The medical use of low level laser (LLL) irradiation has been occurring for decades, primarily in the area of tissue healing and inflammatory conditions. Despite little mechanistic knowledge, the concept of a ...

    Authors: Feng Lin, Steven F Josephs, Doru T Alexandrescu, Famela Ramos, Vladimir Bogin, Vincent Gammill, Constantin A Dasanu, Rosalia De Necochea-Campion, Amit N Patel, Ewa Carrier and David R Koos

    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2010 8:16

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