Tag Archives: Kyoto University

From Stem Cells to Lung Cells

Bronchi, bronchial tree, and lungs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you grow stem cells into lungs? The question has puzzled scientists for years. First you need the right recipe, and it took BU researchers Darrell Kotton, Tyler Longmire, and Laertis Ikonomou seven years of trial and error and painstaking science to come up with it. “A lot had to happen to make a lung,” says Kotton. “It was a little more complicated than Julia Child’s ‘heat, eat, bon appetit.’”

Kotton is a School of Medicine associate professor of medicine and pathology and codirector of the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM),
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Stem cells reduce Parkinson’s symptoms

Japanese researchers have been able to improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in monkeys by transplanting nerve cells derived from embryonic stem cells into their brains, the team has announced.

The finding is the world’s first reported success of its kind with a primate, according to the research team led by Associate Prof. Jun Takahashi of Kyoto University‘s Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences. It has been released in the online edition of U.S. journal Stem Cells.

After the transplant, the monkeys, which had been almost unable to move, showed improvements in their symptoms to the point where they became able to
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New kidney tissues from stem cells

Researchers in Japan said on Wednesday they have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time in a potential breakthrough for millions with damaged organs who are dependent on dialysis.

Kidneys have a complex structure that is not easily repaired once damaged, but the latest findings put scientists on the road to helping a diseased or distressed organ fix itself.

Kenji Osafune of Kyoto University said his team had managed to take stem cells — the “blank slates” capable of being programmed to become any kind of cell in the body — and nudge them specifically
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Al Gore on board for $20M stem cell venture

Al Gore (via last.fm)

Former Vice President Al Gore Endorses Trans-Pacific Collaboration to Promote Use of Patient Cells for Drug Discovery and Development and Cell-Based Therapies iZumi Bio, Inc., and Kyoto University‘s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), today announced a collaboration to promote the basic research, development and application of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology – a form of cellular reprogramming which originated in Japan – with the goal of advancing drug discovery and enabling cell-based therapies.

“Stem cell research holds great promise for the creation of new therapies that could revolutionize the treatment of disorders such
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ASIA – Prevention against false treatments with stem cells

All over the world there are desperate patients looking for institutions that promise to heal them with stem cells. But the treatments that are promised must be controlled and regulated, said two scholars in Science magazine. Today, recognized treatments with stem cells involve blood diseases or immune system defects, wrote the Thai researcher Sorapop Kiatpongsan and his Japanese colleague Douglas Sipp. In reality, many other treatments have been offered without proof of their effectiveness.

For example, treatments are being offered to cure heart disease, autism, Down’s syndrome, and epilepsy. These treatments are ineffective and are mainly
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