Volume 15.31 | Aug 11

Issue 15.31 August 11, 2014
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Dramatic Growth of Grafted Stem Cells in Rat Spinal Cord Injuries
Building upon previous research, scientists report that neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells and grafted into rats after a spinal cord injury produced cells with tens of thousands of axons extending virtually the entire length of the animals’ central nervous system. [Press release from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine discussing online prepublication in Neuron] Press Release | Abstract | Video Abstract
Directed Differentiation of Pluripotent Stem Cells - A Cell Stem Cell Poster
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Transplantation Outcomes for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, 2000-2009
The Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium was formed to analyze the results of hematopoietic-cell transplantation in children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and other primary immunodeficiencies. Researchers collected data retrospectively from 240 infants with SCID who had received transplants at 25 centers during a ten-year period. [N Engl J Med] Abstract | Press Release

Gene Therapy Enhances Chemotherapy Tolerance and Efficacy in Glioblastoma Patients
Investigators conducted a prospective clinical trial to test whether gene therapy to confer O6-benzylguanine resistance in hematopoietic stem cells improves chemotherapy tolerance and outcome. [J Clin Invest]
Full Article | Press Release

Effects of Transendocardial CD34+ Cell Transplantation in Patients with Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
Scientists enrolled 33 patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy with New York Heart Association class III and left ventricular ejection fraction less than 40%. In Phase I, patients were treated with medical therapy for six months. Thereafter, all patients underwent transendocardial CD34+ cell transplantation. [Circ Cardiovasc Interv] Abstract

Supramolecular Hydrogels for Long-Term Bioengineered Stem Cell Therapy
In situ supramolecularly assembled and modularly modified hydrogels for long-term engineered mesenchymal stem cell therapy are reported using cucurbit[6]uril-conjugated (CB[6]) hyaluronic acid (HA), diaminohexane conjugated HA, and drug-conjugated CB[6]. [Adv Healthc Mater] Abstract

Regeneration of Uterine Horns in Rats Using Collagen Scaffolds Loaded with Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Endometrium-Like Cells
Investigators established the uterine full-thickness-injury rat models to test cell function in vivo. Human embryonic stem cell-derived cells were dropped onto collagen scaffolds and transplanted into the animal model. [Tissue Eng Part A] Abstract

Intra-Arterial Immunoselected CD34+ Stem Cells for Acute Ischemic Stroke
Researchers performed a prospective, nonrandomized, open-label, Phase I study of autologous, immunoselected CD34+ stem/progenitor cell therapy in patients presenting within seven days of onset with severe anterior circulation ischemic stroke. [Stem Cells Transl Med] Abstract | Press Release

Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Derived Hepatocyte-Like Cells Exhibit Similar Therapeutic Effects on an Acute Liver Failure Mouse Model
Investigators used a D-galactosamine plus lipopolysaccharide-induced acute liver failure mouse model, which caused death of about 50% of the mice with necrosis of more than 50% hepatocytes, to compare the therapeutic effects of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells before and after induction of differentiation into hepatocyte. [PLoS One] Full Article

Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation with Umbilical Cord-Derived Multipotent Mesenchymal Cell Infusion for the Treatment of High-Risk Acute Leukemia in Children
Twenty-five children with high-risk acute leukemia have received haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation with co-transfusion of umbilical cord multipotent mesenchymal cells. [Leuk Lymphoma] Abstract

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Airway Tissue Engineering: An Update
Advances in stem cell technology, biomaterials and growth factor interactions have been instrumental in guiding optimization of tissue-engineered airways, leading to several first-in-man studies investigating stem cell-based tissue-engineered tracheal transplants in patients. The authors summarize current progress, outstanding research questions, as well as future directions within the field. [Expert Opin Biol Ther] Abstract

A Systematic Review of Preclinical Studies on the Therapeutic Potential of Mesenchymal Stromal Cell-Derived Microvesicles
A systematic review of controlled interventional animal studies was performed to identify models of organ injury where clinical translation of mesenchymal stromal cell-derived microvesicle therapy appears most promising as regenerative therapy. [Stem Cell Rev] Abstract

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3rd Annual Cell Culture & Bioprocessing Congress
Cytori Provides Update on ATHENA Trial Status
Cytori Therapeutics has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold and therefore anticipates that it will not be possible to complete enrollment of the ATHENA I trial prior to the end of 2014 as previously anticipated. [Cytori Therapeutics] Press Release

Quark Pharmaceuticals Reports Favorable Results from Phase II Clinical Trial Evaluating Investigational siRNA QPI-1002
Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reported data from a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled multicenter Phase II clinical trial of QPI-1002, a synthetic chemically modified siRNA acting to reduce p53 RNA and protein levels, for the prophylaxis of delayed graft function in deceased donor kidney transplant patients. [Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc.] Press Release

DGTI 2014 ATMP Workshop
Patent or Perish? Jeers Greet Proposal to Tie Australia’s Academic Science Funding to Patents
A senior minister’s suggestion that the Australian government may consider tying science funding for universities to the number of patents they generate is drawing a sharp reaction from the nation’s academic research community and some opposition politicians. [ScienceInsider] Editorial

Dissections Banned in Indian Universities
A long campaign to persuade Indian authorities to bar dissections in university classes has achieved a major victory. The University Grants Commission, a governmental body that sets standards for university education in India, has banned the dissection of animals in zoology and life science university courses. [ScienceInsider] Editorial

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Roche to Acquire Santaris Pharma to Expand Discovery and Development of RNA-Targeting Medicines
Roche announced that it has agreed to acquire Santaris Pharma. Santaris Pharma has pioneered its proprietary Locked Nucleic Acid platform that has contributed to an emerging era of RNA-targeting therapeutics. [F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.] Press Release

Cesca Therapeutics and Fortis Healthcare Announce Master Collaboration Agreement
Cesca Therapeutics and Fortis Healthcare Limited announced a master collaboration agreement that extends their important existing relationship. The agreement affirms Cesca’s cellular therapy and cord blood bank at the Fortis Hospital Memorial Research Institute, renews the cord blood banking collaboration and launches the stem cell therapy services for hematological diseases across the Fortis network. [Cesca Therapeutics Inc.] Press Release

Cynata Contracts University of Wisconsin – Madison to Advance Cymerus™ Stem Cell Product Development
Cynata Therapeutics Ltd. announced that it has signed an agreement with the University of Wisconsin – Madison to develop a novel approach for preserving cell therapy products to enhance their shelf life and convenience. [Cynata Therapeutics Ltd.] Press Release

FDA Modifies Tekmira’s TKM-Ebola Clinical Hold to Partial Hold
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a leading developer of RNA interference therapeutics, announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on the TKM-Ebola Investigational New Drug Application to a partial clinical hold. [Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation] Press Release

Celladon Announces Initiation of Clinical Trial to Investigate MYDICAR in Patients with Heart Failure and a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
Celladon Corporation announced that the first patient has been dosed in a clinical trial titled “Investigation of the Safety and Feasibility of AAV1/SERCA2a Gene Transfer in Patients with Heart Failure and a LVAD,” which is designed to assess the potential utility of MYDICAR in advanced heart failure patients whose hearts are being supported by LVADs. [Celladon Corporation] Press Release

AMNIOX® Medical Announces Initiation of Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Study of Chronic Wounds
Amniox Medical, Inc., a developer and marketer of restorative therapies processed from amniotic membrane and umbilical cord, announced the initiation of a randomized, controlled clinical trial of its proprietary product in patients with chronic wounds. [Amniox Medical, Inc. (Business Wire)] Press Release

Alnylam Receives Orphan Drug Designations in the European Union for ALN-AT3, an RNAi Therapeutic in Development for the Treatment of Hemophilia
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the European Medicines Agency Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has granted Orphan Drug Designations for ALN-AT3 as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of hemophilia A and hemophilia B. [Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.] Press Release

TapImmune’s New Clinical Trial in Advanced Stage Ovarian Cancer Expands the Use of Folate Receptor Alpha Peptide Antigens
TapImmune Inc. announced that a new grant funded Phase I clinical study on the safety and Immunogenicity of folate receptor alpha peptide vaccine in patients with advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancer has started at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. [TapImmune Inc. (Business Wire)] Press Release

Cedars-Sinai Immunotherapy Expert Honored for Work in Kidney Transplantation
Ashley Anh Vo, PharmD, administrative director of the Transplant Immunotherapy Program at the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai, has been named the 2014 Clinician of Distinction by the American Society of Transplantation for her work in developing anti-rejection drug protocols for patients. [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (EurekAlert!)] Press Release
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Notice of Closed Meetings (FR Doc No: 2014-18244)
Recall of AbSorber XM-ONE Transplantation Cross Match, ABX100-03
Food and Drug Administration (United States)

In Vitro Companion Diagnostic Devices; Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff; Availability (FR Doc. No: 2014-18538)

Draft Guidance for Industry on Reference Product Exclusivity for Biological Products Filed Under Section 351(a) of the Public Health Service Act; Availability (FR Doc. No: 2014-18169)
NEW New York Stem Cell Foundation 9th Annual Gala and Science Fair
October 14, 2014
New York City, United States

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