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Stem cell therapy for inflammatory bowel disease


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) could be curable by “immune rest” and correction of the genetic predisposition inherent in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. However, balancing risks against benefits remains challenging. The application of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) serving as a site-regulated “drugstore” is a recent concept, which suggests the possibility of an alternative treatment for many intractable diseases such as IBD. Depending on the required function of MSC, such as a cell provider, immune moderator,…

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Meta-Analysis of Stem Cell Therapy in Chronic Ischemic Cardiomyopathy


Studies investigating bone marrow stem cell therapy (BMSCT) in patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy have yielded mixed results. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of BMSCT in patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy was undertaken to assess its efficacy and the best route of administration. The MEDLINE, Embase, Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, and Cochrane Library databases were searched through April 2012 for randomized controlled trials that investigated the impact of BMSCT and…

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Cardiac stem cell therapy to modulate inflammation upon myocardial infarction


Background After myocardial infarction (MI) a local inflammatory reaction clears the damaged myocardium from dead cells and matrix debris at the onset of scar formation. The intensity and duration of this inflammatory reaction are intimately linked to post-infarct remodeling and cardiac dysfunction. Strikingly, treatment with standard anti-inflammatory drugs worsens clinical outcome, suggesting a dual role of inflammation in the cardiac response to injury. Cardiac stem cell therapy with different stem or progenitor cells, e.g. mesenchymal…

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Systematic review: the effects of autologous stem cell therapy for patients with liver disease


Background As morbidity and mortality from liver disease continues to rise, new strategies are necessary. Liver transplantation is not only an expensive resource committing the patient to lifelong immunosuppression but also suitable donor organs are in short supply. Against this background, autologous stem cell therapy has emerged as a potential treatment option. Aim To evaluate if it is possible to make a judgement on the safety, feasibility and effect of autologous stem cell therapy for…

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Stem cell therapy: A clinical trial of stroke


Background The alarming disability burden and a high prevalence rate of stroke in India has encouraged the researchers to develop regenerative therapies to reduce clinical deficits. This study evaluates safety, feasibility and efficacy of autologous mononuclear and mesenchymal cell transplantation in stroke patients evaluated on clinical scores and functional imaging (fMRI and DTI). Methods Forty (n = 40) stroke patients were recruited with the inclusion criteria as: 3 months to 2 years of index event, power of…

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Stem Cell Therapy for Craniofacial Bone Regeneration: A Randomized, Controlled Feasibility Trial


Stem cell therapy offers potential in the regeneration of craniofacial bone defects; however, it has not been studied clinically. Tissue repair cells (TRCs) isolated from bone marrow represent a mixed stem and progenitor population enriched in CD90- and CD14-positive cells. In this phase I/II, randomized, controlled feasibility trial, we investigated TRC cell therapy to reconstruct localized craniofacial bone defects. Twenty-four patients requiring localized reconstruction of jawbone defects participated in this longitudinal trial. For regenerative therapy,…

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Durable Scar Size Reduction Due to Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Regulates Whole-Chamber Remodeling


Background Intramyocardial injection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy is associated with reverse remodeling in experimental models and humans. Here, we tested the hypothesis that allogeneic MSC therapy drives ventricular remodeling by producing durable and progressive scar size reduction in ischemic cardiomyopathy. Methods and Results Gottingen swine (n=12) underwent left anterior descending coronary artery myocardial infarction (MI), and 3 months post-MI animals received either intramyocardial allogeneic MSC injection (200 mol/L cells; n=6)…

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Progress of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Neural and Retinal Diseases


Complex circuitry and limited regenerative power make central nervous system (CNS) disorders the most challenging and difficult for functional repair. With elusive disease mechanisms, traditional surgical and medical interventions merely slow down the progression of the neurodegenerative diseases. However, the number of neurons still diminishes in many patients. Recently, stem cell therapy has been proposed as a viable option. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), a widely-studied human adult stem cell population, have been discovered for more…

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Stem cell therapy for chronic ischaemic heart disease and congestive heart failure (Review)


Background A promising approach to the treatment of chronic ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and heart failure is the use of stem cells. The last decade has seen a plethora of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) developed worldwide which have generated conflicting results. Objectives The critical evaluation of clinical evidence on the safety and efficacy of autologous adult bone marrow-derived stem cells (BMSC) as a treatment for chronic ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and heart failure. Search methods…

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Cardiopoietic Stem Cell Therapy in Heart Failure


Objectives This study sought to evaluate the feasibility and safety of autologous bone marrow–derived and cardiogenically oriented mesenchymal stem cell therapy and to probe for signs of efficacy in patients with chronic heart failure. Background In pre-clinical heart failure models, cardiopoietic stem cell therapy improves left ventricular function and blunts pathological remodeling. Methods The C-CURE (Cardiopoietic stem Cell therapy in heart failURE) trial, a prospective, multicenter, randomized trial, was conducted in patients with heart failure…

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