Human Stem Cell Use: Adult or Tissue Stem Cell

Optimizing self-renewal signaling kinetics to stabilize ex vivo hematopoietic stem cell expansion

Research Objective We aim to develop conditions for stable expansion of blood stem cells outside of the body Impact Blood stem cells are a rare but necessary cell type for curative bone marrow transplantation and related gene therapies. Stable blood stem cell expansion will increase therapy availability and success Major Proposed Activities Validate a fully […]

Development of treatments to improve healing of ischemic wounds

Research Objective We aim to develop an angiogenic proteoglycan mimic that will protect tissue from rapid degradation, and in conjunction with EPCs promote angiogenesis in order to accelerate ischemic wound healing. Impact As a treatment, LXW7-DS-SILY combined with a collagen scaffold and EPCs will accelerate healing of ischemic diabetic foot ulcers and reduce limb amputation […]

Novel metabolic labeling method for tracking stem cells to irradiated salivary glands using PET

Research Objective This project aims to develop a sensitive and non-invasive method for tracking stem cells in clinical trial, without the need for genetically engineered reporters or long-lived radioisotopes. Impact The ability to see follow stem cells over time, as they engraft, will make it possible to predict response to stem cell therapy and understand […]

Reprogramming human stem cells for blood cell generation

Research Objective To create a universal donor blood cell line that can be used to produce human red blood cells for transplantation. Impact Successful completion of this work would create a safe, unrestricted source of universal donor human blood cells that could be used to improve healthcare and save lives throughout the world. Major Proposed […]

Prodrug innovation to target muscle stem cells and enhance muscle regeneration

Research Objective To target therapeutics to muscle stem cells, the building blocks of skeletal muscle. Impact Drugs, genes and gene editing strategies can be delivered directly to muscle stem cells to alleviate disease. Major Proposed Activities Synthetic peptides based on the ectodomains of Myomaker will be synthesized, with a fluorophore conjugated for tracking. Alternatively, anti-Myomaker […]

Modulating Liver Sinusoidal Endothelial Cell Permeability to Enhance Engraftment of Endothelial Cell Progenitors for the Treatment of Hemophilia A

Research Objective We aim to demonstrate that regulators of endothelial cell permeability can foster engraftment of endothelial cell progenitors in the liver sinusoids leading to production of Factor VIII. Impact Our work would provide conceptual proof that a cell based therapy for hemophilia A is possible and should be pursued. Major Proposed Activities Demonstrate that […]

Identification of stem cell surface markers as potential therapeutic targets for advanced prostate cancer

Research Objective The goal of this proposal is to identify proteins found on the surface of both human prostate stem cells and cancer cells that could be used as potential targets for treating advanced prostate cancer. Impact There is no cure for advanced prostate cancer. This combined with the success of treating other cancers by […]

Targeting progenitors in scar tissue to reduce chronic scar burden

Research Objective Develop novel strategies to treat heart scars by targeting progenitors that replenish scars Impact There currently is no therapy for treating scar tissue in the heart or any other organ. Our proposal would lead to the development of targeted approaches to reduce scar burden. Major Proposed Activities Identify progenitors in scar tissue (murine […]

Genome editing for causation and reversion of MPN-associated mutations in human hematopoietic stem cells

Research Objective Use gene editing to create tools for the study of mechanisms by which patient-observed mutations lead to myeloproliferative neoplasms. Impact Editing reagents will yield new insight into how acquired MPN-associated mutations cause disease by overproduction of various cell types and pave the way for gene editing therapies to reverse MPNs. Major Proposed Activities […]

New Methods for the Chemical Expansion of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells

Research Objective We will develop a new agent that can increase the production of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and determine how the compound functions Impact We aim to develop a method to achieve the highest fold expansion of hematopoietic stem cells from a single unit of cord blood achieved to date increasing the supply […]

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