Therapeutic/Technology: Model system development

Crosstalk: Inflammation in Parkinson’s disease (PD) in a humanized in vitro model

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder. It is characterized by motor impairment such as slowness of movements, shaking and gait disturbances. Age is the most consistent risk factor for PD, and as we have an aging population, it is of upmost importance that we find therapies to limit the social, economic […]

Niche-Focused Research: Discovery & Development of Hematopoietic Regenerative Factors

Bone marrow and peripheral blood transplantation utilizing blood stem cells can provide curative treatment for patients with cancers and non-cancerous diseases of the blood and immune systems. Such treatments can be curative because the stem cells contained within the bone marrow or peripheral blood of healthy donors are capable of replacing the entirety of the […]

Generation of functional cells and organs from iPSCs

The development of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology may be the most important advance in stem cell biology for the future of medicine. This technology allows one to generate a patient’s own pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) from skin or blood cells. iPSCs can then be reprogrammed to multiply and produce high quality mature cells […]

In Utero Model to Assess the Fate of Transplanted Human Cells for Translational Research and Pediatric Therapies

nfants with inherited blood diseases (such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, bleeding disorders) or other inherited metabolic disorders can be identified early in development using sophisticated diagnostic tests. Currently, the treatment for many of these childhood illnesses may include bone marrow transplantation which is complicated by: (1) the toxicity associated with chemotherapy or radiation-based regimens […]

Mouse Models for Stem Cell Therapeutic Development

Stem cells have tremendous potential for treating human diseases, as they have the unique capacity to develop into any cell type in the body and to proliferate indefinitely. The development of new therapies based on the transplantation of human stem cells (HuSC) into patients is a major focus of California researchers. A critical step prior […]

Developing induced pluripotent stem cells into human therapeutics and disease models

Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) can undergo unlimited self-renewal and differentiate into all the cell types in the human body, and thus hold great promise for cell replacement therapy. However, one major problem for hESC-based therapy is that the cells derived from hESCs will be rejected by the recipient and can only be tolerated under […]

Using patient-specific iPSC derived dopaminergic neurons to overcome a major bottleneck in Parkinson’s disease research and drug discovery

The goals of this study are to develop patient-specific induced pluripotent cell lines (iPSCs) from patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) with defined mutations and sporadic forms of the disease. Recent groundbreaking discoveries allow us now to use adult human skin cells, transduce them with specific genes, and generate cells that exhibit characteristics of embryonic stem […]

Generation of disease models for neurodegenerative disorders in hESCs by gene targeting

The ability to target a specific locus in the mouse genome and to alter it in a specific fashion has fundamentally changed experimental design and made mice the preeminent model for studying human diseases . However, pathogenesis in humans have unique pathways that may not be revealed by only using mouse or other animal models. […]