What are you reading these days and does it include topics like cell therapies for COVID-19, ALS, regenerative potential of fibroblasts, and why Zoom meetings are so tiring for the brain? I cover those topics and more below with recommended reads including papers and media items. Here’s last week’s recommended reads.
Here’s to fibroblasts, which have regenerative activities
Distinct Regulatory Programs Control the Latent Regenerative Potential of Dermal Fibroblasts during Wound Healing. This work from a team led by Jeff Biernaskie was published in Cell Stem Cell, which hints at a key theme here in that fibroblasts have some regenerative potential. This is a very cool paper, defining that there’s more to fibroblasts than meets the eye and Hic1 as well as Runx and reintoic acid signaling are key players in regulating these cells’ regenerative capacity. See part of Fig. 3 above and check out those Hic-1+ cells.
Neural implants for spinal cord injuries
Implanted neural stem cell grafts show functionality in spinal cord injuries. I wonder if in the end the most effective approach to some kinds of spinal cord injury and paralysis, especially those where the injury was years ago, may be a combination of a biologic (stem cells) and a cybernetic implant.
Zoom on the brain
The Weirdness of Watching Yourself on Zoom. What can watching yourself on Zoom do to the brain and is this part of why it can feel so tiring? This article digs in.
Cancer stem cells
Stem cell-derived heart cells
2 COVID updates
Celularity finds a California home for COVID work in part funded by CIRM
COVID infects certain brain cells
More data from Athersys using MultiStem
From Technology Networks, “Progress in Stem Cell Therapy for Transplant, Stroke and ARDS Patients.” The piece is mainly an interview with Athersys CEO Gil Van Bokkelen. You can see my past interview with him here as well. Athersys is also testing stem cells for COVID-19 as well. Van Bokkelen gives a concise overview of their trials overall:
“We are currently running a Phase 3 clinical trial for the treatment of ischemic stroke (MASTERS-2 study), recently initiated a Phase 2/3 pivotal trial for the treatment of COVID-19 induced ARDS (MACoVIA study), and we have FDA authorization to start a Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of trauma (MATRICS-1), which we expect to launch this summer. In addition to these three trials, our partner in Japan, HEALIOS K.K. is also conducting a clinical trial using MultiStem cell therapy for the treatment of ischemic stroke (the TREASURE study) and an ARDS clinical trial (the ONE-BRIDGE study). Both of their studies are expected to finish enrollment this year.”
Stem cells for ALS
From ALS News Today, “Stem Cell Treatment Seen to Safely Aid Speech in ALS Patients in Small Study.”
Here’s the original article Articulation recovery in ALS patients after lineage-negative adjuvant cell therapy – preliminary report.
DNMT3 and clones
In Cell Stem Cell from Margaret Goodell Tissue-Biased Expansion of DNMT3A-Mutant Clones in a Mosaic Individual Is Associated with Conserved Epigenetic Erosion