The widespread use of clomiphene citrate and exogenous gonadotrophins for in vitro fertilization (IVF) in human frequently results in the production of multiple embryos. Replacement of more than two embryos increases pregnancy rate but may result in multiple pregnancies with increased pre- and post-natal abnormality. Preservation of embryos for a limited… (More)
We have used homologous recombination in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to insert sequences encoding green fluorescent protein (GFP) into the NKX2.1 locus, a gene required for normal development of the basal forebrain. Generation of NKX2.1-GFP(+) cells was dependent on the concentration, timing, and duration of retinoic acid treatment during… (More)
Pluripotent human stem cells isolated from early embryos represent a potentially unlimited source of many different cell types for cell-based gene and tissue therapies [1-3]. Nevertheless, if the full potential of cell lines derived from donor embryos is to be realised, the problem of donor-recipient tissue matching needs to be overcome. One approach, which… (More)
Basic experimental stem cell research has opened up the possibility of many diverse clinical applications; however, translation to clinical trials has been restricted to only a few diseases. To broaden this clinical scope, pluripotent stem cell derivatives provide a uniquely scalable source of functional differentiated cells that can potentially repair… (More)
Ovarian grafting provides a strategy for clinical infertility treatment and is starting to be used in conjunction with ovarian tissue storage for patients at risk of early ovarian failure. As patients are starting to return for their frozen stored tissue we need to ascertain how to maximise follicle survival when this tissue is grafted back to the patient.… (More)
In recent years, clinical trials with stem cells have taken the emerging field in many new directions. While numerous teams continue to refine and expand the role of bone marrow and cord blood stem cells for their vanguard uses in blood and immune disorders, many others are looking to expand the uses of the various types of stem cells found in bone marrow… (More)
Leaders in the field comment on what they perceive to be the greatest barriers to biomaterial translation.
Rodent models and immortalized or genetically modified cell lines are frequently used-but have limited utility-for studying human prostate development and maturation. Using rodent mesenchyme to establish reciprocal mesenchymal-epithelial cell interactions with human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), we generated human prostate tissue expressing… (More)