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Alzheimer's dementia (AD) is a degenerative brain disorder characterized mainly by cholinergic failure, but other neuro-transmitters are also deficient especially at late stages of the disease. Misfolded β-amyloid peptide has been identified as a causative agent, however inflammatory changes also play a pivotal role. Even though the most prominent pathology(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable, chronic, fatal neuro-degenerative disease characterized by progressive loss of moto-neurons and paralysis of skeletal muscles. Reactivating dysfunctional areas is under earnest investigation utilizing various approaches. Here we present an innovative gene-cell construct aimed at reviving inert structure(More)
Genetically modified mono-nuclear cell fraction from human umbilical cord blood (HUCB) expressing human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and mouse neural L(1) cell adhesion molecule (L(1)CAM) were used for gene-stem cell therapy of transgenic (G)93(A) mice adopted as an animal amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) model. We generated non-viral(More)
Several biomarkers are used in confirming the diagnosis of cognitive disorders. This study evaluates whether the level of these markers after heart surgery correlates with the development of cognitive dysfunction, which is a frequent complication of cardiac interventions. Concentrations of amyloid-β peptide, tau, and S100β in the cerebro-spinal fluid were(More)
Current therapy of a number of neuropsychiatric maladies has only symptomatic modality. Effective treatment of these neuro-degenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), may benefit from combined gene/stem-cell approaches. In this report, mononuclear fraction of human umbilical cord blood cells (hUCBCs) were transfected by(More)
OBJECTIVES Among several other factors, the neuro-toxic β-amyloid peptide (βAP)-induced inflammatory mechanisms have also been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's dementia (AD). Cytokines have recently emerged as prime candidates underlying this immune reaction. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the inflammatory response of peripheral(More)
Functionalized living cells are regarded as effective tools in directed cell delivery and tissue engineering. Here we report the facile functionalization of viable isolated HeLa cells with superparamagnetic cationic nanoparticles via a single-step biocompatible process. Nanoparticles are localized on the cellular membranes and do not penetrate into the(More)
The common drawback of many in vitro cell culture systems is the absence of appropriate micro-environment, which is formed by the combination of factors such as cell-cell contacts, extracellular matrix and paracrine regulation. Micro-environmental factors in a tumor tissue can influence physiological status of the cancer cells and their susceptibility to(More)
The use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has been shown to be promising in chronic disorders such as diabetes, Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury and brain ischemia. Recent studies revealed that human tooth germs (hTG) contain MSCs which can be easily isolated, expanded and cryo-preserved. In this report, we isolated human tooth(More)
Mental illnesses are frequent co-morbid conditions in chronic systemic diseases. High incidences of depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment complicate cardiovascular and metabolic disorders such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Lifestyle changes including regular exercise have been advocated to reduce blood pressure and improve glycaemic control.(More)