Anish Sen Majumdar

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Recent success in pancreatic islet transplantation has energized the field to discover an alternative source of stem cells with differentiation potential to beta cells. Generation of glucose-responsive, insulin-producing beta cells from self-renewing, pluripotent human ESCs (hESCs) has immense potential for diabetes treatment. We report here the development(More)
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are envisioned to be a major source for cell-based therapies. Efforts to overcome rejection of hESCs include nuclear transfer and collection of hESC banks representing the broadest diversity of major histocompatability complex (MHC) polymorphorisms. Surprisingly, immune responses to hESCs have yet to be experimentally(More)
Umbilical cord is a rich source of mesenchymal stromal or stem cells (MSCs) that can be used for developing allogeneic cell therapy to treat intractable diseases. In this report, we present evidence that umbilical cord-derived MSCs (UCMSCs) possess important immunomodulatory properties that may enable them to survive in an allogeneic environment. UCMSCs do(More)
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease of the connective tissue and progresses with age in the older population or develops in young athletes following sports-related injury. The articular cartilage is especially vulnerable to damage and has poor potential for regeneration because of the absence of vasculature within the tissue. Normal load-bearing(More)
Embryonic stem (ES) cells are unique as they have the potential to be generated in large numbers and the ability to differentiate into the three germ layers via embryoid body (EB) formation. This property could be utilized as an index to study initial mammalian development. We have investigated the utility of a comprehensively characterized human ES (hES)(More)
Human platelet lysate (HPL) was evaluated as an alternative to fetal bovine serum (FBS) in large-scale culturing of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (BM-MSCs) for therapeutic applications. Dulbecco’s modified Eagle medium (DMEM)of low glucose (LG) and Knock Out (KO) were used with human platelet lysate (HPL) as LG-HPL and KO-HPL, and with FBS(More)
A major concern in the use of allotransplantation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-based therapies is the possibility of allogeneic rejection by the host's immune system. In this report, we determined the immunological properties of hESC-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPC) that have the potential for clinical application for the treatment of(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have become an attractive tool for tissue engineering and targets in clinical transplantation due to their regeneration potential and immuno-suppressive capacity. Although MSCs derived from bone marrow are the most widely used, their harvest requires an invasive procedure. The umbilical cord, which is discarded at birth, can(More)
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) derived from different tissue sources are capable of differentiating into neural and glial cell types. However, the efficiency of differentiation varies between MSCs derived from different tissues. We compared the efficiency of neural progenitor population generation between adipose (AD), bone marrow (BM) and Wharton's jelly(More)
Mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) for clinical use have largely been isolated from the bone marrow, although isolation of these cells from many different adult and fetal tissues has been reported as well. One such source of MSCs is the Whartons Jelly (WJ) of the umbilical cord, as it provides an inexhaustible source of stem cells for potential(More)