Daniella Herszfeld

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The application of human embryonic stem (hES) cells in regenerative medicine will require rigorous quality control measures to ensure the safety of hES cell-derived grafts. During propagation in vitro, hES cells can acquire cytogenetic abnormalities as well as submicroscopic genetic lesions, such as small amplifications or deletions. Many of the genetic(More)
Pluripotent human teratocarcinoma stem cells cultured in vitro provide a resource for the study of early embryonic development in man, as well as a means for discovery of novel factors controlling cell differentiation and commitment. We previously reported that the human teratocarcinoma stem cell line GCT 27X-1 could be induced to differentiate into an(More)
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) can be isolated from most adult tissues and hold considerable promise for tissue regenerative therapies. Some of the potential advantages that MSCs have over other adult stem cell types include: (1) their relative ease of isolation, culture and expansion; (2) their immunomodulatory properties; (3) they can provide(More)
The recent introduction of technologies capable of reprogramming human somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells offers a unique opportunity to study many aspects of neurodegenerative diseases in vitro that could ultimately lead to novel drug development and testing. Here, we report for the first time that human dermal fibroblasts from a(More)
Screening of a rat testis expression library with an antiserum specific for an outer dense fibre (ODF) has led to the identification of a gene encoding for a putative protein previously unknown as a component of the sperm tail. This gene has been designated tpx-1 by virtue of its homology with the mouse and human gene of the same name (79 and 73%,(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are efficacious in a variety of intractable diseases. While bone marrow (BM)-derived MSCs (BM-MSCs) have been widely investigated, MSCs from other tissue sources have also been shown to be effective in several autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. In the present study, we simultaneously assessed the therapeutic efficacy of(More)
Evidence of receptor/ligand interactions that regulate testis cell function was sought in order to broaden the current understanding of the molecular basis of testis cell function. Using reverse transcription and the polymerase chain reaction, we have obtained novel evidence for the expression of three mRNAs encoding receptor tyrosine kinases in the adult(More)
The advent of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), reprogrammed in vitro from both healthy and disease-state human somatic cells, has triggered an enormous global research effort to realize personalized regenerative medicine for numerous degenerative conditions. hiPSCs have been generated from cells of many tissue types and can be differentiated(More)
BACKGROUND Transplantation of neural stem cells (NSCs) is a promising novel approach to the treatment of neuroinflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). NSCs can be derived from primary central nervous system (CNS) tissue or obtained by neural differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells, the latter having the advantage of readily providing an(More)
Known high and low molecular weight (LMW) MAP2 protein isoforms result from alternative splicing of the MAP2 gene. Contrary to previous reports that MAP2 is neural-specific, we recently identified MAP2 mRNA and protein in somatic and germ cells of rat testis, and showed the predominant testicular isoform is LMW. Although cytoplasmic in neural tissue, MAP2(More)