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BACKGROUND Systemic delivery of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) is an attractive approach for myocardial repair. We aimed to test this strategy in a rat model after myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS AND RESULTS BM-MSCs were obtained from rat bone marrow, expanded in vitro to a purity of >50%, and labeled with 99mTc exametazime,(More)
Internal transcribed spacer (ITS-1) sequences from 97 accessions representing 23 species of Lactuca and related genera were determined and used to evaluate species relationships of Lactuca sensu lato (s.l.). The ITS-1 phylogenies, calculated using PAUP and PHYLIP, correspond better to the classification of Feráková than to other classifications evaluated,(More)
BACKGROUND We have shown that the angiogenic peptides basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) enhance canine coronary collateral development when administered for > or = 4 weeks. bFGF, a pluripotent mitogen of mesodermally derived cells, could theoretically exacerbate neointimal smooth muscle cell hyperplasia, a(More)
The use of adult stem cells for myocardial tissue repair might be limited in elderly and sick people because their cells are depleted and exhausted. The present study was conducted to explore the potential of human umbilical cord blood (UCB) CD133+ progenitor cells for myocardial tissue repair in a model of extensive myocardial infarction (MI). CD133+(More)
Stem cell homing into the bone microenvironment is the first step in the initiation of marrow-derived blood cells. It is reported that human severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) repopulating cells home and accumulate rapidly, within a few hours, in the bone marrow and spleen of immunodeficient mice previously conditioned with total body irradiation.(More)
Prenatal diagnosis based on rare fetal cells in maternal blood is currently not a feasible option. An effort was made to improve cell yields by targeting trophoblast cells. After sorting, the HLA-G-positive cell fraction was analyzed directly or after culture. In situ hybridization technology was applied to prove fetal cell source in samples from women(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) can be guided to form new myocardium by transplantation into the normal or infarcted heart, and to assess the influence of hESC-derived cardiomyocytes (hESCMs) on cardiac function in a rat model of myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS Undifferentiated hESCs (0.5-1x10(6)), human(More)
Culture expansion of fetal cells from the maternal circulation will provide an increased number of cells for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. Hematopoietic CD34+ cells are potential candidates for this application. More information is needed regarding the frequency of these cells and the phenomenon of post-delivery persistence in the maternal circulation.(More)
OBJECTIVE To assesses chromosomal aberrations in the abortus in recurrent miscarriage, in the presence of parental chromosomal aberrations. DESIGN Retrospective comparative cohort study. SETTING Tertiary referral unit in university hospital. PATIENT(S) One thousand one hundred eight patients with 3-16 miscarriages before 20 weeks gestation; 113(More)