Soma Guhathakurta

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Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), with capacity to differentiate into adipocytes, osteoblasts and chondrocytes, offer potential for the development of novel treatments. A critical question in MSCs biology is whether this cell population possesses a relatively uniform differentiation capability or is comprised of distinct subsets of progenitors committed(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent, can be easily expanded in culture and hence are an attractive therapeutic tool for cardiac repair. MSCs have tremendous potential to transdifferentiate to cardiac lineage both in vitro and in vivo. The present study examined the differentiation capacity of conditioned media derived from ischemic cardiac tissue(More)
Acellular tissue-engineered (ATE) xenografts and homografts are used in clinical cardiovascular surgery. The present study examined the specific role of carbohydrate antigen (α-Gal and T-antigen) in immune response after decellularisation in tissue-engineered xenografts (porcine pulmonary artery and bovine jugular vein). An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay(More)
Cellular therapy for end-stage liver failures using human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs)-derived hepatocytes is a potential alternative to liver transplantation. Hepatic trans-differentiation of hMSCs is routinely accomplished by induction with commercially available recombinant growth factors, which is of limited clinical applications. In the present(More)
Glutaraldehyde (GLUT) processing, cellular antigens, calcium ions in circulation, and phospholipids present in the native tissue are predominantly responsible for calcification, degeneration, and lack of natural microenvironment for host progenitor cell migration in tissue implants. The study presents an improved methodology for adhesion and proliferation(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with congenital and acquired heart diseases or arteriopathy require small-diameter vascular grafts for arterial reconstruction. Autologous veins are the most suitable graft, but when absent, an alternative is necessary. This work addresses the issue. BACKGROUND Tissue-engineering efforts to create such grafts by modifications of(More)
A simplified 2D whole heart model (2DWHM) which simulates the Electrocardiogram (ECG) accurately is presented. Although extremely detailed whole heart 3D models are available, they are computationally expensive. On the other hand most of the 2D cardiac models are homogeneous models aiming at modeling activation propagation in a small patch of cardiac(More)
Growing myocardial cells from human stem cells and stem cell transplantation to repair injured myocardium are new frontiers in cardiovascular research. The 1st stage of this study was conducted to determine whether transplantation of autologous bone marrow stem cells into infarcted myocardium of sheep could differentiate into beating cardiomyocytes. The 2nd(More)
We report a unique case of triple valve replacement with porcine bioprostheses in a young woman who remained asymptomatic 15 years later. Although in atrial fibrillation, she was taking only aspirin for anticoagulation until she delivered a normal child 2 years after surgery. Surprisingly, to date, her echocardiographic findings have remained the same as(More)
The quest for RBCs in transfusion medicine has prompted scientists to explore the large-scale expansion of human RBCs from various sources. The successful production of RBCs in the laboratory depends on the selection of potential cell source, optimized culture, bio-physiological parameters, clinically applicable culture media that yields a scalable,(More)