Monday, July 17, 2017

Electrical Preconditioning of Stem Cells

Cool Science

The ability to manipulate hNPCs via a conductive scaffold creates a new approach to optimize stem cell-based therapy and determine which factors (such as VEGF-A) are essential for stroke recovery: Paul M. Georgea, Tonya M. Blissb, Thuy Huab, Alex Leed, Byeongtaek Oh, Alexa Levinson, Swapnil Mehta, Guohua Sun, Gary K. Steinberg. Electrical preconditioning of stem cells with a conductive polymer scaffold enhances stroke recovery. doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.07.020...anti βIII-tubulin (1:500, Neuromics, Edina, MN)...

Image: Neural progenitors were labeled with anti-rat Nestin polyclonal antibody (Cat#:GT15114) and stained with conjugated donkey anti-goat secondary anti-body (green). Differentiated neurons were labeled with neuron-specific mouse anti-β-III tubulin/ Tuj1-(Cat#MO15013 monoclonal antibody (red). Nuclei were stained with DAPI (blue).
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Human RPES and BMSCS

Need Human Cells? Just Ask!

This is our cornerstone and we keep building on it. You asked for them. We are pleased to announce we now have Human Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells (BMSCs) and Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells (RPES).
RPES in Culture.
BMSCS in Culture.
We will continue to post new cell offerings here.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

3D Printing the Way to Artificial Muscles

Muscles Contract Under the Control Motor Neurons

The methods used to develop the artificial muscles included use of our GDNF Protein to maintain motor neurons in the 3-D Culture-Caroline Cvetkovic, Max H. Rich, Ritu Raman, Hyunjoon Kong , Rashid Bashir. A 3D-printed platform for modular neuromuscular motor units. Microsystems; Nanoengineering 3, Article number: 17015 (2017) doi:10.1038/micronano.2017.15

Skeletal muscle cells and motor neurons were combined into a fabricated 3D co-culture system. C2C12 myoblasts were differentiated into multinucleated myotubes (a) and combined with extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins to create an engineered muscle ring tissue (b). In parallel, mouse embryonic stem cells (HBG3 mESCs) were differentiated into motor neurons (MNs) through the formation of embryoid bodies (EBs) (c and d) and then combined with the engineered muscle tissue and ECM proteins (e) on 3D-printed hydrogel devices (f and g). Once the multi-layered rings sequentially compacted and fused together, they were then placed on a stationary hydrogel skeleton (h). Scale bars, 50 μm (b and d), 500 μm (c), and 10 μm (d, inset).

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Renal Nerves and Blood Pressure

Role of Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)

CGRP is a potent vasodilator so it is not surprising our CGRP Antibody was used in this study. Custódio AH, de Lima MC, Vaccari B, Boer PA, Gontijo JAR (2017) Renal sodium handling and blood pressure changes in gestational protein-restricted offspring: Role of renal nerves and ganglia neurokinin expression. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179499. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179499

Figure. Comparative expression of SP and CGRP in the renal pelvis of 16-week-old rats. The pictures show a normal distribution of these neurokinins in NP (A and D). In LP offspring, no difference was observed in SP immunoreactivity (A, B, and C), but CGRP immunoreactivity was significantly more intense in NP (D, E, and F) compared with age-matched LP offspring.

We are always honored when our solutions are referenced in publications and will continue to post new findings here.