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Neural Cell News 6.16, April 25, 2012
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Housekeeping Mechanism for Brain Stem Cells Discovered
Researchers have identified a molecular pathway that controls the retention and release of the brain’s stem cells.
[Press release from Columbia University Medical Center discussing online publication in Nature Cell Biology] Press Release | Abstract

[New Webinar] Discover How to Reduce Variability in Primary Neuron Cultures with NeuroCult SM

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Neurogenesis Requires TopBP1 to Prevent Catastrophic Replicative DNA Damage in Early Progenitors
Scientists report that TopBP1 is crucial for maintaining genome integrity in the early progenitors that drive neurogenesis. [Nat Neurosci] Abstract | Press Release

Characterization and Neural Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells on Cadherin-Based Substrata
Scientists evaluated the effects of recombinant extracellular matrix components on the mouse embryonic stem and induced pluripotent stem cells’ self-renewal and differentiation into neural progenitors, comparing conventional culture substrata. [Biomaterials] Abstract

Human Neural Stem Cells Genetically Modified to Express Human Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) Gene Restore Cognition in Mouse with Ibotenic Acid-Induced Cognitive Dysfunction
Researchers demonstrated that human neural stem cells over-expressing NGF improve the cognitive function of learning deficit model mice. [Cell Transplant]

The Adult Human Brain Harbors Multipotent Perivascular Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Researchers provide evidence that the vascular niche in the adult human brain harbors a novel progenitor with multilineage capacity that appears to represent mesenchymal stem cells and is different from any previously described human neural stem cell. [PLoS One] Abstract | Press Release

Bmcc1s, a Novel Brain-Isoform of Bmcc1, Affects Cell Morphology by Regulating MAP6/STOP Functions
Researchers identified Bmcc1s, a novel isoform of Bmcc1 predominantly expressed in the mouse brain. In primary cultures of astrocytes and neurons, Bmcc1s localized on intermediate filaments and microtubules and interacted directly with MAP6/STOP, a microtubule-binding protein responsible for microtubule cold stability. [PLoS One] Abstract

CNF1 Improves Astrocytic Ability to Support Neuronal Growth and Differentiation In Vitro
Researchers demonstrated that astrocytes, under the influence of Cytotoxic Necrotizing Factor 1 (CNF1), increase their supporting activity on neuronal growth and differentiation, possibly related to diminished levels of interleukin 1β. [PLoS One] Abstract

Dual Regeneration of Muscle and Nerve by Intravenous Administration of Human Amniotic Fluid-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Regulated by Stromal Cell-Derived Factor-1α in a Sciatic Nerve Injury Model
The authors investigated the feasibility of intravenous administration of human amniotic fluid-derived mesenchymal stem cells according to stromal cell-derived factor-1α expression time profiles to facilitate neural regeneration in a sciatic nerve crush injury model. [J NeurosurgAbstract

Two-Photon Polymerization-Generated and Micromolding-Replicated 3D Scaffolds for Peripheral Neural Tissue Engineering Applications
This work supports the use of polylactic acid as a suitable material for supporting Schwann cell growth and in turn the use of 3D soft lithography for the synthesis of neural scaffolds in nerve repair. [Biofabrication] Abstract | Press Release

Open Access JoVE Protocol: Discriminating NSCs from NPCs with the NeuroCult™ NCFC Assay

Abbott’s Investigational Treatment for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease Demonstrates Positive Results in Phase III Clinical Trial
Results were announced from a Phase III trial evaluating the company’s investigational compound for advanced Parkinson’s disease, levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel. [Press release from Abbott Laboratories discussing research to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting, New Orleans] Press Release

Stem Cell Initiative Receives Additional $1.5 Million Award
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant renewal for stem cell education and research from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. [California State Polytechnic University Pomona] Press Release 

Asubio Initiates Landmark Clinical Study in Spinal Cord Injury
Asubio announced the initiation of a landmark Phase II clinical trial of SUN13837, an investigational medication being developed to improve neurological function in patients with newly diagnosed acute spinal cord injury. [PR Newswire] Press Release


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NEW 13th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery
September 10-11, 2012
Jersey City, United States

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Scientist – Endothelial Cells (STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.)

Scientist – Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.)

Scientist – Epithelial Cell Research (STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.)

Scientist – hPSC (STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.)

Business Analyst – Product Management (STEMSOFT Software, Inc.)

Scientist – hPSC Bioengineering (STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.)

Scientist – Antibody and Hybridoma Technology Platforms (STEMCELL Technologies, Inc.)

Postdoctoral Position in Stem Cell Biology/Neuroscience/Cancer (The Jackson Laboratory)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Epigenetic Regulation of Neural Stem Cells (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Postdoctoral Position in Neuronal Cell Biology (University of Basel)

Postdoctoral Position – GIGA-Neurosciences (University of Liège)

Postdoctoral Position – Spinal Cord Neural Stem Cells (Institute for Neurosciences of Montpellier)

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