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Challenges Toward the Identification of Predictive Markers for Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Chondrogenic Potential

Based on transcriptomic data on single‐cell derived clones, this study identified CD56 as a potential predictive marker able to select human bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSC) subpopulations with higher and more predictable chondrogenic capacity, although still highly affected by donor‐to‐donor variability. Even if selection of this single marker (i.e., CD56) for distinguishing BMSC chondrogenic subpopulations may drastically increase the clinical relevance of this approach, the intrinsic complexity and plasticity of the BMSC system challenges this conclusion. This awareness should alert the field about the difficulty of identifying univocal pre‐selection criteria following the current approaches, while possibly opening the path to innovative computational methods eventually able to process multiple variables of the BMSC system.

Improving Gene Editing Outcomes in Human Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells by Temporal Control of DNA Repair

This article reports an improvement in CRISPR/Cas9‐mediated gene editing outcomes in human hematopoietic stem cells. The results of this study show that cell cycle‐dependent control of nuclease activity and DNA repair pathways can influence gene editing outcomes to favor the precise DNA modification over faulty repair events in human hematopoietic stem cells. This work provides important proof‐of‐principle findings and can improve gene editing outcomes for the treatment of congenital diseases of the blood system.


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February 11, 2019

Researchers discover a novel lncRNA linked to the osteogenesis of bone marrow MSCs and also describe the crucial interaction of this lncRNA with hnRNPK



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February 18, 2019
New research highlights the suitability of hepatocytes differentiated from cGMP human pluripotent stem cells for therapeutic applications in human patients
February 18, 2019
A Cas9 variant with cell cycle-specific activity coupled with cell synchronization improves the efficiency of hematopoietic stem cell gene editing
February 18, 2019
A study finds that integrin-ECM interactions alter intracellular forces and drives transcriptional changes that control pancreatic progenitor differentiation