Editors: Atta-ur-Rahman , Shazia Anjum

Frontiers in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research

Volume 4

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ISSN: 2467-9593 (Print)
ISSN: 2352-7633 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-436-7 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-435-0 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810843501170401

Introduction

Stem cell and regenerative medicine research is a hot area of research which promises to change the face of medicine as it will be practiced in the years to come. Challenges in the 21st century to combat diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer and related diseases may well be addressed employing stem cell therapies and tissue regeneration. Frontiers in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research is essential reading for researchers seeking updates in stem cell therapeutics and regenerative medicine.

The fourth volume of this series features reviews on the use of stem cells through retrodifferentiation, mesodermal regeneration, hematopoiesis and mesenchymal stem cells. The volume also features a chapter on current knowledge on cell-based therapy in veterinary medicine.

Preface

There continues to be tremendous progress in the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine research. The developments promise to change the face of medicine. This 4th volume of ‘Frontiers in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research’ should be of considerable interest to the readers as it presents state-of-the art reviews written by renowned experts in this fast moving field.

Ilham Saleh Abduljadayel presented a comprehensive review in chapter 1 on epimorphic regeneration and retrodifferentiation. Both processes have the capacity to recreate and reconstruct tissue with precise positional integration of cells in such a way that will enable healing without scars. In chapter 2 Fraser et al. extensively reviewed the unique genetic programmes that lead to mesendoderm formation and the pathways leading to mesoderm and endoderm specification. They also present examples where mature cell types from both germ layers interact to support their mutual development. These programmes are being employed to direct the differentiation of pluripotent cells in vitro into mesendoderm derived cells and tissues. Fraser et al. also reviewed the role of stem, progenitor and supportive cells within the hematopoietic tissues as essential elements of regenerative medicine in chapter 3.

Cell-based therapy is an emerging field in veterinary medicine that has been used for developing new therapies for degenerative diseases. In chapter 4 Izadyar et al. described different cell based therapies, their risks and benefits and their possible therapeutic use for veterinary medical applications. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are the most favored cellular candidates for regenerative therapeutics. Bhat et al. discussed how MSCs contribute to therapeutic efficiency include facilitating secretion of bioactive factors, induction of cellular recruitment and retention of progenitor faculties in the last chapter.

Knowledge of stem cell and regenerative medicine research continues to move ahead on many fronts. We hope that the readers will enjoy reading about the latest and stimulating development in this hot area in the 4th volume of this series.

We are pleased to place on record our heartfelt thanks to all the authors for their contributions. We are also grateful to the editorial staff of Bentham Science Publishers, particularly Dr. Faryal Sami, Mr. Shehzad Naqvi and Mr. Mahmood Alam for their constant support and great help.

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS
Honorary Life Fellow
Kings College
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
UK

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Dr. Shazia Anjum
Department of Chemistry
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
Pakistan

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