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2011 Newsletter: Progress in Circadian Rhythms And Stem Cells

Authors Foundation Staff
Title 2011 Newsletter: Progress in Circadian Rhythms And Stem Cells
Publication Date October, 2011
Journal, Volume Bedford Research Foundation Newsletter
Abstract

BRF scientists have derived two unique lines of stem cells that may lead to a breakthrough in the efficiency of stem cell derivation and expansion.

BRF scientists are following up their discovery that the genes that regulate the rhythms of daily life, circadian rhythm genes, may play important roles in stem cell derivation and stability in culture. Circadian rhythm genes regulate cells in the body by turning “on” and “off” over a 24-hour cycle in response to signals such as light/dark cycles, hormone pulses, and body temperature variations.

Currently, stem cells are cultured in constant temperature in the dark. If BRF’s research proves that circadian rhythm genes play important roles in stem cell division and stability, it could markedly improve the efficiency of stem cell derivation and expansion, urgently needed to produce major advances in stem cell therapy.

Keywords Circadian Rhythms
Categories Foundation Newsletters, Science Article Library
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