Special Issue "Stem Cell Activation in Adult Organism"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2015).
Interests: exercise biology; stem and progenitor mediated tissue adaptation; epigenetics and sport; mechanism of physical training in oncology; muscle growth and repair; vascular biology
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The research on stem cells has developed as a promising area of biology in the last few decades. Meanwhile, the potential of stem cell-based tissue regeneration in the adult organism is recognized for nearly all organs and tissues, such as muscle, heart, brain, lung, mesenchymal, epithelial, and connective tissues. At the beginning of stem cell research for regeneration and repair in adults, a strong focus was given to embryonic stem cells, followed by a search for adult stem cell populations, which can be used, by virtue of their high transdifferentiation potential, to replace organ and tissue specific cell types. In the last few years, it has been recognized that the stem cell potential of terminal, differentiated cells can be rescued by reprogramming. While first strategies are orientated for the ex vivo reprogramming of terminal differentiated cells into multipotent stem cells, increasing knowledge about the reprogramming mechanisms and the influencing factors supporting mobilization of tissue resistant stem cells or the reprogramming of tissue specific cells to stem and progenitor cells, allows us to currently and additionally develop strategies for the endogenous mobilization of stem cells and the reprogramming of differentiated cells from different tissues. The understanding of local and systemic factors, such as cytokines, the extracellular matrix, and supporting cells allows for improvement of these mobilization strategies. These strategies can be used for systemic and local stem cell-based therapy.
This Special Issue, “Stem cell activation in adult organism,” will cover a selection of recent research topics and current review articles in the field of stem cell research for the regeneration and repair of different tissues and organs in the adult organism. Experimental papers, up-to-date review articles, and commentaries are all welcome.
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- adult stem cell
- stem cell therapy
- signaling and mechanism
- growth factors
- extra cellular matrix