Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)

Almost daily, new technologies are being presented that move the field of human pluripotent stem cell research towards a future that may yield highly-effective, personalized medical treatments.  Three enabling technologies at hand for human PSCs are 1) directed reprogramming of somatic cells, which eliminate many of the ethical issues associated with the derivation and use of human PSCs, increase genetic diversity of the available human PSC lines, and give rise to better in vitro human disease models; 2) the discovery that a Rho-associated protein Kinase (ROCK) inhibitor allows for efficient single cell passaging and cryopreservation, increasing the efficiency and reliability of hPSC culture; and 3) defined, animal-component-free media, which lay the groundwork for simplified scale-up for therapeutic applications, differentiation protocols, and toxicology screens. The aforementioned technologies can be found in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols, a compilation of 33 detailed protocols in six categories of PSC research that cover laboratory essentials and the derivation of new PSC lines, including induced PSC lines, as well as their growth, maintenance, characterization, genetic manipulation, and differentiation. Written in the successful Methods in Molecular Biology™ series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible protocols, and notes on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

 

            Authoritative and accessible, Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols serves as an ideal guide to scientists conducting their own pluripotent cell research programs and makes great strides towards furthering human knowledge and, ultimately, improving the human condition.

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Embryonic Stem Cell Protocols: Volume II: Differentiation Models (Methods in Molecular Biology)

Now in two volumes, this completely updated and expanded edition of Embryonic Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols provides a diverse collection of readily reproducible cellular and molecular protocols for the manipulation of nonhuman embryonic stem cells. Volume two, Embryonic Stem Cell Protocols: Differentiation Models, Second Edition, covers state-of-the-art methods for deriving many types of differentiating cells from ES cells. The first volume, Embryonic Stem Cell Protocols: Isolation and Characterization, Second Edition, provides a diverse collection of readily reproducible cellular and molecular protocols for the isolation, maintenance, and characterization of embryonic stem cells. Together, the two volumes illuminate for both novices and experts our current understanding of the biology of embryonic stem cells and their utility in normal tissue homeostasis and regenerative medicine applications.

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Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)

This volume aims to outline the current status of the Mesenchymal Stem Cells(MSC) field in regenerative medicine and to propose clear and reproducible protocols to better define the identity, function and use of these cells that are today, more than ever, “under the spotlight”. Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols, Second Edition is organized into four sections. The first guides the reader through a series of state-of-the-art reviews summarizing the use of MSC for the treatment of various diseases. The other three sections are a collection of methodological chapters covering several aspects: isolation and characterization of MSC; expansion of MSC for clinical use; production and characterization of the MSC secretome. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, the method chapters include introductions to their respective topics, complete lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting which will help the researcher to avoid known pitfalls.

Authoritative and cutting-edge, Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Methods and Protocols, Second Edition, aims to ensure successful results in the further study of this vital field.

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