Autophagy in Health and Disease: Potential Therapeutic Approaches (Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine)

This timely volume explores the impact of autophagy in various human diseases, emphasizing the cell biological aspects and focusing on therapeutic approaches to these diseases. 

The chapters cover autophagy and its potential applications on diseases ranging from obesity, osteoarthritis, pulmonary fibrosis, and inflammation, through ALS, Parkinson’s, retinal degeneration, breast cancer, alcoholic liver disease and more. The final chapters round out the book with a discussion of autophagy in drug discovery and ‘bench to bedside’. Chapters are contributed by leading authorities and describe the general concepts of autophagy in health and disease, marrying cell biology and pharmacology and covering: studies derived from preclinical experiments, manufacturing considerations,and regulatory requirements pertaining to drug discovery and manufacturing and production. This volume will be useful for basic scientists as well as already practicing clinicians and advanced graduate students.

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Frontiers in Pluripotent Stem Cells Research and Therapeutic Potentials Bench-To-Bedside

Pluripotent stem cells have garnered tremendous interest in recent years, which is primarily driven by the hope of finding a cure for several debilitating human diseases. Cell transplantation (regeneratve medicine) offers considerable therapeutic potential. The procedure employs pluripotent stem cells as these have the inherent ability to reproduce indefinitely and have the ability to produce over 200 different types of cells constituting the human body. The isolation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) from embryos and their successful culture in a petri dish in 1998 has been considered as a major breakthrough that is set to shape stem cell research in the 21st century. This has been followed by another remarkable breakthrough in 2006 when scientists demonstrated for the first time that such pluripotent stem cells could be produced from adult somatic tissues without having to use human embryos. These pluripotent stem cells are called the induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Both hESCs and iPS cells – highly versatile cells – could pave the way for alleviating patients suffering from diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more. This book brings together the information from the last decade on stem cells, compiled by reputed research experts. Readers will learn all aspects of pluripotent stem cells from basic biology to their use in understanding disease process, toxicology, drug discovery and in developing therapeutic strategies. Research on these cells, including transitional and translational aspects, is explained with the aid of extensive figures, colour photographs, and tables. This book is a valuable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates, scientists, embryologists, tissue engineers, doctors and biomedical scientists interested in stem cell research and medicine.

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Gene and Cell Therapy: Therapeutic Mechanisms and Strategies, Fourth Edition

The Most Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Book on Using Gene and Cell Therapy in Clinical Medicine

Gene and Cell Therapy: Therapeutic Mechanisms and Strategies, Fourth Edition presents extensive background and basic information, state-of-the-art technologies, important achievements, and lingering challenges in the fields of gene and cell therapies. The fourth edition of this bestseller continues to provide the most comprehensive coverage of these fields in one volume. Some chapters have expanded introductions, making the book even more suitable for classroom use. This edition also offers more material on the contributors’ research efforts as well as current technologies, disease targets, and clinical applications.

Divided into four sections, the book covers:

  • Delivery systems and therapeutic strategies
  • Other therapeutic strategies, including technologies that knock down gene expression
  • Gene expression, regulation, and detection
  • Gene and cell therapies, disease targets, clinical trials, and regulatory issues

Accessible to a broad audience, including students, scientists, physicians, and lay people, this book provides readers with up-to-date, interdisciplinary knowledge and tools to tackle the evolving areas of gene therapy, cell therapy, and tissue engineering. From introductory information to state-of-the-art technologies and concepts, the book helps readers understand vector design and construction, delivery systems, therapeutic strategies, gene expression and detection, disease targets, clinical applications and trials, cell-based therapies, novel imaging systems, gene regulation, and regulatory affairs.

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