Lung Regeneration Made Possible through Stem Cells.

Scientists have found a stem cell line that specializes in restoring lung tissue

Jackson Laboratory scientists have identified the adult lung stem cells p63+/Krt5+ as the specific cell line that specializes in lung regeneration.  In an animal model, professors Frank McKeon, Ph.D. and Wa Xian, Ph.D. observed as the p63+/Krt5+, which typically mature into the lungs’ alveoli, responded to lung damage caused by the H1N1 influenza virus by migrating to the sites of inflammation and restoring the lost tissue. Continue reading

ARDS Treatment Integrates Proteins from Stem Cells.

Scientists have utilized Mesenchymal Stem Cells to reduce inflammation in the lungs of ARDS patients.

A recent study presented at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress has developed a possible treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) by using Mesenchymal Stem Cells [MSC] to reduce inflammation in the lungs. In an animal model, stem cells released proteins that stimulate macrophages (a type of white blood cell) to suppress the excessive immune response that can severely damage a patient’s lungs. Continue reading