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Authors: Suraksha Agrawal, Piyush Tripathi and Sita Naik (Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Immunology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Raebareli Road, Lucknow (UP) India) 
Book Description:
Although hematopoetic stem cell (HSC) transplantation has been in practice for almost half a century, the improved understanding of stem cells over past two decades has revolutionized this field making it as most promising aspect of translational medicine. HSC are found in small numbers in peripheral blood as compared to bone marrow. However, use of growth factors has opened new avenues to successfully use peripheral blood as source of CD 34+ HSC. These are pluripotent cells that are competent for self renewal and differentiation to a variety of specialized cells and are replenished with fresh cells every day. Recent understanding about their mobilization, homing and plasticity suggest that they can be useful for the maintenance and regeneration of various specialized tissues. This provides an opportunity to explore the specific niche responsible for stem cell plasticity, their trans-differentiation into specific cellular lineages as well the kinetics of their recovery whenever required. The normal physiological microenvironment may be unable to provide a suitable environment for the rapid regeneration of HSC required for coping with tissue damage and may need some external interventions. The autologous stem –cell transplantation (SCT), has decreased risk of graft –versus –host disease, and provides opportunities of external interventions in terms of ex vivo manipulation. In the diseases of hematopoietic and immune system allogeneic transplant remains a better modality but is associated with grave risk of graft –versus –host disease (GVHD). However, in these cases it is needed to engineer the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) graft to remove the cells which cause GVHD or relapse to improve graft functions. Hematopoetic stem cell transplantations have been successful in a variety of diseases including leukemia and other hematopoetic disorders. Though results of HSCT are promising, developing a more mechanistic approach to plasticity and improving the external interventions and ex vivo manipulations may lead to improving the efficiency and speed of regeneration of transplanted cells. This could result in better use and wider application of stem cell based therapies.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Chapter I. Introduction, pp. 1-3

Chapter II. Stem Cell Surface Markers, pp. 5-11

Chapter III. Stem Cell Plasticity, pp. 13-24

Chapter IV. Stem Cell Therapy, pp. 25-41

Chapter V. Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Genetic Disorders, pp. 43-45

References pp.47-64

Index pp.65-77

   Series:
      Stem Cells - Laboratory and Clinical Research
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 77 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-473-5
   Status: AV
  
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