Creation of hematopoietic stem cells in the laboratory
Published on: 26/06/2017

Two separate scientific teams managed to create, for the first time in a laboratory environment, stem cells that produce blood, something which is expected to change the treatment of genetic diseases and hematologic cancers.
Blood cells are created by hematopoietic stem cells found in the bone marrow and they appear during the development of the fetus. Theoretically, all of a person's blood could be reproduced from a single hematopoietic stem cell.

The first research team, headed by George Daley, Dean of Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, transformed human pluripotent stem cells into endothelial cells via chemical signals. The latter were transformed via genetic engineering into immature hematopoietic stem cells and were transplanted into the bone marrow of adult mice. After a few weeks, they produced various kinds of human blood cells.

The second research team, headed by Shahin Rafii, Cornell University Medical School, New York, converted endothelial cells from adult mice into hematopoietic stem cells, capable of producing all kinds of blood cells.

According to Dr. Daley, "in the future, it will be possible to get endothelial cells from healthy donors, reschedule them to the laboratory to turn them into hematopoietic stem cells and then to insert them into patients. In the next step, the process could be done with the patient's own cells, aiming at the personalized treatment of leukemia".

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