Perinatal stem cells research attracted great interest worldwide in recent years. Foetus-associated tissues contain various populations of stem cells, most of which are comprised within the category of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). This special issue collects both reviews and original reports on all the perinatal stem cell types which are currently under investigation. These cells have multiple promising features: differentiative capacity towards mature cell types of all the three germ layers, hypoimmunogenicity in vitro and in vivo, ease of sourcing, ex vivo culture and stor-age. In particular, immune modulation is viewed as a prom-ising feature of many MSCs populations, since these cells, once administered therapeutically, may be able to overcome, or at least evade, the host immune response which may lead to acute or chronic rejection of the transplant .
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||CURRENT STEM CELL RESEARCH & THERAPY|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Medicine (miscellaneous)