Special Issue "Stem Cells and Immunomodulation"

A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059). This special issue belongs to the section "Immunology and Immunotherapy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2023) | Viewed by 283

Special Issue Editor

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, “Alma Mater Studiorum” Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Interests: stem cells; histological modeling of human tissues; three-dimensional (3D) cultures; perinatal stem cells; spheroids; organoids; antimicrobial factors; natural compounds; regenerative medicine; biomaterials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to provide new insights into the effect of stem cells (SCs) on damaged and pro-healing cells, within the contribution of the immune system.Mesenchymal/stromal stem cells (MSCs) and perinatal stem cells are a versatile source for cell therapies, promoting tissue regeneration. Beyond their differentiation potential, human SCs modulate the immune response, which has a critical role in the onset or progression of many diseases. This immunomodulatory property is a significant tool used to counteract the damage caused by unbalanced or persistent tissue inflammation. Unfortunately, clinical applications are not possible before a detailed description of the beneficial link between SCs and immune system effectors is defined.  Despite years of pre-clinical investigation, many SC-based clinical trials have not yielded satisfactory results. To prevent conflicting results, researchers should discover new mechanisms of action and deepen their knowledge on the ability to inhibit pro-inflammatory reactions and stimulate the anti-inflammatory response by clinically acceptable SCs.We encourage the submission of original research articles or review that describe the interesting interplay between stem cells and specific tissue-resident cells in co-cultures and organoid platforms. Manuscripts that show how stem cells alleviate tissue degeneration and infectious diseases are highly welcome, as well as those that discuss the protective and preventive effects in relevant cell players. Animal model reports and in vivo studies may be considered if relevant and corroborated by in vitro models.By contributing to this Special Issue, a better understanding of the effects mediated by the direct and indirect interactions between SCs and other specific cell types will advance the design of immunomodulation strategies. This will be an essential step for the widely successful transplantation of GMP-grade stem cell therapies or for specifically involved stem cell-free factor delivery, for the treatment of difficult-to-treat diseases and to offer new possible strategies to ameliorate current therapies.

Dr. Pasquale Marrazzo
Guest Editor

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  • pre-conditioning and priming of stem cells
  • new immunomodulatory assays
  • immunomodulation in 3D cell culture, organoids and spheroids
  • novel immunomodulatory properties of stem cells
  • antimicrobial stem cells
  • wharton jelly and umbilical cord stem cells
  • novel immune targets of stem cell factors
  • immunotolerance by stem cells
  • immunophenotyping of new stem cell sources
  • immunomodulation by progenitor cells

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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