Role of Placenta-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Human Health and Disease

A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059). This special issue belongs to the section "Cell Biology and Pathology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 253

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Dear Colleagues,

The placenta is a temporary organ that regulates the exchange of nutrients, metabolites, gases, antibodies, and all that is required to establish the environment where a fetus can develop until birth. Several cell types of maternal and fetal origins contribute to accomplishing these functions. At full term, the placenta is usually discarded but it represents an abundant source of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and thus could provide cell precursors for cell therapy. In addition to their self-renewal ability, immunomodulatory properties, and plasticity, placenta-derived MSCs are neither teratogenic nor liable of ethical limitations. 

As compared to MSCs derived from bone marrow and from other tissues, placenta-derived MSCs remain under-investigated. Given the development of tissue engineering, cellular therapies and artificial organs, there will be an increasing need for cells endowed with plasticity and trophic properties. This Special Issue aims to collect reviews and research papers describing the functional properties and the potential of MSCs and any other aspect that may help to take advantage of this precious resource for regenerative therapies.

Dr. Luca Giacomello
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