The main objective of this book is to present a thorough update on stem cell research and the potential therapeutic applications of stem cells. The text is structured following a path that starts from the molecular basics and the biological properties of pluripotent, embryonic or reprogrammed stem cells, and it compares the different degrees of stemness, while describing the adult stem populations residing in the various tissues and organs of the human body. Starting from basic research, the book discusses examples of regenerative medicine that translate the experimental findings into clinical applications of cell therapy. Finally, the book reviews how stem cells represent a model to understand not only the physiological mechanisms that control their fate, but also the pathological mechanisms involved in the aberrant biology of cancer stem cells. Each chapter has been conceived by distinguished researchers in the field who provide detailed and updated contributions that distill knowledge in a very readable text.
Laura Bonsi is Associate Professor of Histology at the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine of the University of Bologna.
Francesco Alviano is Assistant Professor of Histology at the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine of the University of Bologna.
Prof. Bonsi and Dr. Alviano are authors of numerous scientific papers published in international journals. They coordinate the Biotechnology Laboratory of Human Stem Cells at the University of Bologna, that is focused on the study of stem cells isolated from different sources, above all from extraembryonic tissues such as the placenta, the umbilical cord, and the fetal membranes. They are longterm members of the International Placenta Stem Cell Society (IPLASS).