Journal of Stem Cells

Editor-in-Chief: Prasad S. Koka, PhD
ISSN: 1556-8539
Frequency: Quarterly
Print Binding: Softcover
Print Size: 8.5″ x 11″, Double column

The archive of Journal of Stem Cells (2006-2021) contains papers on all aspects of stem cell research, including, but not limited to, the following topics.

Reproduction of Stem Cells: Self-renewal (role of transcription factors), multilineage differentiation, signaling pathways in differentiation, totipotency and pluripotency
Embryonic Stem Cells: Organ generation (Organogenesis), sites of proliferation and differentiation, trans-dermal differentiation, and organ specific trans-localization and development
Hematopoietic Stem Cells: Early (primitive) and late progenitors, differentiation (role of c-Mpl, thrombopoietin, homeobox, cytokines, growth factors, inhibitors)
Neural Stem Cells: Sites of generation and localization
Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Beneficial roles of these cellular factors in clinical applications including bodily injury and transplantation
Cardiovascular Stem Cells: Cardiomyocytes, Endothelial cells
Stem Cells in Disease: Stem cells in congenital cytopenias, Stem cells in infection (HIV, hepatitis, other), Stem cells in cancer and leukemia (abnormal proliferation), Stem cells in autoimmune diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetes, Stem cells in Parkinson’s, Stem cells in retina and Glaucoma (optic-nerve cell degeneration), Stem cells in aging including Alzheimer’s, Stem cells in regeneration and degeneration
Chimeric Animal Models for Human Stem Cells: Stem cell transplantation and reconstitution in vivo
Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation and Reconstitution: Different species and including primates and humans for studies on development, localization, and therapeutic strategies
Gene Delivery through Stem Cells: Vectors, lineage specificity of endogenous and exogenous stem cell gene expression
Stem Cells in Therapy: Therapeutic regeneration of molecularly engineered and transplanted autologous stem cells in neurological and cardiovascular diseases due to inability of self-regeneration / repair of endogenous stem cells at sites of inflammation or disease
Cancer Stem Cells: In vivo generation, role in malignancies such as disease development, progression including to next phase, relapse, metastasis, susceptibility in cancer treatment, presence in terminal phase of illness
Regenerative Medicine
Translational Research
Current and New Perspectives in Stem Cell Research
Stem Cells and Complementary and Alternative Medicines
Please follow this link and be taken directly to a featured open access article by Prasad S. Koka from Journal of Stem Cells 9#3.

“Biomarker Discovery and Biotherapeutics Applications of Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting and Bioluminescence Light-Emitting Chromophore-Protein Complexes in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine”
Journal of Stem Cells is abstracted in indexes owned by Elsevier (Scopus), ProQuest, EBSCO, and Chemical Abstracts Society (CAS).

Table of Contents

Volume 16 Issue 4
Volume 16 Issue 2-3
Volume 16 Issue 1
Volume 15 Issue 4
Volume 15 Issue 3
Volume 15 Issue 2
Volume 15 Issue 1
Volume 14 Issue 4
Volume 14 Issue 3
Volume 14 Issue 2
Volume 14 Issue 1
Volume 13 Issue 4
Volume 13 Issue 3
Volume 13 Issue 2
Volume 13 Issue 1
Volume 12 Issue 4
Volume 12 Issue 3
Volume 12 Issue 2
Volume 12 Issue 1
Volume 11 Issue 4
Volume 11 Issue 3
Volume 11 Issue 2
Volume 11 Issue 1
Volume 10 Issue 4
Volume 10 Issue 3
Volume 10 Issue 2
Volume 10 Issue 1
Volume 9 Issue 4
Volume 9 Issue 3
Volume 9 Issue 2
Volume 9 Issue 1
Volume 7 Issue 3

Dr. Prasad S. Koka
Professor, Stem Cell Biology
Biomedical Research Institute of Southern California
Oceanside, California, USA

Featured Scientific Article by Dr. Prasad S. Koka
“Biomarker Discovery and Biotherapeutics Applications of Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting and Bioluminescence Light-Emitting Chromophore-Protein Complexes in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine”

This article is available via Open Access: “Biomarker Discovery and Biotherapeutics Applications of Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting and Bioluminescence Light-Emitting Chromophore-Protein Complexes in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine”

Dr. Inger Birgitta Sundell-Ranby
Department of Anthropology
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Dr. Richard K. Burt
Division of Immunotherapy, Department of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dr. Connie J. Eaves
Terry Fox Laboratory
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Ahmed El-Hashash
Biomedicine, Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine
University of Edinburgh-ZJU Institute
Haining, Zhejiang, China

Dr. Stan Gronthos
Hanson Institute
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, Australia

Dr. Wasim Khan
University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Tomohiko Kisaka
Translational Research Center, Hiroshima University
School of Biodesign, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
AIIMS | Hiroshima Uni | IIT Delhi | BCIL | Tottori Uni

Dr. Toshio Kitamura
The Institute of Medical Science
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Dr. J. Michael McCune
Chief, Division of Experimental Medicine
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, California, USA

Dr. Michel Puceat
Faculté de Médecine La Timone
13885 Marseille, France

Dr. Christina M. Ramirez
Professor of Biostatistics
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Los Angeles, California, USA

Dr. David Scadden
Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Alka Sharma
Department of Biotechnology
Ministry of Science and Technology
New Delhi, Delhi, India

Dr. Sarah E. Webb (Ho)
Division of Life Science
HKUST, Clear Water Bay
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Palas Kumar Chanda, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, TX, USA
Debamitra Das, Staff Scientist, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Baltimore, MD, USA
Indulekha Pillai, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Pavan Rajanahalli, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, USA
Rajesh Ranjan, PhD, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Kanchan Sarda, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
Pulavendran Sivasami, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA
Jinyun Yuan, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA


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