Iron regulates the metabolism of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and acts as a genetic control of their fate, preserving their identity and regenerative capacity during tissue maintenance and repair. A group of scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine has described the key components of a molecular pathway that iron regulates. “What we are proposing here with this mechanism is that iron serves like a switchboard and a sensor,” senior author Britta Will told BioWorld. Will is at the Department of Oncology, the Cell Biology Department, and the Ruth and David Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
In a paper published on Feb. 21, 2024, in Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the Versiti Blood Research Institute described how they successfully controlled bleeding for months in hemophilia A models using a siRNA therapy that targeted plasminogen.