bioLiverCell is a startup within the Leonhardt Ventures Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator and Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah focused on liver regeneration.

The company utilizes bioelectric stimulation to control release of specific proteins on demand for specific regenerative purposes in sequence:

1. SDF-1 (stem cell homing factor – recruits a persons own stem cells to stimulated tissues).

2. VEGF (for new blood vessel growth).

3  IGF-1 (for DNA repair at the nucleus level). 

4. Follistatin (for muscle and tissue regeneration).

5. RANKL (for demineralization and tissue loosening when needed).

6. Hepatocyte Growth Factor  (tissue regeneration)

7. eNOS (for dilating blood vessels for increasing flow).

8.  Tropoelastin (increases elasticity of any tissues such as skin, arteries, aorta, heart and promotes healing of wounds). 

9. Activin

In extreme cases we combine our regeneration microstimulator with an implantable, programmable, re-fillable stem cell/growth factor micro pump.

In cases of liver cancer we have special signals to stop tumor cell division and blood supply followed by the above regeneration protocol. 

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Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2016 Mar 3:ajpgi.00056.2016. Epub 2016 Mar 3.

Laurie D DeLeveXiangdong WangLei Wang

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In liver injury, recruitment of bone marrow progenitors of liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (now named sprocs) is necessary for normal liver regeneration. Hepatic VEGF is a central regulator of the recruitment process. Here we examine whether stromal cell derived factor-1 (sdf-1 or CXCL-12) acts downstream from VEGF to mediate recruitment of bone marrow sprocs, what the sdf-1 receptor type (CXCR4 or CXCR7) is on sprocs, and whether sdf-1 signaling is required for normal liver regeneration.

Studies were performed in the rat partial hepatectomy model. Tracking studies of bone marrow sprocs were performed in wild type Lewis rats that had undergone bone marrow transplantation from transgenic EGFP+ Lewis rats. Knockdown studies were performed using anti-sense oligonucleotides.

Expression of sdf-1 doubles in liver and in LSECs after partial hepatectomy. The upregulation of sdf-1 expression increases proliferation of sprocs in the bone marrow, mobilization of CXCR7+ bone marrow sprocs to the circulation, and engraftment of CXCR7+ bone marrow sprocs in the liver, and promotes liver regeneration. Knockdown of hepatic VEGF with anti-sense oligonucleotides decreases hepatic sdf-1 expression and plasma sdf-1 levels. When the effect of VEGF knockdown on sdf-1 is offset by infusion of sdf-1, VEGF knockdown-induced impairment of BM sproc recruitment after partial hepatectomy is completely attenuated and liver regeneration is normalized.

These data demonstrate that the VEGF-sdf-1 pathway regulates recruitment of CXCR7+ bone marrow sprocs to the hepatic sinusoid after partial hepatectomy and is required for normal liver regeneration.


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  2. BMSCs support liver repair through the delivery of growth factors that promote liver regeneration, fibrosis resolution or new blood vessel formation
    • Of specific interest, BMSCs upregulate HGF which may play a role in diminishing fibrosis

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