Adapts to any job: sugar for stem cell arthritis treatment.

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Adapts to any job: sugar for stem cell arthritis treatment.



Polysaccharides are sugars that play an important role in the structure of matrix material- the stuff that holds cells together.
These materials are being investigated as possible stem cell scaffolds. These polysaccharides can be turned into gels rapidly and
therefore can be injected into a damaged joint easily. Among these are agarose and alginate which are derived from algae.
Hyaluronic acid is already being used as a palliative osteoarthritis treatment but is also considered a possible scaffold. The
last polysaccharide is chitosan which has shown excellent results when used in a sheep model of osteoarthritis.
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