Exciting New News on the Stem Cell Front

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...

Exciting New News on the Stem Cell Front






Today’s episode is about…New work with adult mesenchymal stem cells. Kimberly Retzlaff writing in the Rheumatologist reported about some exciting therapeutic possibilities for osteoarthritis. According to Dr. Rocky Tuan, director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, MSCs possess both tissue building as well as tissue regenerating properties. It is therefore, theoretically possible to remake the entire joint structure including cartilage, tendon, ligaments, muscle, and bone. Dr Tuan states, “They can become, with some coaxing, all of these things.”
Dr. Tuan and his team are using MSCs to create cartilage and help regrow it in an animal model of posttraumatic OA. To test its clinical application, they used a mini-pig model and drilled out an 8 mm defect in the knee cartilage. After implanting a xenograft with humans MSCs seeded within a nanofibrous scaffold, they saw significant cartilage repair at six months post implantation.

Author’s Google+

Comments are closed.