Stem cell differences… which might be best for osteoarthritis treatment?

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Stem cell differences… which might be best for osteoarthritis treatment?



Although stem cells isolated from different tissues show similar physical characteristics, it is not clear whether these are the same stem cells, and they clearly show different abilities as far as proliferation and differentiation potential in response to stimulation with various growth factors. This is important when it comes to treatment for osteoarthritis. A study that compared human stem cells derived from bone marrow, periosteum, synovium (joint lining), muscle, and fat revealed that synovium-derived stem cells had the highest capacity for cartilage transformation, followed by bone marrow-derived and periosteum-derived stem cells. So clearly… there is a difference among stem cells.
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