Stem cell plasticity… what is it and why is it important for osteoarthritis treatment?

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Stem cell plasticity… what is it and why is it important for osteoarthritis treatment?



In the classic movie, The Graduate, there is a memorable scene early in the film. Dustin Hoffman plays the role of a recent college graduate. He is at a party when an older gentleman asks him what he wants to do, meaning what kind of business does he want to go into. When Hoffman mumbles he really isn’t sure, the man takes him by the arm and whispers in his ear, the word, “plastics”.
When it comes to stem cell technology, this word has special meaning…
Why is stem cell plasticity important? The blood contains cells with many forms and functions. The ultimate source of these cells is called the hematopoetic stem cell. The primary source for these cells is the bone marrow. The bone marrow is also a source for another type of stem cell, the mesenchymal stem cell, a cell that is the progenitor of various forms of connective tissue, including cartilage.
Regardless of type, all stem cells are plastic… there’s that word again. That means they have the ability have the ability to regenerate and repair. This has led to the idea that “adult” HSCs and MSCs, if placed in the proper environment can serve as a “repair shop” for connective tissues such as cartilage.
Channeling this ability is what cartilage repair for osteoarthritis is all about.
I invite you to contact us for a free portfolio of information on how stem cells can help you if you have osteoarthritis. You’ll discover more details about the procedure and most importantly, the results. Thanks for watching.
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