Stem cells + Growth Factors + “?” = Osteoarthritis Treatment

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Stem cells + Growth Factors + “?” =  Osteoarthritis Treatment

Growing cartilage is sort of like growing plants… Here’s why…
Articular cartilage is notoriously difficult to heal and while stem cells are promising as far as establishing new growth, they do need help. That help comes through the form of scaffolds and growth factors. What growth factors appear to be most promising right now? They are insulin-like growth factor, fibroblast growth factor, transforming growth factor, hepatocyte growth factor, platelet-derived growth factor, Indian hedgehog, parathyroid hormone-related peptide, bone morphogenic protein, and interleukin antagonists.
What do all these confusing things do? Let’s say you’re building a house. You need somebody to help lay the brick or stone, someone to help with the plumbing, another person to do the electrical wiring, another person to put in the cabinets and flooring, and so on. Same thing with cartilage and growth factors.
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