Medical treatments with Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs)
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are one of the most famous stem cell type used in medicine. They have been shown to be effective for a wide range of diseases with a minimal risk profile. At the same time several hundred clinical studies are ongoing to investigate their regenerative abilities in greater detail. From a biological point-of-view, they are progenitor cells of connective tissues. This means that they are important for building and maintaining the healthy status of connective tissues throughout the whole body, and are known as stromal stem cells.
Likewise, they possess the ability to differentiate into a spectrum of other cell types, including chondrocytes (cartilage cells), osteoblasts (bone cells), adipocytes (fat cells), etc. This property classifies them as “multipotent stem cells” (being able to transform into many cell types).
There are several reasons of why they are the leading stem cell type in medical applications and clinical trials on humans:
- They are relatively easy to harvest and be isolated from:
- Fat tissue, known as adMSCs (adipose derived MSCs)
- Bone Marrow, known as bmMSCs (bone marrow MSCs)
- Umbilical Cord, known as ucMSC (umbilical cord MSCs)
- MSCs are relatively stable to culture and expand in the laboratory
- They can go through relatively many division cycles without losing their expression profile, health and division potential
- Numerous animal, clinical and scientific data collected for various disease models, including neurodegenerative diseases
- They possess little to no potential to grow into cancer cells
- As recent research revealed, their stem cell secretome profile is extraordinarily beneficial because it displays a wide range of regenerative and protective abilities to the body
- As such, MSCs are our favorite source for making our Stem Cell Secretome therapies.
Confocal microscopy image of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) with florescence staining
All this knowledge lead the scientists of our German Stem Cell Clinic to offer a new generation of Stem Cell treatments: The Stem Cell Secretome. The secretome contains high concentrations of active components, e.g. growth factors and cytokines, responsible for their regenerative powers. ANOVA is the first clinic in Europe to apply Stem Cell Secretome Therapy for patients from all over the world. For more information on secretome (stem cell-based) treatments, please feel free to contact us.
Why do Mesenchymal Stem Cells have so much healing potential?
The Figure illustrates the effects of MSCs in clinical use. The therapeutic potential of MSCs relies on several unique properties as 1) the capacity to differentiate into various cell lineage, 2) the ability to secrete paracrine factors initiating healing and regeneration in the surrounding cells, 3) the ability to reduce inflammation and regulate immune response, 4) the ability to migrate to the exact site of injury. Figure from .
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