25 Nov Mesenchymal Adult Stem Cell Treatments
Almost exactly 40 years ago, in 1981, scientists first discovered and derived stem cells from a research study using mice. The goal of the study was to derive stem cells from the inner cell mass of a mouse blastocyst and these were later classified as embryonic stem cells. The years that followed this revolutionary discovery were riddled with controversy over moralities and ethical disputes because of the public and political leaders’ lack of scientific understanding. Up until recently in the past 5 to 10 years or so, stem cell therapy has been a highly polarized branch of science and medicine and in some regards still is today.
We now understand that embryonic stem cells firstly aren’t the only type of stem cells that can be isolated and or even the most commonly used or effective type of stem cell in the body. The Advanced Stem Cell Institute in Los Angeles offers a variety of different types of stem cell therapies including mesenchymal (adult) stem cells, umbilical cord blood stem cells, and bone marrow-derived stem cells just to name a few. Our specialists will decide which type of therapy is right for you based on your situation or ailment.
MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS
Mesenchymal Stem Cells or MSCs are classified as a range of different adult stem cells found in the human body. These stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to become specialized based on the location of the injury and have the ability to replace damaged cells and tissues to stimulate and hurry the body’s natural process of healing. Mesenchymal Stem Cells have a range of different sources in the body including, the adipose (fat) tissues, umbilical cord tissue or cord blood, bone marrow, and even the amniotic fluid from a donor.
These cells have the ability to differentiate into cartilage, muscle tissue, bone cells, skin cells, and even nerve or neural cells. These are the most commonly used types of stem cells at the Advanced Stem Cell Institute in Los Angeles and below, we will explore umbilical cord blood stem cells as well as bone marrow sourced stem cells.
UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS
These types of stem cells are classified as Mesenchymal Stem Cells and are sourced from the umbilical cord or the Wharton’s Jelly after childbirth. Because most umbilical cords are discarded after birth, this source of stem cells carries no risk and makes use of what would otherwise go to waste. Stem cell therapy using umbilical cord blood stem cells is highly effective in comparison to other MSCs as these cells are much younger and have the potential to transform into any type of cell necessary in the body. These cells also tend to replicate faster leading to a better overall process of healing after the injection therapy because of their youthfulness and vitality.
BONE MARROW STEM CELLS
Our body’s bone marrow is a highly important part of our immune system that helps us fight off infection and disease, as well as being an effective source of stem cells. Like umbilical cord stem cells, bone marrow stem cells are another type of mesenchymal adult stem cell located in the body. These cells are found in the large bones of the body including the hip bone, the femur, and the breast bone. Our stem cell doctors in Los Angeles are able to isolate the stem cells produced in the bone marrow and inject them back into the patient’s body at the site of injury or disease.
Bone marrow mostly consists of hemopoietic blood stem cells that can differentiate into fat, bone, and cartilage tissue. Bone marrow stem cell treatments are often used to combat various types of cancers and can help in the treatment of tuberculosis. Contact the Advanced Stem Cell Institute stem cell therapy in Los Angeles to get started on your path towards recovery and healing today!