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March 3, 2009

Are All Mesenchymal Stem Cells The Same?

Filed under: Stem Cell Basics — Tags: , — stemcelldoc @ 10:34 am

Stem cell therapy continues to expand and gain the attention of patients and politicians.  For many patients, the complexity of the science makes simple decision making difficult.  There are many different types of stem cells.  Mesenchymal stem cells differentiate into cartilage, ligament and bone.  So if you have any orthopedic problem, the stem cell of choice is mesenchymal.

Mesenchymal Stem Cell

Mesenchymal Stem Cell

But are all mesenchymal stem cells of equal potency?  Koga et. al., recently answered this question.   Mesenchymal stem cells from muscle, synovial fluid, bone marrow, and adipose (fat) tissue were examined for the potential to differentiate into cartilage.  The mesenchymal stem cells obtained from bone marrow and synovium had far greater potential to differentiate into cartilage than did the cells obtained from fat and muscles.  What does this mean to you?  If you have an orthopedic problem, your best bet is to utilize bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

Regenexx exclusively utilizes bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells.  The stem cells come from the patient, and therefore there is no risk of disease transmission or rejection.  Regenexx is a novel needle-in, needle out technique which allows patients to use their own stem cells to repair damaged ligaments, cartilage and bone.

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