Adipose Stem Cells
The Future of Regenerative Medicine
Adipose stem cells (ASC) are also referred to as "mesenchymal stem cells," (MSC).
The ability of ASC's to differentiate into skin cells, nerve cells, bone cells, muscle cells, cartilage, and more complex organ tissue such as liver cells or heart cells, opens the door to new and previously unavailable therapies that enable doctors to literally grow new cartilage in a knee or shoulder, or improve recovery after a heart attack by regenerating cardiac cells.
In an area of cell research called tissue engineering, doctors have successfully used a patient's own mesenchymal stem cells on a scaffold to grow a new bladder for a patient with bladder cancer, new blood vessels for circulatory diseases, and even a new trachea for an accident victim.
In addition, ASC's can be easily multiplied such that a relatively small amount can be expanded many times which allows a single sample to be useful in multiple treatments.
The Importance of Younger Cells
Younger cells are more proliferative than older cells, meaning they can replicate more rapidly. Additionally, as we age we have fewer and fewer stem cells in our body. Therefore, it is important to preserve your stem cells at the earliest possible age, so you have the highest number of the most potent and active cells for your use in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.