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Bone marrow stands above all others as the best source of stem cells. Here’s why…
Although the science of stem cell therapy has seen rapid advancement in recent years- particularly in the discovery that adult stem cells (autologous) could be found in blood (venous) and bone marrow- the use of bone marrow in stem cell treatment has been in practice since the 1950s. Today, through the use of stem cell therapy, the inherent healing properties of bone marrow has been put forth to address a variety of illnesses and chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
In stem cell research, each source for stem cells (blood and bone marrow) possess a different type of stem cell (hematopoietic or mesenchymal), and each of these cell types contain a specific set of biological properties that interact with the body in separate ways. Typically, patients would have a choice between hematopoietic or mesenchymal cells and the benefits they represent, but bone marrow is remarkable because it possesses both, offering the highest regenerative capacity for lungs.
Bone marrow continues to offer the best variety of health benefits inherent in these two cell types, and with your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to explore this fundamental source of adult stem cells.
What Is Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow is the soft, sponge-like substance that fills the inner cavities of bones. It is here that blood is produced. Within that soft, spongy bone marrow are tiny spaces where blood, stem cells and signaling factors are held. Those stem cells can be either hematopoietic or mesenchymal:
Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC)
- Stimulates stem cells from other areas of the body to come to the site of damage
- Encourages the growth of new blood vessels and vasculature.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)
- Produce bioactive factors including cytokines and various growth factors.
- Contribute to tissue maintenance and repair due to inherent anti-inflammatory properties.
- Influence the immune system, promoting cell development maturation.
- Growth Factor- naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating: cellular growth, proliferation, healing and cellular differentiation; usually in the form of a protein.
- Cytokines- category of small proteins that are important in cell signaling affecting the behavior of other cells (see signaling factors).
Collecting Bone Marrow
In collecting bone marrow, the Lung Institute uses the best techniques available to make this quick and common procedure as comfortable as possible. After local anesthesia is administered, the body will experience a gentle numbness as bone marrow fluid is extracted; the entire procedure lasts about 30 minutes.
Bone Marrow in Use
Because bone marrow possesses both hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells, bone marrow stands as the leading source of stem cells within the body. As this mixed group of stem cells are reintroduced into the body, they work together to reduce inflammation within the lungs as well as promote healing. Through the blend of both stem cell types and signaling factors, they serve to address both the symptoms of chronic lung disease as well its progression.
Today stem cell treatments using bone marrow are now being harnessed in new ways to help those suffering from lung disease. Celebrated for its diverse healing properties and efficacy, bone marrow has been critical in addressing the symptoms and progression of COPD and other chronic lung diseases.
As the scientific community continues to put their best minds to the task of solving the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering quality of life for those who need it most.
If you’re looking to take control of your health, the time is now. If you or a loved one have COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.
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