Adult Stem Cells, also known as somatic stem cells, are undifferentiated cells that exist in all of us, at all times. Without these amazing little cells, life would cease to exist. Adult stem cells divide and replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissue.
Where are these awesome little cells found and what exactly do they do to keep all of us alive? Keep reading below to find out!
The Human Body
Scientist are now starting to find that many organs and tissues in the body contain stem cells. The stem cells are there to replace other cells as they die.
We mentioned earlier that stem cells are undifferentiated cells. What does undifferentiated even mean? When it comes to stem cells, it means that stem cells are able to turn into other cells in which they come in contact with.
For example, we all know that we have acid in our stomach to help digest our food. Did you know that the acid in your stomach would actually destroy itself if it wasn’t for stem cells?
Stem cells are on the outside of the stomach lining, ready to replace the dead cells that are on the front lines of the stomach acid.
Amniotic fluid, which is the fluid the unborn baby essentially bathes in the womb, contains large amounts of stem cells. The stem cells found in this specific area are referred to as amniotic stem cells.
Typically, this fluid is discarded after testing and pregnancy. However, many mothers are now opting to donate these invaluable stem cells to FDA approved labs who will then distribute the stem cells to facilities, like the Stem Cell Professionals, who may then use the stem cells to help treat orthopedic conditions.
From Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells or iPS Cells are cells that can be made from other stem cells. They make iPS cells from skin, liver, stomach or other mature cells through the introduction of genes that reprogram the cells. This process transforms the adult stem cell into a cell that has all the characteristics of other stem cells such as embryonic stem cells. This is otherwise known as Pluripotent Stem Stem Cells.
Pluripotent cells are able to transform into other different kinds of adult stem cells. This means that once we create the IPS cells we can then turn them back into a variety of different adult stem cells.
Stem Cell Professionals
The Stem Cell Professionals use Amniotic Stem Cells that we mentioned above. We use these amazing stem cells to try and treat people who are suffering from orthopedic conditions such as arthritis.
We mentioned before that stem cells are on the front line, waiting to replace dead cells around the stomach. Research has shown that stem cells also have the ability to regrow cartilage in your joints.
If you have worn away the cartilage in your knees and you’re suffering from symptoms of arthritis, an introduction of stem cells to the affected area could help regrow the cartilage and alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
This outpatient procedure has the potential to be an alternative to surgery and is a relatively fast outpatient procedure. To learn more please contact the Stem Cell Professionals today!