The power of stem cells does not stop at cord blood, and CorCell is proud to announce that we offer cord tissue collection services as well. Stem cells taken from umbilical cord tissue went under their first clinical trials in 1995 and are now in over 200 clinical trials for a wide range of therapeutic applications. These treatments can potentially help not only your baby, but your entire family as well.
What is in Umbilical Cord Tissue?
The umbilical cord itself is comprised of two arteries and one vein. These blood vessels are supported within the cord by a “jelly-like” tissue matrix called Wharton’s Jelly, which was originally discovered by Thomas Wharton in the 17th Century. Wharton’s Jelly has been shown to contain numerous primitive Mesenchymal-like cells, called Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). This jelly-like matrix is often referred to as Cord Tissue.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
In contrast to the majority of stem cells found in cord blood, termed hematopoietic stem cells, Mesenchymal Stem Cells have the capacity to differentiate into a variety of non-blood forming cell types that can form other tissues such as bone, cartilage, nerves and fat. These MSCs can be readily harvested from a small section of the umbilical cord and cryopreserved in the same way that has been performed on cord blood for the past 25 years. In addition, MSCs can be readily grown and expanded in the laboratory, providing an almost limitless source of these cells for potential regenerative medical procedures.
What can Cord Tissue Potentially Treat?
Mesenchymal cells are currently under clinical trials to treat the following diseases:
- Heart Disease
- Cartilage Injury
- Autoimmune diseases
Looking towards the Future
MSCs can expand and differentiate into various cell types. Because of these two important attributes, future expansion methods may be able to replicate a limitless amount of these cells so that they can be used over and over again for different treatments. The great thing about cord tissue is that the Mesenchymal cells are just one part of the umbilical cord — there may be other cells within the cord that have restorative properties as well.
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