A group of researchers from Newcastle University discovered a novel way to preserve and prolong lifespans of mesenchymal stem cells. Although substantial research documents the multipurpose efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in wound healing, its adoption into mainstream healthcare has been challenging. Traditionally, adipose stem cells extracted from patients have to be handled in specialized conditions as they do not survive well outside the body. The Newcastle researchers encapsulated the stem cells in an alginate gel, prolonging the cells’ lives for up to three days in ambient temperatures and conditions. This protocol may offer a simple solution to the quagmire of transporting adipose cell cultures for treatment options.
Dr Stephen Swioklo describes the process: “The stem cells are grown from the standard frozen form and then mixed into the alginate solution. This is extracted from a type of brown algae, a seaweed commonly used in food and medical applications.’ The alginate encapsulation offers protection from the external environment. This solution may also be applied to stem cell beads or gels, which can then be used to create stem cell plasters and bandages. This new technology would allow stem cells to be placed directly onto an open wound with a stem cell bandage.
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