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Lifesaving Platelets Created with Stem Cells

Posted by maxi@stemsave.com on Jan 3, 2019 3:32:00 PM

Researchers at Keio University in Tokyo have developed a method to generate platelets negating the need to obtain them from donated blood. Typically, platelets come from blood donations and have an extremely short shelf-life of 5 days. Platelets are vital to a great number and variety of medical procedures as they are responsible for clotting and can prevent patients from bleeding out from serious injuries or during surgeries. Additionally, platelets are difficult to match from donor to patient and donated platelets run the risk of rejection by the recipient. Creating a patient’s own platelets from their own stem cells would negate the need for a donor and virtually eliminate any possibility of rejection. Generating patient specific platelets would also alleviate the shortages that are typical of the current platelet recovery environment.

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Topics: blood cells, mesenchymal stem cells, platelets, stem cell use

Eliminating Blood Shortages with Stem Cells

Posted by devin@stemsave.com on Aug 21, 2017 4:45:00 PM

Researchers from Megakaryon of Japan are using stem cells to derive platelet cells, which are regularly in short supply due to a lack of blood donations. Platelet cells assist in clotting and help stop bleeding in surgery and trauma patients. However, because these cells are derived from blood, not only does a shortage exist, but their shelf-life is a mere 4 days, as they cannot be frozen and stored. The protocol involves the expanding and differentiating stem cells into platelet cells.  These manufactured cells have a   shelf-life of up to 2 weeks and can be administered to patients in need.  The new method has the potential to eliminate the need for blood donations.  

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Topics: stem cell treatments, regenerative medicine, platelets, donor shortage

Lungs Produce Stem Cells That Synthesize Blood

Posted by davids@stemsave.com on Mar 29, 2017 3:05:00 PM

Scientists at the University of California San Francisco have recently found that a majority of the body’s megakaryocytes, which produce platelets, are actually working in the lungs to produce blood, and the lungs also contain and synthesize mesenchymal stem cells that can replace those of the bone marrow when necessary. When the stem cells typically working in the lungs were administered to mice with low platelet levels, or where blood-producing stem cells in the lungs were not present, the stem cells from the working lungs assumed the responsibility of the stem cells that normally carry out this process.

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Topics: megakaryotes, mesenchymal stem cells, platelets

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