Q.789. What are the Stem Cells?
VIII. STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION
Q.789. What are the Stem Cells?
Stem cells: Class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Commonly, stem cells come from Two ✌ main sources:
during blastocyst phase of embryological developed (embryonic stem cells)].
Adult tissue (adult stem cells).
types are characterized by their potency, or potential to differentiate
into different cell types (e.g. skin, muscle, bone, etc.).
Q.790. What is the role of stem cell
transplantation in RRT?
A. The inadequacy of current ttt. modalities
& insufficiency of donor organs for cadaveric Tx. hv driven a
search for improved methods of dealing é R.F.
The rising concept of cell-based therapeutics
hs provided a framework around which new approaches are being generated,
and its combination é
advances in stem cell research stands to bring both fields to clinical
use. This budding partnership is presently in its very early stages,
but an examination of the cell-based therapies under development clearly shows
the magnitude of the role that stem cells can play. Use of embryonic tissue in research provides valuable
insights but will be a subject of intense societal scrutiny & debate before clinical
application. Embryonic stem (ES) cells, é their ability to generate all, or nearly all, of cell
types in the adult body & a possible source of cells
genetically identical to the donor, hold
great promise but face ethical & political hurdles for human use. Immunoisolation of heterologous
cells by encapsulation creates opport-unities for their safe use.
Future Perspectives: The impact of advances in stem cell technology
on all cell-based therapy for ttt of R.F. is enormous. It’s through
methodologies e.g. promise of stem cells will
be carried forward to clinic. As the understanding of basic ES cell
biology deepens & protocols are developed by wch their
differentiation may be robustly & reproducibly guided toward specific
cell fates in vitro, they will become the answer to
the sourcing question
on wch all cell therapies stand or fall. Differentiation protocols for ES
cells in culture are emerging, as reviewed recently by Heng et al. 2004.
In vitro differentiation into: neural, hematopoietic , osteo/chondrogenic , myogenic
& endothelial hs bn reported.
Clinical applications require the use of human ES cells, and although political climate
in many countries is unfavorable for human ES cell research, progress continues to
be made . Acceptability of nuclear transfer
as a method of generating nonimmunogenic cells for ttt of a particular
individual, is an issue that must be decided.. Generation of cloned human ES
cells by somatic cell nuclear transfer hs, however, been recently reported & continued societal debate will determine
whether this or other techniques for creating nonimmunogenic cell
implants will prevail. In the meantime, it’s the approaches that protect
cell from host & host fr. cell by incorporating immunoisolation barriers that’re
most likely to advance the ttt. of R.F. and other complex disorders,
providing a platform for the greater technological
achievements that lie ahead.
Q.791. Explain how can stem cell transplantation help in organ
Stem cells are
ch.ch. by 👉 their
capacity for self-renewal & ability to differentiate into specificcell types. Levels of competence form the basis of
rise to all 3 embryonic germ layers & extraembryonic
to all 3 germ
layers of the embryo.
multiple cell types,
but not derivatives of all
3 germ layers). Progenitor cells are more lineage-restricted than
stem cells but retain the proliferative capacity lacking in terminally
derivatives of the inner cell mass of the blastocyst, are ⮞the most
primitive cell type likely to find application in cell therapy.
Their potential to generate any given cell type of the embryo makes them in
some ways the👉most
attractive stem cell for
cell therapy but also the one é greatest challenges to surmount in
lab.. The political & ethical questions that surround the use of
cells have added a further layer of complexity to research aimed at bringing
their potential benefits into clinical arena. These f.s hav combined to
intensify the focus on multi-potent adult stem cells such as hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) & neural stem
cells as sources for cell-based therapeutics.
Currently, several potential cell-besed therapies for R.F. are under development & provide a route, direct or indirect, for application of stem cell technology:
(1) Direct route is
exemplified by simple giving of stem cells to the diseased or
injured organ and relies on their
inherent capabilities for differentiation, organization
& integration into existing tissues to restore function.
routes incl.: bio- & tissue-engineering apprearance,
whichch’re based on in vitro differentiation of stem cells & organization
of their derivatives within matrices or in associated é biomaterials
to augment or replace function foll. implantation or as part of an
Q.792. Is there is a role for stem
cell transplantation in treatment of ARF?
Injury to a target organ can be sensed by bone marrow stem cells tht migrate 👉to site of dge, undergo differentiation & promote structural &
This remarkable stem cell capacity prompted an investingation of
the potential of mesenchymal & hematopoietic stem cells to cure
ARF. A model of R. injury induced in mice by anticancer ag. cisplatin
. Injection of “mesenchymal stem” cells (MSC) of male B.M. origin
remarkably protected cisplatin-ttt.ed syngeneic female mice fr. R.
function impairment & severe tubular injury. Y chromosome-containing
cells localized in context of tub. epithelial lining & displayed
binding sites for Lens culinaris lectin,
indicating tht mesenchymal stem cells engraft the dged kidney & differentiate into tub. epithelial cells, ther-eby
restoring R. structure & function. MSC markedly accelerated
tub. proliferation in resp. to cisplatin-induced damage. Hematopoietic stem
cells failed to exert beneficial effects. These results offer a strong
case for possibility tht MSC by their renotropic property
& tub. regenerative potential may have a role in ttt of ARF.
In summary: findings indicate: MSC contribute to renal receovery dur. ARF. In context of regenerative therapies, renotropic prepar-ations of autologous adult stem cells cn be proposed as a safe strategy in humans. Combined administration with growth f.s or molecular engineering of MSC to deliver specific factor to the site of injury wd hopefully aid in maximizing their therapeutic potential.
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