Apr 16, 2010

The Adipose-derived Stem Cell:Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis, Stem Cell Therapy

Over a decade has passed since the discovery of stem cells in fat tissue.  Dr. Pat Zuk at UCLA has just published an incredible review article on the history and current status of the adipose stem cell.  This review covers the discover and the rise of the adipose stem cell to be one of the “most popular adult stem cells currently being explored today” according to Dr. Zuk.  There is an excellent review table that shows the many, many articles on the research activity around the adipose stem cell, but more importantly, also shows the many current and past human clinical trials in real diseases such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis.  This quote says it all:  “Looking back, the isolation of the ASC (adipose stem cell) seemed to preface a decade that could easily be named the “decade of the adult stem cell.”  I have emailed Dr. Zuk copies of the Vet-Stem published clinical trials with hopes she will include them in future publications since our data shows the striking clinical benefit in dogs and horses with arthritis and improvement in their quality of life.  Please check out the related blog post on the Vet-Stem Dog Arthritis clinical trial. Also you can download the actual paper on the clinical trial at Vet-Stem.com.