Placenta-derived stem cells: new hope for cell therapy?

Ornella Parolini, Marco Evangelista, Maddalena Soncini

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Abstract

An urgent current need in regenerative medicine is that of identifying a plentiful, safe and ethically acceptable stem cell source for the development of therapeutic strategies to restore functionality in damaged or diseased organs and tissues. In this context, human term placenta represents a prime candidate, as it is available in nearly unlimited supply, is ethically problem-free and easily procured. Placental cells display differentiation capacity toward all three germ layers, while also displaying immunomodulatory effects, therefore supporting the possibility that they could be applied in an allogeneic transplantation setting. Although promising data have been reported to date, further study is required to fully characterize the differentiation potential of placenta-derived cells and to identify their possible clinical applications. Here, we provide a snapshot of current knowledge regarding the potential of cells from the amniotic membrane of human term placenta to address current shortcomings in the field of regenerative medicine.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Placenta-derived stem cells: new hope for cell therapy?
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)33-42
Numero di pagine10
RivistaCytotechnology
Volume58
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2008

Keywords

  • Placenta-derived cells, Amnion, Fetal membranes, Cell therapy

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