World 3rd Menstrual Stem Cell Banking Opened in Iran

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 10:14

The world 3rd menstrual stem cell banking has been opened in Avicenna Fertility Center which would be used for developing stem cells to treat various disorders.

According to an ISCA report, menstrual blood appears to be a rich and easily accessible source of adult stem cells and only India and the United States have owned the menstrual stem cell blood banking in the world so far.

Menstrual blood can be used to develop nine different types of cells including heart, nerve, lung, muscle, liver, pancreatic, fat, bone and nerve cells that form the lining inside the blood vessels. It is a painless non-invasive manner as compared to some other stem cell sources such as bone marrow.

Menstrual blood-derived stem cells are a novel source of stem cells that can be ideal for the treatment of female infertility, menopause and some other diseases.

Advantages of Menstrual Blood Stem Cells

1. Higher Potential compared to similar cells from the bone marrow, and hence can potentially be used across a wider range of applications.

2. Higher proliferative properties compared to similar cells from bone marrow, allows them to multiply for longer duration without damages to DNA and hence larger numbers can be obtained on expansion from small initial numbers.

3. Multiple Dosages are possible by obtaining unlimited numbers of purified mesenchymal stem cells for therapeutic use for more than once.

4. Painless and harmless procedure allowing simple, easy & convenient collection of menstrual blood.

5. High Patient safety since these cells are well tolerated, with no patient death, no toxicity or any adverse side effects reported thus, holding the potential for a large-scale clinical use.

Menstrual blood cells are unique, although they have many properties and characteristics similar to both bone marrow and embryonic stem cells; they multiply rapidly and can differentiate into many other types of stem cells such as neural, cardiac, bone, fat, cartilage and possibly others; demonstrating great promise for future use in clinical regenerative medical therapies.

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