Why Personal Cell Therapy with Adipose-Derived Cells?

Stem cells are located all throughout the body. They are readily available in your bone marrow, adipose tissue, and liver, but are also found in your skin, muscle and brain. When deciding which stem cells might be right for you, we feel as though it’s most important to consider personal cell therapy. Personal cell therapy refers to using your own stem cells with your own DNA. This mitigates the risk of any kind of long-term fallout from using allogeneic stem cells (those from another donor) like graft versus host disease (GVHD). It also mitigates the risk of disease transmission, as most living allogeneic stem cell transfers only undergo a small sampling of infectious disease screening. Your own cells from your own body will not be rejected, nor will they contain any disease not already present in your body (i.e. CMV, Hepatitis, etc.).

Why are Adipose Stem Cells Preferable?

In determining where to harvest the best cells, we prefer to work with those areas that have the highest quantity of your personal stem cells, provide the youngest or most robust cells and thus assure the greatest viability. Ideally, these would be the stem cells found in the umbilical cord from your own birth, but unfortunately, this technology and knowhow didn’t exist when the majority of us were born. Our next best option comes from the cells in and amongst your adipose tissue. Your adipose tissue is loaded with mesenchymal stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, pericytes, and pre-adipocytes, which are all kinds of progenitor, regenerative cells. These cells are found throughout your body, but those which are associated with your adipose tissue are biologically much younger than those found in other locations of your body (i.e. your bone marrow). Since your adipose tissue has a 7-10 year lifespan, the stem cells amongst your adipose tissue remain largely dormant for the majority of their lives. Their telomeres (the end caps of your DNA, which act like a biological clock and shorten as they age) in adipose are significantly longer than those found within bone marrow, making them particularly robust and great cellular candidates for regenerative purposes (Burrow et al. 2017). 

Finally, you can isolate nearly 500 times more stem cells from your adipose tissue than from the same volume of bone marrow.  We believe this provides a better opportunity to repair or replace degenerative cells and thus optimize the healing process

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