What are stem cells?
Stem cells, also known as “mother” cells, are cells with enormous versatility and with two characteristics that differentiate them from the rest of our body cells:
- The ability to self-renew indefinitely
- The ability to differentiate into multiple cell lines.
These two characteristics mean that these cells are used daily in the treatment of more than 80 diseases acting in terms of tissue repair and, consequently, in the treatment of many diseases resulting from cellular dysfunction. These are the cases of hemato-oncological diseases and diseases in the field of regenerative medicine.
We can find adult stem cells in the bone marrow, in mobilized peripheral blood and in umbilical cord blood and tissue. In this case, BebéVida stores cells obtained from blood and umbilical cord tissue, although we are prepared to store cells from other sources in the future.
Stem cells can be divided into 2 types:
Hematopoietic – which differ in blood cell lines and which have been considered by current research as elements of great importance in hematological and oncological therapies, such as leukemias, lymphomas and anemias.
Mesenchymal – these are undifferentiated cells with the capacity for self-renewal and multiplication and can differentiate into other cell lines.
Sources of Stem Cells
Bone Marrow, Peripheral Blood, Adipose Tissue, Mucosa, Dental pulp.
BebéVida focuses its activity on the processing and cryopreservation of stem cells from:
- Umbilical cord blood
- Umbilical cord tissue
Umbilical cord blood
Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Hematopoietic cells, which differ in blood cell lines, have been considered by current research as elements of great importance in hematological and oncological therapies, such as leukemias, lymphomas and anemias.
Umbilical Cord Tissue
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Mesenchymal cells are undifferentiated cells with the capacity for self-renewal and multiplication and can differentiate into other cell lines.
With these cells dozens of clinical trials are taking place in the most diverse pathologies. They are expected to be a fundamental part in the treatment of neurological and cardiac diseases and in other pathologies such as diabetes.