A study at Stanford University has found a new way to regenerate and repair cartilage with stem cells. On the subject Dr. Yüksel Büküşoğlu gave information.
Dr. Yüksel Büküşoğlu stated that the joint cartilage is very important for our movements and said that treatments that prevent and renew the knee and hip cartilage tissue without surgery gain great importance. Dr. Büküşoğlu said, “A new study at Stanford University has found a new chemical signaling pathway that directs stem cells to regenerate and repair cartilage in joints. Researchers have found a way to influence stem cells to produce normal cartilage.
In this study, the researchers first used a molecule called BMP2 to initiate bone tissue formation. Then they stopped the bone formation process halfway through with another molecule called VEGF.
As a result of this process, the formation of cartilage tissue with the same type of cells and mechanical properties as natural cartilage was observed. It was seen that this new cartilage tissue obtained has the potential to restore mobility and significantly reduce knee and hip pain in people with joint calcification, that is, osteoarthritis.
With the innovations in stem cell therapy, it is possible to prevent osteoarthritis, that is, joint calcification disorders, by renewing and rejuvenating the cartilage tissue in knee and hip joint calcifications without completely deteriorating it, without surgery.