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What are Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

The mesenchymal stem cells are commonly known as the MSCs. They are stromal cells harvested from the baby's umbilical cord after the delivery. Harvesting the blood within fifteen minutes and storing it in cryogenic units is important.


What Makes Mesenchymal Stem Cells Important?

There are two main reasons why their storage is so important:

  • Self-renewal - The mesenchymal stem cells can reproduce and replicate like any other body tissue.

  • Multipotent abilities - Multipotency is also known as multilineage differentiation. This is the ability of the mesenchymal stem cells to convert into different types of cells. For example, it can regenerate to form muscles, bone marrow, etc.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Umbilical Cord

Mesenchymal stem cells can be extracted from the umbilical cord of the baby. This happens before the delivery of the placenta. The cord blood is collected and stored in a cryogenic unit till it is needed.


Umbilical cord storage is a small step that can benefit you by saving your child's life. It can be stored for up to twenty-one years of his or her life and used as and when required. You can even donate your child's cord blood to a public or community facility. This blood can then be used by recipients who match this. Cord blood donation can be a way to save the lives of many.


Have you considered umbilical cord preservation for your child yet? Stem cells are abundantly found in the umbilical cord of a baby. It is popularly harvested these days during delivery as it is highly multi potent. These cells have the capability of saving your child from life-threatening medical conditions.


Properties Of Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Here are the properties of mesenchymal stem cells that make them different from the other cells of the body -


  • Differentiation Capacity

The mesenchymal stem cells can differentiate and mature into any other type of cell. At maturity, the transformed cells cannot turn to be mesenchymal cells. It can easily convert into adipose cells, chondrocytes, and osteoblasts. Mesenchymal stem cells can also get converted to neurocytes.


  • Immunomodulatory Response

It has been seen that mesenchymal stem cells have specific immunomodulatory responses. Research has shown that they can suppress the growth of tumors. This is because they produce immunomodulatory molecules such as nitric oxide and prostaglandin.


  • Antimicrobial Properties

Mesenchymal stem cells greatly have broad-spectrum antibacterial properties due to their release of peptides.


Conclusion

At Cryoviva the umbilical cord blood and tissue is stored hygienically at optimum temperature. Your child can use this blood at any time during his childhood to fight with life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer and tumor. It can be life-saving for many. Contact us to learn more.


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