Stem Cell Treatment for Retinitis Pigmentosa is an Option at ASCI
Related Articles Perspectives of Stem Cell-Based Therapy for Age-Related Retinal Degenerative Diseases. Cell Transplant. 2017 Sep;26(9):1538-1541 Authors: Holan V, Hermankova B, Kossl J Abstract Retinal degenerative diseases, which include age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma, mostly affect the elderly population and are the most common cause of decreased quality of vision or even blindness. So far, there is no satisfactory treatment protocol to prevent, stop, or cure these disorders. A great hope and promise for patients suffering from retinal diseases is represented by stem cell-based therapy that could replace diseased or missing retinal cells and support regeneration. In this respect, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that can be obtained from the particular patient and used as autologous cells have turned out to be a promising stem cell type for treatment. Here we show that MSCs can differentiate into cells expressing markers of retinal cells, inhibit production of pro-inflammatory cytokines by retinal tissue, and produce a number of growth and neuroprotective factors for retinal regeneration. All of these properties make MSCs a prospective cell type for cell-based therapy of age-related retinal degenerative diseases. PMID: 29113466 [PubMed - in process]Read more...