Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Aust Fam Physician. 2006 Sep;35(9):719-21.

Stem cells--a clinical update.

Author information

  • Diabetes Transplant Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital and University of New South Wales. b.tuch@unsw.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Stem cells of adult origin have been used clinically for 40 years in the treatment of haematological neoplasms such as leukaemia. These cells were originally obtained from bone marrow, but are now also being derived from umbilical cord blood.

OBJECTIVE:

With the increasing public awareness of stem cell use, general practitioners need to be aware for which disorders these cells can, and are, being used.

DISCUSSION:

Recent clinical trials with stem cells have been for ischaemic heart disease and to assist nonunion of bone. Other adult stem cells used in clinical trials include olfactory cells for spinal cord lesions, and human fetal pancreatic cells for type 1 diabetes. Adult stem cells, however, have limited potential to differentiate into different cell types. Human embryonic stem cells can be converted into cells of all lineages. They first became available for research in 1998 but are yet to be used in clinical trials.

Comment in

  • Stem cells. [Aust Fam Physician. 2007]
PMID:
16969445
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Australian Family Physician
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk