A recent study, published in the “Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery”, speaks about all the potential applications of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in cats. Authors of the study are Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM from the Ohio State University, and Dori L. Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.
Mesenchymal stem cells are cells that are multipotent stromal cells and have the potential to differentiate into many types of cells. The possibilities include osteoblasts, chondrocytes, myocytes, and adipocytes.
This kind of therapy with stem cells derived from the bone marrow is already established in the cancer therapy for humans. That is why Quimby and Borjesson are trying to evaluate the possibility of this treatment for cats.
So far, the research shows that the application of mesenchymal stem cells includes conditions such as enteropathies, feline chronic gingivostomatitis, and asthma. In some cases, they encountered side effects, but all curable. They are working to see if the stem cell therapy can have positive outcomes in conditions like chronic kidney disease.
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