Stem Cells

  • Stem cells are the cells in our bodies from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated

  • Under the right conditions, our stem cells can divide to form more cells, called daughter cells

  • These daughter cells either become new stem cells (self-renewal), or they can become specialized cells (differentiation) with a more specific function

    • Functions can include: bone cells, muscle cells, blood cells, cartilage cells, nerve cells, etc.

  • Fun fact: no other cell in the body has the natural ability to generate new cell types

Stem Cells have repairing effects through several different mechanisms:

  1. They’re able to trigger an anti-inflammatory effect through secretion of growth-factor molecules released by stem cells

  2. Homing to damaged tissue and differentiating into new cells 

  3. Attracting other cells into the area to help repair, remodel, and “clean up” old tissue debris

  4. Inhibit apoptosis (cell death)

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