Independent Study Shows Use of PLX-PAD Human Placental-Derived Adherent Stromal Cells Improves Tendon Healing in a Preclinical Model of Tendon Injury

Newswise—March 13, 2014

According to Dr. Scott Rodeo of New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), although the findings of a recent study should be considered preliminary, adherent stromal cells derived from human placenta appear promising as a readily available cell source to aid tendon healing and regeneration. Dr. Rodeo presented his research findings in a scientific poster titled, “Use of Human Placental-Derived Adherent Stromal Cells Improves Tendon Healing in a Preclinical Model of Tendon Injury,” at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Annual Meeting, on March 11-15 in New Orleans.

At the AAOS meeting, Dr. Rodeo’s poster presentation concluded that: a) placental-expanded cell therapy appeared to have an early beneficial effect on tendon healing following collagenase injury in this preclinical model; b) since these cells are immunoprivileged and are expanded ex vivo, its potential for “off-the-shelf” use is attractive relative to existing cell-based therapies; and c) additional preclinical studies are necessary to understand how these cells may affect tendon repair.

“Although our findings should be considered preliminary, adherent stromal cells derived from human placenta appear promising as a readily available cell source to aid tendon healing and regeneration,” stated Dr. Rodeo.

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