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Microscopic packets of stem cell factors could be key to preventing lung disease in babies
Date:10/31/2012

ld open a new venue in the development of stem cell-based therapies. She also hopes that, with further study, MSC-produced exosomes could one day be developed into a direct therapy for premature infants at risk of or suffering from chronic lung disease and PH, or even for other diseases with an inflammatory component.

"Exosomes can be isolated from MSCs from several sources, including the umbilical cord" she says. "And unlike donor cells, exosomes are not immunogenic. As such, they could potentially be collected, banked and given like a drug, without the risks of rejection or tumor development that can theoretically come with donor cell or stem cell transplantation."


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Contact: Meghan Weber
rob.graham@childrens.harvard.edu
617-919-3110
Boston Children's Hospital
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