New Study Suggests Healthy Donor Stem Cells Better Than MS Patient’s Own Stem Cells

Pre-Existing Inflammatory Diseases Reduce Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cells for MS Treatment, Study Shows

BY ALICE MELÃO (Original Story from Multiple Sclerosis News Today)

Pre-existing inflammatory diseases affecting the central nervous system make mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) less effective in treating multiple sclerosis (MS), concludes a study by researchers at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Diseases like EAE and MS diminish the therapeutic functionality of bone marrow MSCs, prompting re- evaluation about the ongoing use of autologous MSCs as a treatment for MS,” the team wrote, adding that its study supports the advancement of MSC therapy from donors rather than autologous MSC therapy to treat MS while raising “important concerns over the efficacy of using autologous bone marrow MSCs in clinical trials.

The study, “CNS disease diminishes the therapeutic functionality of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells,” notes that MSCs potentially produce several signaling proteins that can regulate immune system responses as well as help tissue regenerate. Preclinical studies have shown that this can reduce brain inflammation while improving neural repair in animal models of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). This model resembles the inflammation and neuronal damage seen in MS patients.

Given the need for effective new MS therapies, the results will help MSCs to advance to human clinical trials. So far, results have reported good safety data, though such therapies have failed to demonstrate therapeutic efficacy. Most such trials so far have used stem cells collected from the patient, a process known as autologous transplantation — yet this may explain why MSCs have not been effective. It’s possible that pre-existing neurological conditions may alter stem cells’ responsiveness as well as their therapeutic activity.

To see whether that is in fact the case, team members collected stem cells from the bone marrow of EAE mice. But these stem cells were unable to improve EAE symptoms, whereas stem cells collected from healthy mice retained all their therapeutic potential and improved EAE symptoms.

A more detailed analysis showed that the MSCs derived from EAE animals had different features than their healthy counterparts.

In addition, the team confirmed that MSCs collected from MS patients were also less effective in treating EAE animals, compared to MSCs from healthy controls. Indeed, these MSCs from patients produced pro-inflammatory signals instead of the protective anti-inflammatory ones.

“Diseases like EAE and MS diminish the therapeutic functionality of bone marrow MSCs, prompting re- evaluation about the ongoing use of autologous MSCs as a treatment for MS,” the team wrote, adding that its study supports the advancement of MSC therapy from donors rather than autologous MSC therapy to treat MS while raising “important concerns over the efficacy of using autologous bone marrow MSCs in clinical trials.”

Josh’s Journey to the Stem Cell Institute in Panama for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Josh Rivers Weights“Ok these stem cells might really be kicking in now! One of the leg machines I use I have only been able to do 30lbs max, over the last few months of going to the gym 3 times a week. Today all of a sudden I am able to do 70!!!!??? I am really in shock right now to see an increase like this out of nowhere.. just 2 days ago I was struggling with 30!! I was also able to add more weight to 2 out of the other 4 leg machines I use. I can’t believe it!!”

Note: The stem cell treatment protocol Josh underwent included multiple intravenous and intrathecal (into the spinal fluid) injections of umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells and his own bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells administered over the course of one month. For more information about stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury, visit: https://www.cellmedicine.com/stem-cell-therapy-for-spinal-cord-injury/

Stem Cells Used to Successfully Treat Chronic Achilles Tendon Injury

Ocala, FL, October 06, 2014 –(PR.com)-Biologic Therapies, Inc. (BTI), a company that specializes in the design and development of medical devices and procedures for the regenerative medicine market, announced today that its products have been used to successfully treat a chronically injured Achilles tendon with stem cell therapy.

A case report, titled ‘Minimally Invasive Autologous Bone Marrow Concentrate Stem Cells in the Treatment of the Chronically Injured Achilles Tendon: A Case Report’, was authored by Biologic Therapies’ Chief Medical Director, Dr. R. Wade McKenna, and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Neil H. Riordan, founders of the Riordan-McKenna Institute in Southlake, Texas, USA (www.rmiclinic.com).

The case involved a 56-year-old female patient complaining of a painful “knot” in her left Achilles tendon. The pain limited her ability to perform daily activities such as shopping or being up on her feet for longer than 30 minutes. She had been an active tennis player and recreational athlete, but had not been able to play tennis or jog for ten years. She reported significant pain when relaxing and great pain when walking. The patient had been to multiple physicians and had followed ten years of standard treatment with stretches and anti-inflammatories. She refused multiple offers of invasive surgery that could not promise a return to tennis.

On physical examination by Dr. R. Wade McKenna, the patient had a large, palpable knot in the Achilles tendon, very noticeable and acutely tender. An MRI scan showed severe hypertrophic changes with marked tendinopathy.

The patient received a point-of-care stem cell therapy treatment in Dr. McKenna’s office as an outpatient procedure using Biologic Therapies products. The physician drew bone marrow from her tibia (shin) bone, processed the marrow in a centrifuge to concentrate the stem cells and growth factors, then injected the stem cells and growth factors into and around her injured Achilles tendon. Prior to the injection of the concentrated stem cells and growth factors, an injection of local anesthesia was given to prevent pain. The patient reported little to no pain during or after the procedure.

After six weeks the patient reported no pain at rest and minimal pain while walking. After eight weeks, there was even less pain while walking. The knot was less than 50% of the pre-treatment size and was relatively non-tender to touch. She was back to playing tennis without significant pain or difficulty. After ten weeks the patient was doing much better. An MRI scan showed even more reduction in the size of the knot, and pain was reduced even further. After 32 weeks an MRI scan showed near complete healing of the treated Achilles tendon.

The case report has been published by the scientific journal, CELLR4, the Official Journal of The Cure Alliance. The report can be seen on the CELLR4 website at http://www.cellr4.org/article/1100.

According to Luke Whalen, Biologic Therapies’ CEO, “This is an extremely important development for Biologic Therapies. The case report shows that stem cell therapy is an effective treatment for chronic Achilles tendon injury, which has not been documented before. The report also shows that stem cell therapy for this type of injury can be administered in a physician’s office as a point-of-care outpatient procedure using Biologic Therapies products. There is no need for hospitalization and surgery as would have been the case previously.

“Another important aspect of the publication of this case report is that the scientific journal it was published by is one of the most prestigious publications in the regenerative medicine industry. The members of the CELLR4 Journal Editorial Board that reviewed and approved the report are literally the ‘who’s who’ of regenerative medicine professionals from around the world. We are honored that they chose to publish the report. This helps to reinforce Biologic Therapies’ position as a global leader in regenerative medicine,” said Whalen.

The CELLR4 Editorial Board is led by Editor in Chief, Camillo Ricordi
from the Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA. Other editorial staff of note include the Associate Editor for Asia, Jianming Tan
of Fuzhou General Hospital, Xiamen University, China; Assistant Editor, Antonello Pileggi of the Cell Transplant Center and Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA; and Assistant Board member Arnold I. Caplan
from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

In the late 1980’s, Dr. Arnold Caplan and colleagues developed and patented the technology to isolate adult human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from bone marrow and to preserve their multi-potency (Caplan et al., 2001; Koc et al., 1999; Lennon et al., 2006). Adult human MSCs are capable of differentiating into a number of tissue types including bone, cartilage, muscle, marrow, tendon, ligament, adipocytes, and connective tissue.

Over 100 scientists, physicians, researchers and educators from around the world make up the CELLR4 Editorial Board. A complete listing of the Board members can be found at http://www.cellr4.org/editorial-board

About CELLR4
CELLR4 (http://www.cellr4.org) is a scientific journal with particular focus on cellular repair, replacement, regeneration, reprogramming and differentiation. Its scope ranges from fundamental new discoveries in basic science to translational, clinical trials and delivery of novel therapeutic options. As the official journal of the international non-profit organization The Cure Alliance, CELLR4 serves as a platform for discussion of challenges and opportunities on the path to the development of new treatments, independently from the disease target. CELLR4 publishes commentaries and opinion papers on regulatory, legal, and ethical issues, as well as information on global collaborative platforms and funding opportunities of interest to the field.

CELLR4 also serves as the official journal of the Fondazione Cure Alliance Onlus, another non-profit international organization that include physicians, scientists, patients, patient advocates, business and philanthropy leaders, with the mission to promote collaborative efforts worldwide, while addressing and working to resolve impediments and challenges on the path to develop cures for diseases now afflicting humankind. In this direction, the publication serves as a shared communication platform to discuss challenges and opportunities on the path to develop new treatments.

About Biologic Therapies
Based in Ocala, Florida, Biologic Therapies, Inc. (www.biologictherapies.com), is a company with a principal strategy of seeking out and developing innovative, proprietary and patented technologies to meet the needs of the rapidly emerging science of regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy. Biologic Therapies provides groundbreaking medical technologies that significantly enhance the body’s natural healing ability, thereby providing patients with improved outcomes and quicker restoration of function. The Company’s products provide access to the biologics / regenerative medicine sector of the healthcare market.

Stem Cell Institute Public Seminar on Adult Stem Cell Therapy Clinical Trials in New York City May 17th, 2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2014

The Stem Cell Institute, located in Panama City, Panama, will present an informational umbilical cord stem cell therapy seminar on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Speakers include:

Neil Riordan PhD“Clinical Trials: Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Autism and Spinal Cord Injury”

Dr. Riordan is the founder of the Stem Cell Institute and Medistem Panama Inc.

Jorge Paz-Rodriguez MD“Stem Cell Therapy for Autoimmune Disease: MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus”

Dr. Paz is the Medical Director at the Stem Cell Institute. He practiced internal medicine in the United States for over a decade before joining the Stem Cell Institute in Panama.

Light snacks will be served afterwards. Our speakers and stem cell therapy patients will also be on hand to share their personal experiences and answer questions.

Admission is free but space in limited and registration is required. For venue information and to register and reserve your tickets today, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stem-cell-institute-seminar-tickets-11115112601 or call Cindy Cunningham, Patient Events Coordinator, at 1 (800) 980-7836.

About Stem Cell Institute Panama
Founded in 2007 on the principles of providing unbiased, scientifically sound treatment options; the Stem Cell Institute (SCI) has matured into the world’s leading adult stem cell therapy and research center. In close collaboration with universities and physicians world-wide, our comprehensive stem cell treatment protocols employ well-targeted combinations of autologous bone marrow stem cells, autologous adipose stem cells, and donor human umbilical cord stem cells to treat: multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.

In partnership with Translational Biosciences, a subsidiary of Medistem Panama, SCI provides clinical services for ongoing clinical trials that are assessing safety and signs of efficacy for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis using allogeneic umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSC), autologous stromal vascular fraction (SVF) and hU-MSC-derived mesenchymal trophic factors (MTF). In 2014, Translation Biosciences expects to expand its clinical trial portfolio to include spinal cord injury, heart disease, autism and cerebral palsy.

To-date, SCI has treated over 2000 patients.

For more information on stem cell therapy:

Stem Cell Institute Website: http://www.cellmedicine.com

Stem Cell Institute
Via Israel & Calle 66
Plaza Pacific Office #2A
Panama City, Panama

About Medistem Panama Inc.
Since opening its doors in 2007, Medistem Panama Inc. has developed adult stem cell-based products from human umbilical cord tissue and blood, adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow. Medistem operates an 8000 sq. ft. ISO 9001-certified laboratory in the prestigious City of Knowledge. The laboratory is fully licensed by the Panamanian Ministry of Health and features 3 class 10000 clean rooms, class 100 laminar flow hoods, and class 100 incubators.

Medistem Panama Inc.
Ciudad del Saber, Edif. 221 / Clayton
Panama, Rep. of Panama

Phone: +507 306-2601
Fax: +507 306-2601

About Translational Biosciences
A subsidiary of Medistem Panama Inc., Translational Biosciences was founded solely to conduct clinical trials using adult stem cells and adult stem cell-derived products.

Translational Biosciences webSite: http://www.translationalbiosciences.com

Email: trials(at)translationalbiosciences(dot)com

Stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury – Jamie Richie discusses her improvements

Jamie Richie discussed her treatments and improvements while undergoing her third round of stem cell therapy at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama.

Jamie’s first round of treatment comprised 8 intrathecal (into the spinal fluid) infusions of human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSC); 4 intravenous infusions of hUC-MSC; 2 intrathecal infusions of autologous (their own) bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMC); 2 intravenous injections of BMMC and 19 physical therapy sessions over the course of one month. Her second round of treatments comprised half the infusions of the first.

My name is Jamie Richie. This is my third treatment here. I was diagnosed with a L-1 injury. That was back in January 1st, 2010.

What symptoms did you have before you came for treatment?

I had no movement from my L-1 level down. As far as my right leg, I couldn’t stand on it at all without a brace. If I had a brace on it I could stand and I could walk and all, with braces; and a more aggressive brace. My pain was very strong. My legs; the circulation was worse in my legs. Their color, they were very purple. I could not walk on a treadmill. I had a hard time walking on uneven ground.

What kind of improvements have you experienced since your first treatment?

I’ve improved. I’ve had like five major things after my very first treatment, which was a year ago in January. I was able to stand on my right leg without a brace and walk. My pain level dropped between a 10 down to a 6. It’s controllable. The circulation in my legs; my balance is better. I can carry things while walking with a walker. I can transfer something from one counter to the next. I can be in my kitchen, hold onto the counter and stand and get out a glass out of the cabinets. I can walk on a treadmill and I am actually able to walk three speeds higher than when I first started walking. So I’ve had great gains there. After my second treatment, I was able to walk even stronger on my right leg. I have better bladder control. I got better bladder control out of the first treatment. And I noticed that I didn’t get a whole lot until about two months after the treatment.

How has this experience changed your life?

This experience has changed my life, just one, the nerve pain. I’m more comfortable driving. I can walk barefoot on my right leg without any braces or… It’s just nice being able to walk barefoot. Being able to get onto the treadmill, that’s huge for me. I don’t have to drive to a park or a track and walk on a track. I can get on the treadmill and keep a good pace and keep better tracking of what my progress is. For my balance, being able to stand and take my clothes out of my washing machine and put them in my dryer to standing in the kitchen and being able to take a pan that has water in it and put it in the sink. I was unable to do any of that. If I were standing, would have to have help. Transferring, you know, something from one counter to the next. Walking on uneven ground is big for a life change. If someone comes to the house to pick me up, walking to the car. To be able to walk into a store, I can go to the grocery store, walk in, get into a power chair and do all my grocery shopping there. So, get back onto the walker and get back into my car. It’s given me more independence, which is very big for me.

What would you say to someone who is considering this treatment?

It’s not going to hurt you to try it. It’s going to hurt you not to try it. If I could suggest anything, I would just say as soon as you’re better from your injury where you are not in any more pain and able to get to therapy, I would go. And I would go as soon as you can. Otherwise, you’re going to sit back and go, “Gee what if I wouldn’t of? What if I had gotten?“ There are a lot of people to talk to. There are people who didn’t gain anything. I have not spoken to anybody who didn’t gain anything off a spinal cord injury. Do your homework. It’s worth it and it doesn’t hurt. I mean, it doesn’t hurt me. I can feel completely my whole back. So when I get the injections in my spine… The anesthesiologist is excellent. The doctor is excellent. I will have close to 20 injections in my back and I have had no bad experiences at all. I’ve had no negative side effects at all, none. I’ve only had positive side effects.

Stem cell therapy for traumatic brain injury – Oswaldo Tapanes

Oswaldo Tapanes received multiple injections of human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells and his own bone marrow-derived stem cells over the course of a month both intrathecally (into the spinal fluid) and intravenously at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama. Here is what Mr. Tapanes had to day about his progress thus far:

My name is Oswaldo Tapanes. I have a traumatic brain injury; diagnosed in June 2005.

What symptoms did you have before stem cell therapy?

I couldn’t move my left arm. My vision was pretty bad. My speech is worse than it is now. I could only make sounds. My balance was very, very bad and that’s about it.

What improvements have you noticed since your stem cell treatments?

My speech is better. My eyesight is better. My arm coordination is better. My balance overall and better overall well-being.

How has this treatment changed your life?

It improved my quality of life, so much so that I’ve returned now for a second treatment.

What would you tell others who are considering this treatment?

I would say obviously, do your own research but from my point of view, it’s very safe. The medical science is explained. Everything is there on the web site if you look at it and do your homework. I wouldn’t hesitate coming. If I knew before, I would have came earlier.

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells: Regeneration, Repair, Inflammation and Autoimmunity – Neil Riordan PhD (Part 2 of 2)

In part 2, Dr. Riordan discusses how mesenchymal stem cells can affect tissue repair in spinal cord injury and in heart failure; benefit to heart is not the actual MSCs modeling new tissue. It is due to the trophic effects of MSC secretions; In rats, severed spinal cords re-grew after MSCs were implanted but the human MSCs did not form new cord tissue. The trophic factors secreted by the MSCs enable the spinal cord to repair itself.; Trophic factors from MSCs modulate the immune system by blocking clonal expansion of cytotoxic T-cells; There are 35 ongoing clinical trials using mesenchymal stem cells for autoimmune diseases; Safety of donor MSCs; Every mother has MSCs from each baby she has carried; Mothers have a lower incidence of autoimmune disease; Lifespan of mothers increased linearly with each child up to 14; There are 85 ongoing clinical trials using donor MSCs. Allogeneic MSCs from bone marrow have been approved in Canada and New Zealand to treat graft vs. host disease; limbal cells used in corneal transplants are MSCs; MSCs are useful in preventing donated organ rejection; glioma growth was found to be inhibited by MSCs; MSCs eliminated breast cancer in rats.

VIDEO – The Science of Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine – Arnold Caplan PhD (Part 4)

In part 4, Prof. Caplan talks about isolating mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow using specialized; calf serum choosing different assays to prove multipotency – osteogenesis, chondrogenesis, adipogenesis; point of care with autologous bone marrow in orthopedic surgery; tissue engineering bone with lineage restricted MSCs; banking bone discarded bone marrow from orthopedic surgeries for future use;

Arnold Caplan PhD of Case Western Reserve University and Riccardo Calafiore of Perugia University in Italy tour Medistem stem cell lab in Panama

Arnold Caplan PhD, Neil Riordan PhD and Riccardo Calafiore MD at Medistem Labs Panama

Arnold Caplan PhD, Neil Riordan PhD and Riccardo Calafiore MD at Medistem Labs Panama

Professor Arnold Caplan (left) and Professor Riccardo Calafiore (right) pose with Medistem Labs Panama Founder, Neil Riordan, PhD. Dr. Riordan is also the Founder of Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama.

Prof. Caplan and Prof. Calafiore were in Panama City with Amit Patel MD to speak at “La Medicina Del Futuro En El Presente”, an event organized by the honarable Ruben Berrocal MD, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation SENACYT (National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation) and Prof. K. S. Jagannatha Rao, Ph.D., FNASc, FABAP, FASB, FLS (Reino Unido) Director INDICASAT-AIP (Instituto de Investigaciones Cientificas y Servicios de Alta Tecnologia – Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services).

Prof. Caplan is a Professor of Biology and General Medical Sciences (oncology) at Case Western Reserve University and the Director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve. Prof. Caplan is widely regarded as “The father of the mesenchymal stem cell”.

Prof. Calafiore is the Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Medical School at the University of Perugia, Italy and Director of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Endocrine and Organ Transplant at the University of Perugia School of Medicine. He is also a director at ALTuCELL.

Amit Patel, MD, MS, is an associate professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah

Neil Riordan PhD is Founder of Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama and the President of Medistem Panama. He is also CEO of Aidan Products.

Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury: The Spinal Cord Journey

A short film about three spinal cord injury patients who share their stories of tragedy, hope and recovery following stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. See them demonstrate their improvements by lifting themselves up, standing and even walking after stem cell therapy.