Autoimmune Diseases & Stem Cell Therapy Applications
It can be challenging to treat autoimmune disease. This unique phenomenon occurs when the body’s protective shield, or immune system, attacks its own vital organs, cells, and tissues. Treating autoimmune diseases begins with understanding why the disease takes place in the first place.
The body’s main line of defense against infectious organisms is the immune system. In order to protect the body successfully, the immune system must be able to distinguish between cellular components that are part of its own body and those that are not, such as foreign bacteria.
There are two general errors the immune system can make during this process. The first is the most common of these two potential errors; the immune system does not react quickly enough and an infection begins. In the second error, the immune system misidentifies its own cells or components as foreign and autoimmune disease happens.
Helping With Autoimmune Diseases
Medical science has made great advancements in treating many conditions that are forms of autoimmune diseases. These include the systemic use of anti-inflammatory drugs as well as potent immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory agents. The latter includes steroids and inhibitor proteins. These block the action of inflammatory cytokines, or substances secreted by helper T cells to help activate other immune cells. While these treatments have had a profound impact on immune responses, in certain patients, they are unable to induce clinically significant remissions.
Allograft stem cell treatments have shown potential in treating autoimmune conditions particularly when cells or tissue have been damaged. Organ-specific damage from autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and its resulting destruction of the beta islet cells is one such example. Multiple sclerosis resulting from the breakdown of the myelin covering of the nerves is another. Alongside conventional treatment of these conditions, allograft stem cell therapy may show results in repairing the damage done by the immune system to itself and help improve the success rate of treatments done alongside it.
Early clinical trials are even utilizing allograft stem cell therapy in the treatment of poorly responsive, life-threatening lupus. This trial particularly shows the potential magnitude of allograft stem cell therapy’s usage in the treatment of aggressive medical conditions.
A major obstacle in the treatment of non-organ-specific autoimmune diseases such as lupus is the lack of a single specific target for the application of the therapy. As such, these trials are showing potential for allograft stem cell therapy. Additionally, they may even be useful when the problem isn’t location-specific.
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Stem Cells LA offers helpful information to interested patients about stem cell treatments for arthritis, neuropathy, orthopedic disease, anti-aging, and more. Additionally, the restorative properties of stem cell treatments may help reduce healing time for other procedures.
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Source: National Institutes of Health