A study involving stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis is being planned for the end of the year in the United Kingdom. According to BBC News, researchers from Keele University will study up to 70 people as part of a 5-year research program. The trial is being funded by Arthritis Research UK and will be conducted at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire.
The patient's cartilage cells (chondrocytes) and bone marrow stem cells (mesenchymal stem cells) will be removed and grown in a lab (cultured) to be reimplanted at the site of cartilage damage in the knee. Some patients will receive cartilage cells, some will receive stem cells, and the others will receive a mix. The newly formed cartilage that develops after reimplantation will be tested over a period of a year for quality. While chondrocytes have been grown in a lab and re-injected into knees with cartilage damage before, it is still experimental as an osteoarthritis treatment -- and researchers are interested in the potential of combining chondrocytes and stem cells. The treatment, even if successful, is a long way from becoming routine.
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