Scientists in Korea have collaborated with Samsung to conduct a study on treating lupus with fat-derived stem cells. It was confirmed that intravenous administration of adult stem cells brings about normal bodily functions where lupus had been present. Findings from the study were published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism (Impact factor: 8.435) on September 15, 2011.
In the study mice were injected with human fat stem cells and they showed an improvement in clinical symptoms as well as increased chances of survival. A decrease in antinuclear antibodies was also found in the mice.
Stem cell application appears to be much more effective when it is used in the early stages of lupus being detected. During the course of one year the mice were given stem cells repeatedly and although those stem cells were human ones, there were no side effects other than the desired outcome of the immune system being suppressed.
Lupus is a rare autoimmune disease. 75 in every million people are affected by it. There is no cure for lupus although temporary relief can be found in immunosuppressive drugs and steroids. Debilitating and painful, lupus often becomes unbearable for people.
Dr. Jeong Chan Ra, who worked on the study, said “Based on this study, diseases that are difficult to treat, such as lupus have much potential to be treated through stem cell injection. We will further our research to find ways to cure chronic diseases.”
Doctors at Angeles hospital already realize the therapeutic potential of stem cells and routinely perform stem cell application for a range of conditions, including lupus. For further information please contact us using the form on the right.