August 28, 2015

A recent study evaluated postinfarction function recovery driven by a three-dimensional fibrin patch composed of mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood, which can be collected by family cord blood services. While mesenchymal cells are typically collected through umbilical cord tissue banking, they can also be a benefit of cord blood banking. What is cord tissue? It is the physical umbilical cord itself, and researchers are currently studying potential future cord tissue banking benefits.

This study involved restoring myocardial cell slippage and limiting ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction. A 3D fibrin patch filled with mesenchymal stem cells collected from umbilical cord blood banking was used to induce cardiac function recovery after myocardial infarction. The patch adhered well to the heart in this study, and the implanted cells also formed new and functional microvasculature that connected the fibrin-cell patch to both the subjacent myocardial tissue and the host circulatory system. Therefore, positive results were shown for using an engineered 3D fibrin patch containing stem cells from family cord banking for treating myocardial wounds. This could be one of the cord blood and cord tissue benefits of the future, as stem cell research continues to progress.

Many heart diseases, including myocardial infarction, continue to an end stage of ischemic heart failure. The only clearly defined treatment for this type of heart failure is a cardiac transplant, which is limited by the number of available donors, as well as potential graft rejection. This is why an engineered treatment method from umbilical cord blood banking could prove to be quite beneficial. Family cord blood services such as CariCord are very excited about this ongoing research, as postinfarction function recovery could soon be added to the list of cord blood and cord tissue banking benefits.

If you are an expecting parent and are not familiar with umbilical cord blood banking, we strongly recommend you explore the many benefits of this service, even if you do not ultimately choose family cord banking from us. Umbilical cord tissue banking is an additional option that many parents also value. What is cord tissue? It is the actual umbilical cord, which can be collected in addition to the cord blood contained herein. Both cord blood and cord tissue have many benefits, as they are rich sources of different types of stem cells. These stem cells taken from cord blood can currently be used to treat more than 80 diseases, while research is currently underway to develop potential future treatments utilizing cord tissue.


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