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Our Laboratory

Our laboratory mainly develops new treatments using adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells (AT-MSC). Read more about our research and laboratory work here.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) was identified in the bone marrow (1) by Friedenstein and colleagues around 1970, and were subsequently discovered not only in bone marrow but also in various tissues such as adipose tissue, umbilical cord, and cartilage.

As MSC research progressed, various functions and characteristics were revealed. In addition to having pluripotency like iPS cells and ES cells, it has been shown that MSC secretes cytokines and growth factors and repair damaged tissues. More notably, it has also been shown that when MSC was administered systemically, they have a “homing ability” that accumulates in the affected areas of the body (2).

Recently, it has been found that the culture supernatant fluid of MSC also has the ability to repair and regenerate like MSC. At the clinic besides our laboratory, treatment using the culture supernatant fluid of MSC is currently being performed. The treatment of the hair roots of the scalp with the supernatant fluid of the cord blood-derived MSC results in hair growth. (Fig.4, right: before treatment, left: 50 days after treatment).

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A view of our laboratory within the clinic.