Fallopian Tubes May Offer Stem Cell Source

Fallopian Tubes May Offer Stem Cell Source

Scientists from the Human Genome Research Centre are now suggesting that discarded human fallopian tubes could be a rich source of stem cells for regenerative medicine. It has previously been shown that mesenchymal stem cells obtained from umbilical cords, dental pulp and adipose tissue, which are all biological discards, are able to differentiate into muscle, fat, bone and cartilage cell lineages.

For the study, researchers set out to isolate and assess the differentiation potential of mesenchymal stem cells from discarded human fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes were obtained from hysterectomy and other gynecological procedures from fertile women between 35-53 years who had not undergone hormonal treatment for at least three months prior to surgery. The team discovered that human fallopian tube are rich in mesenchymal stem cells which have the potential of becoming a variety of cell types.

“In addition to providing an additional potential source for regenerative medicine, these findings might contribute to reproductive science as a whole,” said lead researcher Tatiana Jazedje.

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