For thousands of years, dogs have been (wo)man’s best friend, and with good reason. They bring so much to their humans but they sadly have such short lives, leaving us way too soon. But, with veterinary medicine improvements, dogs’ life expectancy has increased. Unfortunately, just like us humans, a dog living a longer life also comes with more common degenerative and chronic illnesses. Of course, we’re talking about stem cell therapy for dogs.
How does it Work?
Stem cells have helped fight some diseases in humans. How this works? Well, the stem cells can mature and differentiate into what’s called “pluripotency” or specialized cell types.
So, these stem cells are transplanted to regenerate damaged tissues. That means that many diseases can be reversed. This is the technology used to help humans recover from various conditions, but much is lacking when it comes to stem cell therapy for (wo)man’s best friend.
Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs
Until now! A Japanese research team has taken canine blood samples and worked on isolating iPSCs, or “induced pluripotent stem cells.”
These stem cells can actually be “programmed” to introduce certain genes into them. So, these genes help to induce change from a differentiated to a pluripotent stem cell that could potentially mature into one or more specific cell types.
As these iPSCs mulitply at a rapid pace, they allow for regenerative therapies.
The research team points to the importance of these findings and claims that they’re hopeful that it could lead to regenerative therapy in dogs in the near future.
With lots of effort, the team has paved the way for a stem cell therapy technique for our beloved dogs. Still, more research is necessary even in humans, as this technique can sometimes lead to breakthroughs in veterinary medicine.
At the very least, we can also be hopeful that stem cell therapy for dogs can provide them with quality of life even in their senior years. Imagine getting more quality time with your pooch!
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Source: Osaka Prefecture University