Volume 74, Issue 11 (February 2017)                   Tehran Univ Med J 2017, 74(11): 751-762 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Laboratory of Stem Cell, The Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, Qom, Iran.
2- Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Shariati Hospital, Tehran, Iran.
3- Department of Pharmacology, Razi Drug Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Avay Mahd Cell Iranian Company, Health Technology Development Center of Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran. , mahdieh.ghiasi@yahoo.com
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Intervertebral disks (IVD) acts as shock absorber between each of the vertebrae in the spinal column by keeping the vertebrae separated when the shock caused by the action. They also serve to protect the nerves that run down the middle of the spine and intervertebral disks. The disks are made of fibrocartilaginous material. The outside of the disk is made of a strong material called the annulus fibrosus. Inside this protective covering is a jelly-like substance known as mucoprotein gel. This interior is known as the nucleus pulposus. The nucleus pulposus consists of large vacuolated notochord cells, small chondrocyte-like cells, collagen fibrils, and aggrecan, a proteoglycan that aggregates by binding to hyaluronan. Attached to each aggrecan molecule are glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains of chondroitin sulfate and keratan sulfate. Intervertebral disks degeneration is frequently associated with low back and neck pain, which accounts as a disability. Despite the known outcomes of the Intervertebral disks degeneration cascade, the treatment of IVD degeneration is limited in that available conservative and surgical treatments do not reverse the pathology or restore the IVD tissue. Regenerative medicine for IVD degeneration, by injection of Intervertebral disks cells, chondrocytes or stem cells, has been extensively studied in the past decade in various animal models of induced IVD degeneration, and has progressed to clinical trials in the treatment of various spinal disease. Despite preliminary results showing positive effects of cell-injection strategies for IVD regeneration, detailed basic research on Intervertebral disks cells and their niche demonstrates that transplanted cells are unable to survive and adapt in the avascular niche of the IVD. For this therapeutic strategy to succeed, the indications for its use and the patients who would benefit need to be better defined. To surmount these obstacles, the solution will be identified only by focused research, both in the laboratory and in the clinic. In present paper, the potential utilization of different adult stem cells for intervertebral disc regeneration has been reported. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, adipose tissue derived stem cells, synovial stem cells and committed IVD cells have been studied for this purpose either in vitro or in vivo.

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