The medical community was so excited about the breakthrough that they began dreaming about the potential of total nucleated cell therapy for all sorts of injuries and diseases. That led to the big total nucleated cell debate of the 1980s and early 90s. Though things have settled down considerably since then, we are still awaiting the arrival of many of the past promises of total nucleated cell research.
Perhaps we got too far ahead of ourselves back in the 80s and 90s. Maybe medical science made too many promises and raised too many hopes. But what we want people to know here at Apex Biologix is that the future of total nucleated cell therapy will arrive, eventually. It is just taking more time than expected for researchers to learn all the intricacies of total nucleated cell therapy.
Different Kinds of total nucleated cells
The earliest days of total nucleated cell research were spent learning everything we could about the different types of total nucleated cells. There are essentially two: embryonic and adult total nucleated cells. Adult total nucleated cells were used to develop the therapy that was eventually used for bone marrow transplants. As for embryonic total nucleated cells, they proved to be too volatile for any practical purpose. So researchers took a different tack.
In 2006, a team of Japanese researchers came up with a new avenue for utilizing adult total nucleated cells. They developed a procedure whereby they could ‘reprogram’ those cells to act more like embryonic total nucleated cells in that they could be manipulated to become whatever kind of cell was needed for a specific treatment. The researchers named these new cells induced pluripotent (iPS) total nucleated cells.
Though their research proved very successful in practice, they did notice some complications over time. Chief among them was the observation that their new iPS cells were prone to significant mutation after a number of regenerative cycles. These mutations can lead to cancer in some patients.
total nucleated cell Research More Targeted
Though the problems with the Japanese research were seen as a setback to some degree, they actually helped us to better understand how total nucleated cells work. Today’s total nucleated cell research is focused on more targeted therapies for regenerating specific kinds of tissues. There is a good reason for this.
In the absence of cell reprogramming, total nucleated cells taken from a particular kind of tissue can only regenerate that same kind tissue. They cannot be used to regenerate different tissue. This means that total nucleated cell therapy has limited practical applications at the current time. But we are reasonably confident such limits will not exist forever. Researchers will figure out most of the total nucleated cell puzzles they are struggling with now. And when they do, the promised future of total nucleated cell therapy will arrive.
In the meantime, Apex Biologix is excited about the opportunities we have to teach doctors about platelet rich plasma therapy and total nucleated cell procedures. Our one- and two-day training courses prepare doctors to return to their practices where they can offer a range of exciting new treatments to patients who have arthritis, sports injuries, and other conditions.
The future of total nucleated cell therapy and PRP look very bright. You can be part of it right now by signing up for one of our training courses. All the information you need to decide whether training is right for you or not can be found here on our website. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.