Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Platelet Rich Plasma Spine Disc Regeneration

PRP may also be useful for spinal disc regeneration.

"Platelet-rich plasma was effective in stimulating cell proliferation and extracellular matrix metabolism. The response to platelet-rich plasma was greater in the case of anulus fibrosus cells than of nucleuspulposus cells. The local administration of platelet-rich plasma might stimulate intervertebral disc repair. In addition, given the risks of using animal serum for tissue engineering, autologous blood may gain favor as a source of growth factors and serum supplements needed for stimulating cells to engineer intervertebral disc tissues." (Akeda et al Spine 2006)

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