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Stem Cells International
Volume 2011, Article ID 905621, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2011/905621
Research Article

Establishment of a Mesenchymal Stem Cell Bank

Reliance Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Dhirubhai Ambani Life Sciences Centre, R-282, TTC Area of MIDC, Thane-Belapur Road, Rabale, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra—400701, India

Received 24 December 2010; Revised 30 April 2011; Accepted 13 June 2011

Academic Editor: Gerald A. Colvin

Copyright © 2011 Khushnuma Cooper and Chandra Viswanathan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Adult stem cells have generated great amount of interest amongst the scientific community for their potential therapeutic applications for unmet medical needs. We have demonstrated the plasticity of mesenchymal stem cells isolated from the umbilical cord matrix. Their immunological profile makes it even more interesting. We have demonstrated that the umbilical cord is an inexhaustible source of mesenchymal stem cells. Being a very rich source, instead of discarding this tissue, we worked on banking these cells for regenerative medicine application for future use. The present paper gives a detailed account of our experience in the establishment of a mesenchymal stem cell bank at our facility.