Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are multipotent precursor cells with the unique capacity to self-renew, proliferation and transformation into specialized cells present in many body tissues, such as muscle, adipose tissue, fibroblasts, cartilage, tendons, and nervous tissue. They are also characterized by the ability to affect the immune system by secretion of compounds that support the immune response directed among others against bacteria and parasites. They have properties enabling the secretion of chemical compounds that stimulate the formation of new blood vessels. All these attributes make them applicable in regenerative medicine, transplantology and in the treatment of many diseases. The umbilical cord blood and Wharton’s jelly MSCs are the sources from which MSCs are obtained. Due to the small amount of MSCs in the starting material, it is necessary to lead in vitro cultures to obtain sufficient numbers of cells that can be administered to the patient. Methods of isolation and culture of mesenchymal stem cells, including the growth medium, play a crucial role in obtaining the appropriate biological material that guarantees therapeutic success. Therefore, continuous improvement of procedures for isolating and in vitro culturing of MSCs is extremely important.
The subject of the offer is a method of culturing mesenchymal stem cells using secretions from carnivorous plants, which increase cell adherence and proliferation, counteract their transformation into specialized cells, therefore, they longer maintain their pluripotency.
The method of improving stem cell culture using carnivorous plants is the subject of the three patent applications. Further research on technology development is carried out at the Faculty of Biology, Jagiellonian University and Department of Clinical Genetics, Medical University of Lublin. Technology Transfer Center CITTRU UJ is looking for entities interested in cooperation in the further development and commercialization of the invention, in particular, those willing to join to research and development process aimed at rescaling the system to industrial.