A broken water bag is a broken bone healed. The pregnancy fluid can strengthen and revive brittle and fragile bones of infants with genetic diseases and elderly, according to a new study.
Pregnancy does all sorts of wonder in a mother's brain
and physiology as supported by a recent study
. But another study published in Scientific Reports
adds more to that pregnancy miracle through the nutrient-rich amniotic fluid.
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The amniotic fluid contained in the amniotic sac serves as a cushion to protect the baby while inside the womb. It also works as facility for nutrients exchange between the growing baby and the mother.
The researchers at Institute of Child Health, a collaborative effort of Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London, collected discarded amniotic stem cells from screening tests during pregnancy or before birth.
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The team injected the stem cells from the amniotic fluid to deceased mice with brittle bone disease or osteogenesis imperfecta.
The same disease plague babies in a rate of one in every 25,000 births. The condition is fatal to babies. Some were born with multiple fractures.
If the baby survives the birth, he or she will have to face the harrowing experience of regularly breaking a bone and developing a curvature of the spine or limbs.
The tests on mice showed that injecting the cells increased their strength, plasticity and structural properties, and tissue quality
in the rodent's bones.
Dr Pascale Guillot, who conducted the research, told BBC
, "We are already used to putting cream on our face to slow down aging of the skin, this will be the same for the skeleton."
Osteoclasts and osteoblasts are responsible for constantly renewing the bones; osteoclasts for breaking down old bones while osteoblasts for making new bones. The disease is just making the osteoblasts "lazy" as Dr. Guillot puts it.
"Stem cell transplants boost these lazy cells so they become very eager to make more bone and mature bone," she adds.
The clinical trials for humans are already being planned. The biggest plan when that happens is to know what chemical from the stem cells kick the osteoblasts back into working again.
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