Research swine are playing an important role in the global fight against COVID-19, with live animal models helping to both create a vaccine and address the worldwide ventilator shortage.
Osteoporotic patients, incapacitated due to vertebral compression fractures (VCF), suffer grave financial and clinical burdens because current clinical treatments focus on symptoms’ management but do not combat the issue at the source.
In this pilot study, allogeneic porcine mesenchymal stem cells, (over expressing the BMP6 gene) were suspended in fibrin gel and implanted into a vertebral defect to investigate their effect on bone regeneration in a clinically relevant, large animal pig model. Bone healing was evaluated in vivo at 6 and 12 weeks and ex vivo at 6 months.
Both exams showed significant bone regeneration within 6 weeks of implantation in the BMP gene group while only minor bone formation was seen in the defect site of the control group. This preclinical study presents an innovative, potentially minimally invasive technique that can be used to induce bone regeneration using allogeneic gene modified MSCs and therefore revolutionize current treatment for challenging conditions such as osteoporosis-related VCFs.
From BMP6-Engineered MSCs Induced Vertebral Bone Repair in Pig Model: A Pilot Study by Gadi Pelled, Dmitriy Sheyn, Wafa Tawackoli, Deuk Soo Jun, Youngdo Koh, Susan Su, Doron Cohn Yakubovich, Ilan Kallai, Ben Antebi, Xiaoyu Da, Zulma Gazit, Hyun Bae and Dan Gazit
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The University of Illinois has been working for many years on early detection screening methods for cancer in order to help treat cancer patients with very aggressive types of cancer. It is critical to catch and treat all cancers in the earliest stage possible but this is especially critical concerning cancers such as pancreatic, hepatic and lung. The University found that the pig was the better model to help develop these screening tests because they are so anatomically similar to humans.