Skip to comments.Adult Stem cell patch restores vision
Posted on 04/18/2007 4:39:08 PM PDT by wagglebee
MELBOURNE, April 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A man's vision has been restored by a corneal patch grown from adult stem cells by a team at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery (BOBIM).
The patch, which replicates the cornea, was cultivated from a single stem cell from a donor eye and was transplanted to the surface of the man's eyes.
The research team was led by Dr Mark Daniell (CERA) and Dr Erik Thompson (BOBIM).
The process, known as a limbal stem cell transplant, is thought to be the first of its kind in Australia. The Melbourne success significantly advances international research in limbal stem cell transplantation in the eyes.
The patient had severe vision loss caused by stem cell failure on the surface of the eye, causing scarring and a vascularised and opaque appearance.
"He had reduced mobility, could not read and could not work, but he has now resumed duties as an accountant, enjoys sight (slightly lower than normal 20/20 acuity) and has increased mobility and quality of life and renewed optimism," Dr Daniell reports.
He says the surface of the man's eyes was removed and the patch (about 50mm long and a micron thick) was applied and is healing well. "This technique can now assist people with alkaline burns who have damage to the surface of their eyes."
Dr Daniell and his team are now working toward developing a totally bio-engineered cornea, using a stem cell extracted from elsewhere on a person's body other than the eye.
Stem Cell Ping
Just hoping this may be of interest or, even better, helpful.
Just plain cool.
This is the real deal...I am a cornea doctor, and this is of great interest and promise.....the Japanese have pioneered this type of work
One of the biggest problems we have in the US, is getting approval from the FDA to do this.
Other hurdles to overcome include laboratory support, sterility of tissue to be transplanted, and cost, cost, cost.
add yet another success story to the adult stem cell column.
embryonic stem cell column - still registering at “zero”
The ability to grow a cornea from stem cells will offer someone like me a future opportunity for a transplant without a donor. That will affect the moral but not the medical aspect of the question for my condition. After my first corneal transplant I gained an entirely new appreciation for Mary Shelleys Frankensteins monster. Like him, I have parts in me from dead people. In my case it is currently up to four. Unlike the situation in that novel, all of the parts that have been used to help me come from willing donors. That is actually my point of departure, morally, on the argument over embryonic stem cell research. Beneficiaries of any research derived from embryonic stem cells actually have more in common, morally, with Bram Stokers Dracula, who requires the blood of unwilling victims to survive.
Theres a world of difference there.
That improvement in the moral issues involved in a transplant alone, however, would be a great comfort to me. I have never known how to express my thanks to those four souls who have been so generous to me over the last quarter of a centory, particularly since their generosity had to come under circumstances where they werent expecting to die, but their gift to me happened only because they met an untimely death. How do you thank someone for something like that, particularly if you dont know who they are?
But beyond that moral consideration there wont be any difference in the outcome for me. A transplant from this type of source or one from a donor will likely not be a good choice the next time my vision fails. It looks more and more likely that this latest transplant may not prove successful, though there is still hope, even if they have to repeat. But whatever the source the tissue in a transplanted cornea will be replaced by my own faulty tissue within about 10 years, meaning the underlying condition, undoubtedly genetic at its root, will reassert itself.
For someone like me there are two hopes, one wont happen in my lifetime and one may. The first is an outgrowth of this research, where they understand the underlying genetic problems and provide a retro-virus or some other genetic cure so that after a transplant my own tissue wont be my eyesights worst enemy. That wont happen while Im on this Earth. The other chance is actually less likely to happen in my lifetime, but is still a possibility. That would be if they come up with an bio-electronic way to artificially replace my natural vision. It looks likely that research is even further out, but you can never tell. Those breakthroughs are far harder to predict.
My one stipulation is that I wont submit myself to a bionic link to something running on Windows. Its just not going to happen!
Again, thanks for the ping.
The story doesn't mention immunosuppressant drugs, but since it involves transplants from other donors, can we assume it does?
I wonder if it would help in the case of macular degeneration?
Unless you count the embryos that have been slaughtered for the culture of death's ghoulish experimentation.
oh no no no....the columns are registering “success stories”.
They can experiment all they want and feel like they are accomplishing something with mice and rats.
There are no success stories with actual human beings.
You are totally correct in that regard!
I just like to point out that along with the ZERO successes from embryonic stem cell research, we must also consider the carnage that comes with it.
“I just like to point out that along with the ZERO successes from embryonic stem cell research, we must also consider the carnage that comes with it.”
true...and yet the supporters of embryonic stem cell research are correct when they wonder why pro-lifers aren’t making a big stink about all the frozen embryos in the in-vitro clinics that will never see the light of day.
If the stem cells come from another donor, then rejection will be a risk.....if the stem cells can be recovered from the patient themself, then the rejection risk is eliminated
Retinal pigment epithelial transplants have been attempted, but with little success so far. If this can be perfected, then, yes, RPE transplants derived from stem cells would be possible....theoretically
that would be wonderful for all suffering. prayers for continued success in this field.