ALS Stem Cell Therapy

Learn About ALS & Celltex Stem Cell Therapy

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurological condition that causes the brain’s motor neurons (the cells responsible for operating organs and muscles) to gradually break down and die. Learn about how Celltex is helping to improve the quality of life of individuals suffering from ALS by using their own stem cells.

Condition Overview

What Is ALS Disease?

As the neurons break down, the body loses its ability to control the muscles needed to eat, breathe, move and speak. While the causes of ALS remain a mystery to the medical community, it is known that approximately 5-10% of cases are inherited.

Researchers are also currently studying factors such as gene mutation, chemical imbalances and disorganized immune responses as possible causes. There is no cure for ALS.

Stem Cell Therapy Research

How Can Celltex Stem Cell Therapy Help?

Stem cell therapies for ALS are actively being explored. According to the ALS Association, stem cells represent both an important tool to discover the origins of ALS and to generate new therapeutics. The therapeutic potential of stem cells, including neural stem cells derived from embryonic stem cells and autologous injected mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), are being explored to improve function and slow decline.

Under certain conditions, the injected MSCs may release neurotrophic, pro-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory factors. MSCs under certain conditions may release brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and basic growth factors (bFGF) to protect injured neurons, inhibit neuron apoptosis, induce neuron survival, and stimulate endogenous neural progenitor proliferation and differentiation, as well as encourage synaptic connection from damaged neurons. MSCs may also produce an extracellular matrix to support neural cell attachment, growth and extension. It is of interest to explore MSCs for treatment of ALS clinical symptoms given their neurotropic properties and their ability to reduce neuroinflammation, and research is underway to validate this and determine the best conditions to maximize the potential therapeutic response. Transplantation of MSCs in humans for a variety of conditions has, to date, been generally well tolerated.

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Discover more about Celltex from past clients and our medical experts, and see our state-of-the-art Houston-based laboratory and partner hospitals. After viewing, we invite you to attend a live seminar or connect with client services to answer any remaining questions.

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Why Choose Celltex?

The Celltex Difference

Our mission is to improve your quality of life. That’s why we have invested in technology that allows us to do what no one else can: produce millions of genetically stable stem cells that can provide a lifetime of relief. We invite you to explore more about what makes Celltex a leader in regenerative medicine and what it means for you.

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Is stem cell therapy right for you?

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Eight out of 10 Celltex clients have seen improvement in their conditions. Could you be one of them? Answering a few simple questions will help you determine if stem cell therapy can work for you.

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