WisBusiness: Researchers exploring new regenerative medicines

WisBusiness: Researchers exploring new regenerative medicines

Researchers are exploring ways to regrow damaged tissues using specialized blood cells that play a role in diseases such as fibrosis.

These fibrocytes cluster around wounds once they start healing, changing shape to facilitate that process. According to a recent UW-Madison study published in the journal Science Advances, the cells play a role in “both adaptive and maladaptive wound healing,” meaning the healing process can sometimes go overboard.

In the study, Associate Professor of Surgery Nathan Welham and his colleagues showed these fibrocytes could be used to regrow vocal cords or other tissues that become damaged or removed.

“This study shows their potential,” Welham says. “It’s a paradigm shift. Fibrocytes are not just bad guys that cause terrible fibrosis.”

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