Umbilical cord tissue – particularly rich in valuable stem cells

Double stem cell power

The umbilical cord is the lifeline between mother and child. It contains many blood vessels, through which the umbilical cord blood pulses. For the blood vessels to withstand the stress and not to bend, they are covered by umbilical cord tissue to protect and support the cord.

This umbilical cord tissue contains a particularly large number of mesenchymal stem cells, which makes it particularly interesting for stem cell therapy. Vita 34 is the only provider in Germany offering the storage of umbilical cord tissue. By storing umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue, you get the double stem cell power.

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Section of umbilical cord. You can see the umbilical vein leading blood with high oxygen content from the placenta to the child. The two umbilical arteries divert blood that contains high carbon dioxide and little nutrients away from the child. The tissue of the Wharton’s jelly serves to protect and fill. The umbilical cord contains a particularly large number of mesenchymal stem cells

 

 

Stem cells from umbilical cord tissue

Umbilical cord tissue contains a particularly high concentration of mesenchymal stem cells.

Currently, mesenchymal stem cells are applied in more than 500 clinical studies worldwide, e.g. concerning vascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, or joint arthritis. Furthermore, they may inhibit unwanted reactions of the immune system and thus reduce rejections, which may occur e.g. in case of leukemia after the transplantation of allogeneic stem cells. The so-called graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) is unfortunately still a dreaded complication.

Today already starts to show that autologous, mesenchymal stem cells will be applied more often than allogeneic donor stem cells, even though the fields of research in regenerative medicine are substantial and promising. Medical experts and scientists hope to discover even more extensive therapeutic options using mesenchymal stem cells in the future.

 

How does freezing the umbilical cord actually work?

The process of preserving the stem cells from umbilical cord tissue starts at the maternity clinic. After the umbilical cord was cut, at first the umbilical cord blood is collected in a bag. Then, the doctor or midwife cuts the umbilical cord near the placenta to get a piece that is as long as possible. The umbilical cord tissue is sent together with the umbilical cord blood by courier to the Vita 34 laboratory.

It took a lot of development time to bring the procedure from collection at the clinic to freezing the umbilical cord tissue to perfection. The process of preserving an entire umbilical cord is even more complex than the cryo-preservation of umbilical cord blood.

"The umbilical cord may be more than 50 centimeters long and the more Vita 34 gets for preservation, the more mesenchymal stem cells can be harvested later.”

Dr. Mario Lehmann, Medical Manager Production

The greatest challenge when storing umbilical cord tissue is microbial growth. A natural birth is not sterile. For this not to affect the quality of the stem cell preparation later, Vita 34 tries to minimize the bacterial exposure already during transportation. The collection box is most suited for this purpose. It contains a special transport solution to place the umbilical cord in immediately after it was cut. When the umbilical cord arrives at the laboratory, it is again thoroughly disinfected, cleaned, and washed to make sure that even the last germ has been erased. Then, the umbilical cord sections are frozen at approximately minus 180 degrees Celsius in a special freezing bag, protected in an aluminum cassette..

Vita 34 is the only provider in Germany offering the storage of umbilical cord tissue. By storing umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue, you get the double stem cell power.

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Advantages and special properties of umbilical cord blood

Stem cells from umbilical cord blood and tissue are true all-rounders. A stem cell deposit is available for life and provides for safety. If the worst comes to the worst, the umbilical cord blood can be prepared for application within the bounds of a stem cell therapy. The cord blood stem cells are unique, young, and particularly adaptive.

Store umbilical cord blood safely with Vita 34

Vita 34 is the most experienced provider in the German-speaking countries and your competent partner in storing umbilical cord blood and tissue. We developed reliable processes and safe materials for storage so that the stem cells are available in top quality even after years.

Umbilical cord blood in modern medicine

The potential of stem cells from umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue for the health precaution of your child is enormous. Scientists expect groundbreaking new findings and developments in the field of stem cell therapy in the next years. Vita 34 too works on enhancing the possibilities of application of umbilical cord blood. In collaboration with renowned universities and research institutions, Vita 34 investigates new therapeutic options regarding the treatment of stroke, heart attack, hematopoietic diseases, and diabetes type 1.

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As a precaution, store either the umbilical cord blood or the umbilical cord tissue after the birth of your child. We offer both at different prices and terms. Also a financing is possible. Optionally, you can also donate the umbilical cord blood.

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Storing cord blood and cord tissue

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