About Epithelial Stem Cells (EpSCs)

EpSCs are pluripotent and have the capability of being differentiated into all different epithelial cell types. EpSCs are considered a key resource for epidermal and skin regeneration as they have demonstrated the potential in the treatment of skin wounds, ocular surface disorders and eyes with persistent epithelial defect.

EpSC Clinical Trials – Global Institutions

Diseases Names of Universities or Research Institutions
Skin Wound Singapore General Hospital Burn Centre
Ocular Surface Disorders
  • Singapore Eye Research Institute
  • Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan
Persistent Epithelial Defect National Eye Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam

 

EpSC Application Reports

woundEpSCs and Wound Healing

  • Treatment trial was conducted by Singapore General Hospital, Burn Centre;
  • 8 patients with 10 skin wounds were treated with autologous and allogenic skin epithelium (keratinocytes) cultured and transplanted with polymer dressing aid;
  • Rapid re-epithelialization, closure and healing of wounds were observed.

Source: Tay AG et al. Cultured subconfluent keratinocytes on wound polymer dressings in the treatment of burns and chronic wounds. Wounds 2000 12(5):127-133.


ocularEpSCs and Ocular Surface Disorders

  • Treatment trial was conducted by Singapore Eye Research Centre;
  • 7 patients in Singapore with various ocular surface disorders received treatment;
  • Autologous harvesting and cultivation of conjunctival epithelial stem cells were used;
  • Transplantation of cultured stem cells on human amniotic membrane;
  • All patients fully recovered: disease resolution and complication free.

Source: Tan DT et al. Reconstruction of the ocular surface by transplantation of a serum-free derived cultivated conjunctival epithelial equivalent. Transplantation 2004 77(11): 1729-1734.


EpSCs and Persistent Epithelial Defect

  • Treatment trial was conducted by National Eye Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam;
  • Cord lining EpSC was transplanted into 31 eyes with persistent epithelial defect
  • 29 out of 31 eyes (93.5%) healed with a single EpSC transplant;;
  • Normal corneal healing was observed in all 29 cases with 3-27 months follow-up.

Source: Department of Cornea and External Diseases , National Eye Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam

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