Medicinal mesenchymal cells that could help in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis

13 April, 2020

Researchers from the Advanced Therapies Unit of IDCBIS advance in the research on the biology of mesenchymal cells and their possible applications in medicine, with the aim of improving the quality of life of patients with different conditions.

Why are these cells causing interest in the medical world?

Mesenchymal cells are actively involved in the repair and regeneration of some tissues such as bone, cartilage and skin. These cells can multiply artificially in a suitable environment and specialize according to the stimuli they receive to achieve their reparative effect.Mesenquimalv4

Impressive, isn't it? And these cells are in your body right now.

In IDCBIS laboratories, scientists investigate the properties of mesenchymal cells in controlled environments. There are still many questions to be answered about mesenchymal cells, so our team of researchers is studying them, modifying them, controlling them and developing technologies that will allow them to be used in the future as drugs to improve the lives of patients.

One of their characteristics is that they are immunomodulatory cells.


The capacity of these cells to regulate the immune system has been scientifically proven, and when activated in excess, it can affect a person's health.

La artritis reumatoide es una enfermedad en la cual nuestro propio sistema inmunitario ataca diferentes estructuras y tejidos del cuerpo, produciendo dolor e inflamación crónica. A partir de la investigación que se adelanta en la Unidad de Terapias Avanzadas del IDCBIS se busca aprovechar la capacidad de regulación inmunológica de estas células, buscando en un futuro próximo poder aplicarlas en pacientes con esta enfermedad, en especial en aquellas personas que no responden a las terapias convencionales disponibles.

Their possible use in the treatment of some autoimmune diseases such as RA, systemic lupus erythematosus or multiple sclerosis, among others, illustrates the potential of these cells (which we will talk much more about in future articles).

In other words

These cells multiply and grow, they also develop and specialize. While some generate bone tissue, others can produce muscle or cartilage tissue. We can compare their development to that of a community of people where individuals multiply and grow, but specialize in a function to contribute to the community, while some become engineers, others become sociologists or doctors, etc.

Did you know that there are cells that specialize in creating our blood? You can learn more about them at

Our objective with this article is to let you know some important facts about the research that is taking place today in the city of Bogota with this type of cells. There are many more interesting characteristics and details about mesenchymal cells and in general about the technological advances that make possible the development of products based on cells with medicinal properties.

Below you can see what the mesenchymal cells look like. Photograph taken in our laboratory, where they are observed with fibroblastoid shape adherent to the plastic of the culture flask.

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