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Open Access Stem Cell Therapy for Tendon Injury

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Tendon injury may occur suddenly or progressively, and can be divided into tendon rupture or tendinopathy based on the severity of injury. It is frequently found in professional or nonprofessional people who are making repetitive movements. In aged people, tendon degeneration becomes obvious; their tendon injuries are then frequently evident. No effective therapies for tendon injury are currently available. In this article, we review the tendon structure, mechanisms of tendon injury, and tendon healing process. More importantly, cell-based therapies for tendon injury are fully addressed, which will play an important role for tendon therapy in the near future.
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Keywords: Cell therapy; Stem cell; Tendon injury

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, China Medical University Beigang Hospital. Yunlin, Taiwan, ROC

Publication date: 2013-04-01

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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