Auto-immune hepatitis is an inflammatory auto-immune disease of the liver. It often occurs with other auto-immune conditions such as scleroderma, lupus, Crohn’s, and Graves thyroid disease. Patients experience fatigue, loss of appetite, itching, and abdominal distension. Treatment with corticosteroids is the standard of care, but the hepatitis may cause cirrhosis (scarring) and eventually lead to liver failure. A new study from Germany indicates that it is important to establish the diagnosis before cirrhosis develops. Research is ongoing to evaluate the effects of stem cells on auto-immune conditions.

     We use a specific SVF deployment protocol for hepatitis that attempts to utilize the potential immune-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors). SVF is deployed systemically and may require repeat dosing. This is done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately three hours.

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Cell Surgical Network Study for Stromal Vascular Fraction Registered by

Rancho Mirage, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2013, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health has registered on their public site an IRB approved safety study from the Cell Surgical Network, Inc.. This study is available for patients with various degenerative and inflammatory conditions to undergo Stromal Vascular Fraction deployment for the evaluation and for the advancement of future stem cell therapy procedures. Stromal Vascular Fraction is rich in autologous adipose derived stem cells and growth factors.

Stromal Vascular Fraction (SVF) is obtained by lipo-harvesting, procurement, and lipo-transfer as a same day operative procedure to provide therapy to patients with various degenerative and inflammatory diseases. Patients must be 16 years or older, male or female and have a degenerative disease or inflammatory disease that meets criteria for treatment under the IRB which includes: Arthritis, Auto-immune disease, COPD, Cardiomyopathy, Peyronies Disease, Interstitial Cystitis, Erectile Dysfunction, and Neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s, ALS, Neuropathy. Patients must be healthy enough to tolerate a local anesthetic, must not have active cancer or infections.

Dr. Elliot Lander, and Dr. Mark Berman, founders of the Cell Surgical Network Inc. will conduct the study: “Ever since our inception, it’s been our goal to maintain transparency during our investigations. With a closed surgical procedure we can provide effective safety studies and evolve good empirical data that will allow us and others to ultimately refine our protocols,” says Dr. Berman.

The purpose of the safety study is to evaluate for any adverse effects that may be related to the administration and reception of autologous adipose derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF). Secondarily, the study monitors the results of subjective and objective findings as it applies to the non-blinded deployment of autologous SVF for various inflammatory and/or degenerative conditions including select orthopedic, neurologic, urologic and cardio-pulmonary conditions. SVF deployments include intra-venous, intra-articular, and soft tissue injections.

Outcome measures will include the number of participants with adverse events related to either SVF deployment or the lipo-harvesting procedure. Interested patients should contact the treatment center by phone: 800-231-0407 or via email: info(at)cellsurgicalnetwork(dot)com

About Cell Surgical Network:

The affiliates of the Cell Surgical Network (CSN) are devoted to advancing access and quality care in the area of adult stem cell regenerative medicine in order to help people suffering from a variety of inflammatory and degenerative conditions. The Cell Surgical Network was founded nearly two years after the formation of the California Stem Cell Treatment Center (founded in 2010). Affiliate members are generally made up of multi-state and international teams of multidisciplinary physicians in order to best assess and provide care for our patients. The Cell Surgical Network emphasizes quality and is highly committed to clinical research and the advancement of regenerative medicine.


Promising pharmacological, molecular and cellular treatments of autoimmune hepatitis.

Current corticosteroid regimens are effective in autoimmune hepatitis, but therapy can be complicated by side effects, disease progression, incomplete response, and relapse after drug withdrawal. The aims of this review are to describe the promising pharmacological, molecular and cellular interventions for autoimmune hepatitis and to stimulate further investigations that can refresh or replace current treatments. Murine models that introduce pertinent human disease-related antigens by vaccination or viral infection promise a resource by which to evaluate new treatments. Promising new drug therapies include the calcineurin-inhibitors (cyclosporine, tacrolimus), next generation purine antagonists (mycophenolate mofetil, 6-thioguanine nucleotides), next generation glucocorticoids (budesonide, deflazacort), and inhibitors of the mammalian target of rapamycin (rapamycin). Feasible molecular interventions are recombinant molecules that affect immune regulatory pathways (cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4, recombinant interleukin 10), monoclonal antibodies that disrupt activation pathways (antibodies to CD3, CD28, CD 20, or tumor necrosis factor-α), and synthetic peptides that block antigen display or promote antigen desensitization (oral tolerance). New methods to stimulate or replenish regulatory T cell populations (adoptive transfer, mesenchymal stem cell or autologous bone marrow transplantation) are feasible as are genetic manipulations (gene silencing) and gene supplementations (gene replacement therapy). The emergence of new therapies for autoimmune hepatitis requires a standardized and universalized animal model of the human disease, consensus regarding the most promising modality to be tested, and formation of a cooperative international network of committed clinical investigators to evaluate new therapies in a pre-designed rigorous yet expeditious fashion.

PMID: 21902661
Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in 48 patients with end-stage chronic liver diseases.

2010;19(11):1475-86. doi: 10.3727/096368910X514314. Epub 2010 Jun 29.

The only presently viable treatment for end-stage liver disease is whole organ transplantation. However, there are insufficient livers available. The aim of the present study is to provide autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells as a potential therapeutic for patients with end-stage cirrhosis. This is a retrospective chart review of autologous stem cell treatment in 48 patients, 36 with chronic end-stage hepatitis C-induced liver disease and 12 with end-stage autoimmune liver disease. For all patients, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor was administered to mobilize their hematopoietic stem cells. Following leukapheresis, CD34(+) stem cells were isolated, amplified, and partially differentiated in culture, then reinjected into each subject via their hepatic artery or portal vein. Treatment was generally well tolerated with the expected moderate but transient bone pain from G-CSF in less than half of the patients. Three patients had serious treatment-related complications, and only 20.8% of these end-stage liver disease patients died during 12 months of follow up. For all patients there was a statistically significant decrease in ascites. There was clinical and biochemical improvement in a large percentage of patients who received the transplantation. In the viral group, there were marked changes in albumin (p = 0.0003), bilirubin (p = 0.04), INR (p = 0.0003), and ALT levels (p = 0.02). In the autoimmune group, values also improved significantly for albumin (p = 0.001), bilirubin (p = 0.002), INR (p = .0005), and ALT levels (p = 0.003). These results suggest that autologous CD34(+) stem cell transplantation may be safely administered and appears to offer some therapeutic benefit to patients with both viral and autoimmune-induced end-stage liver disease.

PMID: 20587151
Efficiency of Cell Therapy in Liver Cirrhosis.

2016 Feb;160(4):542-7. doi: 10.1007/s10517-016-3215-7. Epub 2016 Feb 23.

We studied safety and clinical efficacy of transplantation of autologous bone marrow cell in complex therapy of 158 patients with chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver. The efficiency of cell therapy was assessed in 12 months after single injection of the cells. The positive response (alleviation of liver cirrhosis or stabilization of the pathological process) was observed in 70% cases. The efficacy of therapy correlated with the severity and etiology of the disease and was maximum in patients with Child-Pugh class A (in 82.5% cases) and class B liver cirrhosis (in 79% cases); in patients with class C liver cirrhosis, the positive response was achieved in 42.5% cases. In 39 patients, ultrasonic examination performed in 3 years after transplantation revealed no focal lesions or ectopic ossification foci.

KEYWORDS: bone marrow; cirrhosis of the liver; stem cells; transplantation
PMID: 26902361
Stem cell, biomaterials and growth factors therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma.

2017 Apr;88:1046-1053. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2017.01.154. Epub 2017 Feb 8.

Hepatocellular carcinoma is an antecedent of liver illnesses, including viral hepatitis, alcohol abuse, or metabolic disease. Transforming growth factor-Beta (TGF-b) plays an important role in creating a favorable microenvironment for tumor cell growth via two major mechanisms: an intrinsic activity as an autocrine growth factor and an extrinsic activity by inducing microenvironment changes. Recently stem cell therapy as also been a promising and potential treatment for liver cancer and in addition signaling pathways like GF/GFR systems, SDF-1α/CXC4 ligand receptor interaction and PI3K/Akt signaling, and cytokines has been identified to regulate cell fate decisions, and can be utilized to positively influence cell therapy outcomes. Thus stem cell-based therapy, together with signaling pathways can become a practical option in regenerative processes for replacing dead hepatocytes cells. Targeted drug delivery systems (TDDS) via biomaterials are presently been explored for cancer therapeutics especially liver cancer as it allows the enhancement of drug concentration in the liver and decrease the dosage and side effects. This review is intended to give a comprehensive summary of available liver cancer therapy using stem cells, growth factor and biomaterials.

KEYWORDS: Growth factors; Hepatocytes; Liver cancer; Stem cells; Therapy