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SAGE-Hindawi Access to Research, Stem Cells International, Volume 2011, Article ID 943216, 10 pages


Copyright © 2011 Eduardo Mansilla et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License


One of the most important and complex diseases ofmodern society is metabolic syndrome. This syndrome has not been completely understood, and therefore an effective treatment is not available yet. We propose a possible stem cell mechanism involved in the development ofmetabolic syndrome. This way of thinking lets us consider also other significant pathologies that could have similar etiopathogenic pathways, like lipodystrophic syndromes, progeria, and aging. All these clinical situations could be the consequence of a progressive and persistent stemcell exhaustion syndrome (SCES). Themain outcome of this SCES would be an irreversible loss of the effective regenerative mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) pools. In this way, the normal repairing capacities of the organism could become inefficient. Our point of view could open the possibility for a new strategy of treatment in metabolic syndrome, lipodystrophic syndromes, progeria, and even aging: stem cell therapies.