Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy or PRP® refers to a sample of autologous plasma with platelet concentrations greater than baseline values (13). This blood concentrate contains numerous cytokines and growth factors which can help to initiate and promote healing by stimulating stem cell migration, cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and extracellular matrix synthesis. While clinical studies show mixed results in terms of efficacy, PRP® treatments are being widely utilized today in the treatment of more than 30 diseases and degenerative conditions (2). There are numerous cell-based studies that have demonstrated the positive effects of PRP® preparations on many types of human connective tissue without an apparent increase in adverse events (13).
CytoVive® is proud to offer RegenLab's industry leading family of FDA Approved Class 2 medical devices, Approved for the safe and rapid preparation of autologous platelet rich plasma (PRP) from a small sample of blood at the patient’s point of care. The PRP is mixed with autograft and/or allograft bone prior to application to a bony defect for improving handling characteristics. The RegenKit®-BCT Family Kits are for single use only.
One step - closed system
10 ml blood collection tube
BCT tubes contain proprietary thixotropic gel separator that eliminates and takes the place of a "buffy coat"
BCT tubes contain sodium citrate anticoagulant - 6.7 pH means comfortable injections for your patients
Industry leading 5 min centrifuge spin time - single spin
Industry leading efficiency - platelet recovery between 80-85%
Platelet concentration can be manipulated to clinician's preference
Tubes are available in sterile, double blister packaged 3 packs (BCT-3) to minimize your cost per patient (12).
Proprietary Gel Separator Technology
Regen Lab® USA's industry leading PRP® products feature a proprietary thixotropic gel separator technology. This gel separator not only streamlines the entire protocol, it allows for the recovery of viable and intact platelets while eliminating a multitude of proinflammatory cytokines from the PRP® sample. The Regen® gel is 100% inert (does not interact with blood) and mobilizes to migrate up the wall of the BCT tube during centrifugation, then resolidifies as the centrifuge concludes its 5 minute spin cycle. Upon re-solidification, this gel separator forms a physical barrier that:
Eliminates 99.7% of Red Blood Cells
Eliminates 85% of All Leukocytes
Eliminates 96% of Neutrophils (Granulocytes)
RegenLab® proprietary gel separator technology ensures a 100% reproducible final PRP® product that is vastly superior in terms of quality of the PRP® cocktail and overall protocol efficiency (12.).
The RegenKit®-BCT and RegenKit®-BCT Plus product families (BK110061) are indicated by the U.S. FDA for the safe and rapid preparation of autologous platelet rich plasma from a small sample of blood at the patient’s point of care. The platelet rich plasma is mixed with autograft and/or allograft bone prior to application to a bony defect for improved handling characteristics (12).
Various Growth Factors Identified Within PRP® and
Their Respective Physiologic Effects
Biological Regeneration of Tissues - Latest Therapeutic Approach Using Platelet Rich Plasma [Internet]: Blood Research and Transfusion Journal; c2017 [cited 2017 10/9]. Available from: https://juniperpublishers.com/oabtj/pdf/OABTJ.MS.ID.555553.pdf.
White Blood Cells and Tissue Regeneration
Leukocyte Poor PRP® vs. Leukocyte Rich PRP®
Leukocytes (white blood cells) are known to play key roles in the inflammatory process and as such, their presence within PRP® preparations has been the subject of much research and debate. Granulocytes are a specific type of leukocyte that serve as a primary defense against foreign pathogens. These pathogen-attacking cells are capable of releasing a multitude of highly active antimicrobial substances and proteases. Uncontrolled release of these factors can result in tissue damage, delayed healing, and increased scar tissue formation (4). The Regen® system was specifically designed to eliminate over 96% of granulocytes from Regen® PRP® samples. The small number of white blood cells that do remain are largely lymphocytes and monocytes, which have both been shown to contribute to the healing process (1,3).
RegenLab® PRP® Concentration
Quality vs. Quantity
Contrary to popular belief, platelet concentration is only one of many factors that contribute to the regenerative potential of a PRP® sample, and higher concentration is not always better. Particularly advantageous regenerative effects seem to occur when using PRP® containing near-physiological platelet concentrations (10). It has been shown that PRP® preparations with platelet concentrations greater than 2.5X (that of baseline platelet concentration) may result in a reduction in stem cell proliferation and suboptimal osteoblast function (8). Studies also show that PRP® preparations containing platelet concentrations between 1 - 3X have actually demonstrated more potent healing potential than PRP® preparations containing platelet concentrations between 3 - 8X (15). Another study found that the use of PRP® with a platelet concentration of 1.3X provided "rapid and consistent" improvement in more than 95% of study cohort applications within just two weeks of PRP® treatment!
The Regen® system was specifically designed to produce autologous PRP® with a platelet concentration of 1.6X. Although the Regen® protocol does provide clinicians with the freedom to manipulate final PRP® concentration to their preference, the aspiration of platelet poor plasma prior to platelet aggregate resuspension, for the sole purpose of increasing concentration, is not advised (12).
Activated PRP® vs. Naive PRP®
A physician may choose to treat specific indications with activated PRP® as opposed to PRP® in its resting state. When PRP® is "activated" there are two things that occur, the first is an immediate degranulation of the platelets which release growth factors from their α-granules. The other process that takes place following PRP® activation is fibrinogen cleavage which initiates a matrix-like clot to form within the activated PRP® sample (14). This clot can manifest itself as a gel-like a solidification within minutes of activation which may impact several clinical applications (5). For example, if an activated PRP® preparation is to be delivered through a syringe, then the injection must take place immediately following activation in order for the concentrate to pass through the injection needle before it solidifies.
Platelet activation achieves the goal of facilitating rapid growth factor release, but it is also important to consider that growth factors maintain short half-lives. If these growth factors do not bind to cellular receptors immediately following alpha-granule release then they may be degraded before they can be metabolized in ways that contribute to the regenerative process. A rapid activation of platelets may actually be associated with a decrease in the overall amount of growth factors available at the treatment site over time, however some indications have been shown to benefit from a less-sustained growth factor release (11).
Activated PRP® in its gel form allows for the blood concentrate to remain at the treatment site for an extended period of time (6). This PRP® gel can also be used as a suturable membrane in some surgical settings. Naive liquid PRP® on the other hand has the benefit of providing increased plasma dispersion, which can increase the target tissue area and may enhance clinical outcomes in other applications (7). Naive PRP® and activated PRP® have both been shown to promote significant healing across a wide spectrum of clinical settings. There is currently a lack of standardization in PRP® treatment application techniques and protocols so it is very important that clinicians continue to stay informed on the latest application techniques for the specific indications that they are treating in order to facilitate an optimal healing environment for each treatment site.
Regen Lab® Activated Platelet Rich Plasma - 100% Natural
The RegenKit®-BCT Plus product family is used for the preparation of autologous PRP® activated by an autologous thrombin serum. This is a 100% natural activation process that does not require the addition of any exogenous chemicals. Upon addition to the PRP® concentrate, the Regen® ATS (Autologous Thrombin Serum) provides thrombin enzymes that immediately begin to cleave fibrinogen (present in the PRP® sample) into fibrin monomers. These fibrin monomers then undergo polymerization as they form a clot that serves as a three dimensional matrix that acts like a framework for new tissue reconstruction. This matrix also keeps platelets entrapped at the treatment site and allows for long lasting growth factor release at that precise location. The addition of Regen® ATS serum to Regen® PRP® allows for the formation of fibrin polymers to take on several different forms such as:
Platelet Rich Fibrin Gel
Platelet Rich Fibrin Glue
Platelet Rich Fibrin Topical Spray
Suturable Platelet Rich Fibrin Membrane (12).
The FDA's Stance on Platelet Rich Plasma
Per the FDA, PRP®'s intended use is in an operative setting to be mixed with bone graft materials in order to enhance bone graft handling and healing properties for orthopaedic and dental applications. PRP® use outside of this setting is considered to be "off label".
It is important to note that the FDA does not regulate the practice of medicine. Clinicians are free to use a product off label as long as certain responsibilities are met:
Clinicians using PRP® off label (office injections) as part of good medical practice and in the best interest of the patient have the responsibility to be well informed about the product, to base its use on firm scientific rationale and on sound medical evidence, and to keep records of its use; however, they do not require submission of an IND or IDE to the FDA or oversight from an institutional review board (IRB).
The language in 21 CFR 1271 regarding the manipulation of cells has impacted the use of cultured stem cells, causing concern for some over activated PRP®. Clinicians using activated PRP® should be mindful of these concerns and continue to stay informed (13).