Muscle Growth and Injury
Research by the Optistem, a European Union-funded research body, confirmed that a non-muscle type of cell (called a pericyte) can switch to help make muscle during normal growth. These cells are normally found on blood vessels and contributed to the growth of muscle fibres and muscle stem cells.
The process of repairing tissue after injury is called regeneration. While the pericytes were available to assist the normal muscle stem cells in repairing tissue it is not known to what extent their contribution is.
The use of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is also beneficial in reducing the consequent inflammation in tissue injury.