Wharton’s Jelly is a gel-like tissue in the umbilical cord that cushions, supports and protects the umbilical arteries and vein. Wharton’s Jelly may be preferred over amniotic membrane or amniotic fluid in many instances because it contains a higher concentration of long-chain hyaluronic acid, cytokines and growth factors; up to 50 times more. WJ tissue yields the highest concentration of allogeneic MSC’s when compared to adipose tissue.1
Picture caption: Cross-sectional diagram of human umbilical cord showing anatomical compartments, including Wharton’s jelly, as a source of stem cells. Source: Int J Mol Sci 2013 Jun; 14(6) 11692-11712.