Cells from small biopsies can be used to grow large numbers of a patient’s own protective brain cells
October 4, 2013
They then multiplied the cells in culture to generate millions of patient-specific cells that were then subjected to genetic analysis.
These cells exhibited regeneration and characteristics of a fundamental class of brain cells, called glia. The cells expressed a broad array of natural and potent protective agents, called neurotrophic factors.
“It is our hope that the results of this study provide a footing for further advancement of personalized, cell-based treatments for currently incurable and devastating neurological disorders,” said Matthew O. Hebb, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC, a researcher involved in the work from the Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences (Neurosurgery), Oncology and Otolaryngology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Such lab-grown therapeutic brain cells could be used in the future to treat a wide range of neurological conditions like Parkinson’s, and also express a broad array of natural and potent protective agents providing preservation and protection against injury, toxins and diseases.
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