Scientists in the US (UC, UCSD) and China (Wuhan) have found a way to convert stem cells into functional neurons. The researchers were able to suppress an RNA-binding protein, inducing the stem cells to become neurons. This gives hope for a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), which will afflict one in four Americans over their lifetime.
Lead researcher Xiang-Dong Fu, PhD, professor of cellular and molecular medicine at UC San Diego, comments, “If we learn how to manipulate PTB, which appears to be a kind of master regulator, we might eventually be able to avoid some of these problems by creating new neurons in patients using their own cells adjacent deteriorating neurons”.
This research demonstrates the viability of stem cell-derived neurons in recovering degenerated motor function, opening the door for further research surrounding stem cell therapies to treat neural degeneration caused by disease and aging. To learn more about the value of preserving your own stem cells for use in future regenerative therapies, and how banking your dental pulp stem cells provides you and your family with a non-evasive and affordable opportunity, visit www.StemSave.com or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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