Stem Cells Repair Damage via “First Aid Kits”

Scientists found that neural stem cells deliver restorative materials to other cells through vesicle transport.

In a recently published study, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge has shown that neural stem cells are able to communicate and alleviate damage in other cells by transferring vesicles filled with molecules that enable the cells to repair themselves.  The cellular “first aid kits” contain proteins and nucleic acids that stimulate gene activation and signaling pathways to help the injured target cells survive.

As stated by Dr. Stefano Pluchino, lead author of the study, “[Our work] represents a significant advance in understanding the many levels of interaction between stem cells and the immune system, and a new mechanism to explain how stem cell therapy works.” A better understanding of this process will allow researchers to identify ways of maximizing the efficiency of stem cell based treatments.

Dr. Pluchino’s research is an example of how scientists are gaining insights that will facilitate more effective treatments leading to better outcomes.  To learn more about the value of preserving your own stem cells for use in future therapies and how to bank your own stem cells through a non-evasive and affordable method by recovering your dental pulp stem cells, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.



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