Scientists have made functional brain neurons from skin cells in mice

on August 5, 2014

Scientists are making progress with brain cell therapy to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease. Basically they have grafted neurons that were reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice. This is still a ways off from implementation in humans, but who knows what the future will bring?

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted neurons reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice for the first time with long-term stability. Six months after implantation, the neurons had become fully functionally integrated into the brain. This successful, because lastingly stable, implantation of neurons raises hope for future therapies that will replace sick neurons with healthy ones in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients, for example. The Luxembourg researchers published their results in the current issue of ‘Stem Cell Reports’.

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