Stem Cells Helping Paralyzed Rats
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new study led by Martin Marsala, M.D., a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California at San Diego, found that injecting human stem cells into rats with an acute spinal cord injury caused neuronal regeneration as well as improved the rats’ function and mobility.
In the study, researchers took neural stem cells from human fetal spinal cords and then grafted those stem cells to the site of spinal injury in rats three days after the injury took place. Not only did the stem cells fill any injury-caused cavities or cysts, but “The primary benefits were improvement in the positioning and control of paws during walking tests and suppression of muscle spasticity,” Dr. Marsala was quoted as saying.
For more information, go to http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2013-05-28-stem-cell-spinal-graft.aspx.
SOURCE: Stem Cell Research & Therapy, May 2013
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