Stem cells in neurodegeneration: challenges and future neurotherapeutic prospects
In a follow up study by Prof. W.S. Poon and Dr. P.K. Lam's team from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Dr. Wang's group, they successfully transplanted mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to the brain by topical application in an experimental traumatic brain injury model. Indeed, MSCs delivered to the brain surface were able to migrate to the damaged TBI site. This novel approach makes up for the numerous drawbacks associated with systemic infusion. Moreover, MSCs are capable of neurorepair and neuroprotection, which make their successful transplantation even more significant (Lam et al., 2013).
A combination of these different results can be therapeutically valuable to treat neurodegenerative disorders. As illustrated in this mini-review published in Neural Regeneration Research, Vol. 9, No.: "other and our laboratories are increasingly focusing on combining the use of pharmacological agents (such as Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) inhibitors or other growth factors (such as BDNF) and stem cell treatment to enhance the survivability and/or differentiation capacity of transplanted stem cells in neurotrauma or other neurodegeneration animal models". Nonetheless, the author highlighted the fact that "we still haven't fully grasped the concept of neurogenesis and how it really works", although it is primordial if we want to conceive new therapeutic techniques for neurodegenerative diseases and injuries.
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"Stem cells in neurodegeneration: challenges and future neurotherapeutic prospects" by Tarek H. Mouhieddine1, Firas H. Kobeissy1, 2, Muhieddine Itani3, Amaly Nokkari4, Kevin K.W. Wang2
Mouhieddine TH, Kobeissy FH, Itani M, Nokkari A, Wang KKW. Stem cells in neuroinjury and neurodegenerative disorders: challenges and future neurotherapeutic prospects. Neural Regen Res. 2014;9(9): 901-906.
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