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Spinal cord injury (SCI)

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A study in rats suggests neural stem cell transplantation could help treat SCI. In rats with transected spinal cords, transplantation of rat or human neural stem cells embedded in a growth factor-seeded matrix led to engraftment. Rats receiving neural transplantation showed axonal growth that filled the spinal cord lesion cavity and had greater locomotive recovery than rats not given a transplantation. Next steps include conducting longer-term studies and testing the approach in larger animal models.

SciBX 5(39); doi:10.1038/scibx.2012.1037
Published online Oct. 4, 2012

Patent application filed covering composition of matter and technique; available for licensing

Lu, P. et al. Cell; published online
Sept. 14, 2012;
Contact: Mark Tuszynski, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
Contact: Paul Lu, same affiliation as above