Researchers Funded by National MS Society Promote Myelin Repair in Mouse Models
May 4, 2016
Researchers at the University of California, Davis promoted the formation of new myelin – the nerve-insulating material damaged by multiple sclerosis – in mouse models. They also caused improvements in some cognitive functions. The team used a strategy that involved generating immature astrocytes (cells that support the structure of the brain) using “induced pluripotent stem cells,” which are produced by reprogramming adult skin cells. When transplanted into mice, the cells stimulated myelin repair, along with improvements in learning and memory. Studying this novel strategy further may yield a solution for restoring function in people with MS.
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