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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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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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