Apparent stem cell transplant success in mice may hold promise for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS , or Lou Gehrig's disease. The results of the study were released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16 to 23, Stem cell transplants may represent a promising avenue for effective cell-based treatment for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. For the study, mice with an animal model of ALS were injected with human neural stem cells taken from human induced pluripotent stem cells iPSCs. Neurons are a basic building block of the nervous system, which is affected by ALS.
Stem Cells and MS: What's at Stake?
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The U. The results are part of an FDA-approved, ongoing clinical trial, with collaborations between researchers in the U. The phase 3 trial started in originally, and has been adding patients and observing results since then. The procedure was developed by Dr. Richard Burt of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and is a variation of some standard cancer treatments. This leads to the neurological symptoms seen with MS.
Adult stem cells tackle multiple sclerosis
A few months ago, Dr. Thomas Einhorn was treating a patient with a broken ankle that wouldn't heal, even with multiple surgeries. So he sought help from the man's own body. Einhorn drew bone marrow from the man's pelvic bone with a needle, condensed it to about four teaspoons of rich red liquid, and injected that into his ankle. Four months later the ankle was healed.
All rights reserved. Learn about how Celltex is helping to improve the quality of life of individuals suffering from MS by using their own stem cells. MS damages the insulating tissue, called myelin, that covers nerve cells in the brain or spinal cord. Damage to the myelin blocks the nerves from carrying electrical impulses through the brain or body, disrupting body processes — which may include brain function, muscle control, vision and bladder function — and causing the symptoms of MS. It is unknown why people develop MS, but research suggests that it may be caused by a previous infection or harmful environmental exposure.