Researchers at UC, San Francisco found that proteins involved in the generation of neurons early in development also help neural stem cells produce neurons after birth. Furthermore, the researchers identified a self-repair mechanism in the brain that relies on these neural stem cells. Understanding how endogenous neural stem cells repair and remodel a mature brain is critical to successful stem cell therapy.
Cell: December 15, 2006
CIRM-funded author: Chay Kuo (T1-00002)
Related Information: Press release, UCSF Institute for Regeneration Medicine