Neural Stem Cell Repair Mechanism in the Brain Revealed

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