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Human stem cells repair damage caused by radiation therapy for brain cancer in rats

For patients with , radiation is a powerful and potentially life-saving treatment, but it can also cause considerable and even permanent injury to the brain. Now, through preclinical experiments conducted in rats, researchers have developed a method to turn human into cells that are instructed to repair damage in the brain. Rats treated with the regained cognitive and motor functions that were lost after brain irradiation. The findings are reported in the February 5 issue of the journal Cell Stem Cell.

Human Stem Cell Transplants in Rats Post Brain Irradiation
Rats treated with the human cells regained cognitive and motor functions that were lost after brain irradiation.
Credit:Dr. Denis Soulet, Laval University, Quebec


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Funding for the research was provided by the NIH/NINDS and the New York Stem Cell Board (NYSTEM).

Cell Stem Cell, Piao et al.: “Human embryonic stem cell-derived oligodendrocyte progenitors remyelinate the brain and rescue behavioral deficits following radiation”

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