Stem cells used to treat Parkinson’s
The first experiment of transplantation of induced pluripotent stem cells for this purpose conducted in Japan, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.
Scientists from the University of Koto for the first time in history, held a transplant of nerve cells grown from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). They were transplanted into the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease, affecting nerve cells and contributing to their reduction, leads to loss of mobility and slow cognitive processes. Until now, medicine could only alleviate the symptoms but not to cure the disease.
“We spent the first transplantation. Postoperative process consider favorable,” he said at a press conference, Jun Takahashi, Professor at the University.
A patient who last month underwent surgery, is a man older than 50 years.
The transplanted cells were obtained from normal human skin cells. Induced to include those cells which can form any type of human tissue.
The study on this topic conducted by Professor Shinya Yamanaka, was awarded in 2012 the Nobel prize.