Nanotechnology may aid use of stem cells for spinal cord injury repair
Future repairs of injured spinal cord and other nerves could be accomplished with the aid of stem cells grown in self-assembling three-dimensional biodegradable scaffolds of nanofibers.
The fibers, delivered in liquid form, self-assemble into a scaffold within seconds of making contact with the electrically charged ions surrounding cells. An amino acid in the fibers helps promote the growth of neurites — branches extending from nerves that help the cells communicate. The scaffolds then dissolve as cells grow into place. Preliminary work on repairing spinal-cord damage in mice and rats with neural-progenitor cells has been promising. However, this has not yet produced a treatment for spinal-cord injury in humans. See article.
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