A major breakthrough in the development of stem cell-derived brain cells means researchers are on the path towards the first ever stem cell transplantations in people with Parkinson’s disease.
The next generation of transplantable dopamine neurons produced from stem cells has been presented in a new study published by Lund University.
It said that the cells carry the same properties as the dopamine neurons found in the human brain.
This study shows that we can now produce fully functioning dopamine neurons from stem cells. These cells have the same ability as the brain’s normal dopamine cells to not only reach but also to connect to their target area over longer distances.
The potentially unlimited supply of transplantable cells, sourced from stem cell lines, opens the door to clinical application on a much broader scale. The results are published in the leading journal in the field, Cell Stem Cell.