Stem Cell Transplant Offers Hope for Autism, Parkinson's
Medical breakthroughs of 2011
- Duration 2:51
- Date Dec 26, 2011
Medical breakthroughs of 2011
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-- well now this is really important compelling research this year involving a brain transplant.
Of stem cells and they say could offer hope for the treatment of both autism and Parkinson's disease -- -- I haven't seen these two connected in any way to restart.
I'm very excited about this study because stem cells we've talked a lot but -- slowly coming in even though it's in in my study but we're hoping that this will come into human.
How does this war did look at the mice that had was missing or was at home they -- him.
We're -- -- leptin a hormone that wasn't functioning well did they went ahead they got stem cells from a normal mice.
Andy -- to the book transplanted in the new why -- what happened is.
Now to send home with start to wore them might start to lose weight something happened in the -- of the -- as a result of this stem cell transplant.
Or parkinson's something is going on -- to bring.
There we are not really sure maybe there's some high school profusion maybe not enough blood is getting to the -- Not enough oxygen or something with the immune system more information.
So this -- open as a whole new door because -- stem cell transplant.
You're going to create new vessels bring new blood flow to that specific part of the -- -- help men and women with autism parkinson's.
Parkinson's is as you know Michael J.
Fox has been a huge advocate of this tremor of DeVore an operation it is so I think this is really excited -- -- -- Let me ask you doctor -- whereas this research being done this is.
Also being done in England now this research actually -- his what's really key about this you've got to get the stem cell at the exact right stage.
Because previous studies have not worked -- They literally have to make sure it's an eight stem cell and it's not an embryonic stem cell we're talking about a stem cell from the brain itself.
Growing tissue in the brain from the -- -- -- the brain they took things themselves.
From one group of mice and they injected into those that didn't have weapon as David said -- is a protein.
A hormone that suppresses hunger so if they replaced it the mice suppress their hunger and they lost weight.
We're gonna be able to probably hopefully using the same kind of stem cells against those that have been fully developed into brain tissue yet.
We're going to be able use them in other diseases neuro degenerative spinal cord injury brain trauma all kinds of injury where we once thought.
The nerves can't -- grow but read previous recent studies have shown that nerves can only grow let's help.
The regretted it tells you didn't cause disease where you have a lot of information in this particular stem -- can help the other exciting part of this was that when they put themselves there.
After the transfer and these cells were able to communicate they were able to send signals.
And receive signals so this is a very a very exciting these cells are functional.
And it's going to be helpful in science and medicine that there is -- fascinating.