Professor Linda Greensmith and her team of researchers from University College London and King’s College London have utilized stem cells to return muscle function to patients paralyzed by nerve damage or spinal cord injury. In a paralyzed animal model, the scientists observed transplanted stem cells growing along the injured neurons to restore motor capability to disabled muscle. Blue light pulses were then used to control the newly restored muscle movement.
Currently, existing techniques to restore muscle function involve electrically stimulating nerves, which can be quite painful and ineffective against conditions in which motor neurons are lost. Although the use of blue light to stimulate the muscle is a limitation for this new technique, the ability to regenerate motor neurons will advance stem cell treatments for paralysis.
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