Stem cells used to treat muscular dystrophy in mice

Friday, July 11, 2008 - 11:01 in Health & Medicine

Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have for the first time demonstrated that transplanted muscle stem cells can both improve muscle function in mice with a form of muscular dystrophy and replenish the stem cell population for use in the repair of future muscle injuries.“I’m very excited about this,” said lead author Amy J. Wagers, a member of the HSCI Principal Faculty and an assistant professor in Harvard's new Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. “This study indicates the presence of renewing muscle stem cells in adult skeletal muscle and demonstrates the potential benefit of stem cell therapy for the treatment of muscle degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophy.”read more

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