Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Transplants May Help ALS Patients

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 07:14 in Health & Medicine

Researchers transplanted human umbilical cord blood cells into mouse models with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to determine which of three dose strength levels -- low, moderate and high -- delayed symptom progression and increased lifespan. Moderate strength doses of HUCB cells proved most effective and may have provided a neuroprotective effect for motor neurons through active involvement of the cells in modulating the host immune inflammatory system response.

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