Cells in Human Urine Can Be Reprogrammed to Form Brain Cells

Cells in Human Urine Can Be Reprogrammed to Form Brain Cells

A recent research has proved that human urine contains some cells that can be effectively reprogrammed to form many types of brain cells.

Before this technique, the stem cells were used for treating certain disease but these were usually taken from blood samples. The extracted cells can be reverted back and made to transform into the desired cells.

The new technique has proved that human urine contains some skin like cells which come from the walls of kidney. These cells are potentially capable of getting transformed in to desired brain cells with the help of pluripotent state.

They can be developed in to neurons, glia, liver cells and heart muscle cells. These can be beneficial in adversities with brain like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. In addition, they can successfully test the new drugs that the being developed to treat these diseases.

The study derived its results after examining the cells researchers extracted from donors of ages 10, 25 and 37, which they converted into neural progenitors. They developed neurons from it and tested them on new born rats. The technique was found successful.

The ground breaking technique discovered by the Duanqing Pei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his team, and was published in the journal Nature Methods.


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