A new study published in the journal Cell Reports suggests that regenerative procedures may help to restore brain function in rats following a stroke. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University used a combination of stem cells and a protein called growth differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) to stimulate the growth of new neurons in the rats’ brains.
The study found that the regenerative treatment significantly increased the number of new neurons in the rats’ brains, particularly in the area affected by the stroke. In addition, the rats that received the treatment showed improved motor function compared to those that did not receive the treatment.
The researchers believe that the regeneration after stroke may work by activating certain genes that help to promote the growth and survival of new neurons. In particular, they found that the GDF10 protein appeared to stimulate the expression of a gene called Sox2, which is known to play a key role in the development of the nervous system.
While the study was conducted in rats, the findings could have important implications for the development of regenerative treatments for stroke in humans. According to the World Health Organization, stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and many stroke survivors are left with significant disabilities.
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