A synergistic approach for neural repair: Cell transplantation and induction of endogenous precursor cell activity

Lalitha Madhavan, Timothy J. Collier

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Stem cell research offers enormous potential for treating many diseases of the nervous system. At present, therapeutic strategies in stem cell research segregate into two approaches: cell transplantation or endogenous cell stimulation. Realistically, future cell therapies will most likely involve a combination of these two approaches, a theme of our current research. Here, we propose that there exists a 'synergy' between exogenous (transplanted) and endogenous stem cell actions that can be utilized to achieve therapeutic ends. Elucidating mechanisms underlying this exogenous-endogenous stem cell synergism may lead to the development of optimal cell therapies for neural disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-844
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 1 2010



  • Growth factors
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Neurogenesis
  • Neuroprotection
  • Stem cells
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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