Here, we present our preliminary data showing that neural stem cells (NSCs) can prevent the degeneration of striatal neurons when transplanted into the CNS prior to intoxication with 3-nitropropionic acid (3-NP). In the adult CNS, the number of NSCs, a major source of neural cell populations and plasticity-modulating factors, is relatively low if compared to that of the developing brain. This, together with the adult growth-inhibitory environment, limits its regenerative capacity. Our recent observation has shown that grafted NSCs may rescue/protect neurons in the chronically impaired mesostriatal system. On the basis of this study and because we were also intrigued by our recent observations regarding the rescue/protective role of NSCs in vitro, we decided to test the hypothesis that grafted NSCs can also be deposited preventively in the CNS (and perhaps join the pool of endogenous NSCs of the intact host brain) for later buffering and maintenance of homeostasis when the host is exposed to oxidative stress.
- Huntington's disease
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science