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Survival, neuronal differentiation, and fiber outgrowth of propagated human neural precursor grafts in an animal model of Huntington's disease

Armstrong, R. J., Watts, C., Svendsen, C. N., Dunnett, S. B. and Rosser, Anne Elizabeth 2000. Survival, neuronal differentiation, and fiber outgrowth of propagated human neural precursor grafts in an animal model of Huntington's disease. Cell Transplantation 9 (1) , pp. 55-64.

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Abstract

Expanded neural precursor cells provide an attractive alternative to primary fetal tissue for cell replacement therapies in neurodegenerative diseases. In this study we transplanted epigenetically propagated human neural precursor cells into a rat model of Huntington's disease. Neural precursors survived transplantation and large numbers differentiated to express neuronal antigens, including some that expressed DARPP-32, indicating a mature striatal phenotype had been adopted. Neuronal fibers from the grafts projected diffusely throughout the host brain, although there was no evidence that outgrowth was specifically target directed. This study supports the contention that propagated human neural precursors may ultimately be of use in therapeutic neural transplantation paradigms for diseases such as Huntington's disease.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Elmsford, NY : Cognizant Communication
ISSN: 0963-6897
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:37
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/81196

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