The National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research at Griffith University in Queensland discovers that human beings’ nose stem cells are similar to their brain stem cells. The earth-shaking research study has been conducted with participants who suffer from Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia.
Alan Mackay-Sim, Professor at Griffith University's School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, proudly underlines that researchers primarily achieved to discover cells that could "tell us something about what is different in the nervous systems of these people, and particularly for diseases where there are unknown genetic causes. There are very strong disease-specific differences in the biology of these cells and they must be reflecting what it happening in the brain".
Such changes could never be traced in a human’s skin or blood stem cells. The discovery of nose stem cells might accelerate brain disease research, including the development of treatment methods. Experts call the crucial findings another "window into brain development".
In case of Parkinson’s diseased test subjects, the human cells were transferred into an animal subject and achieved to be cured there. Stem cell therapy aims to engage in exactly such processes. The full study is published in the journal of Disease Models and Mechanisms.