Induced Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, inspired by the work of Shinya Yamanaka, have succeeded in transforming skin cells directly into oligodendrocyte precursor cells (direct lineage reprogramming!), the cells that wrap nerve cells in the insulating myelin sheaths that help nerve signals propagate. This could lead, in principle, to cell therapies for diseases like inherited leukodystrophies and multiple sclerosis, as well as spinal cord injuries and disease modeling.

You can read the full article in Nature Biotechnology here or the Science Daily article here.

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