Science in China Series C: Life Sciences

, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 287–294

Stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11427-008-0049-1

Cite this article as:
Hou, L. & Hong, T. SCI CHINA SER C (2008) 51: 287. doi:10.1007/s11427-008-0049-1

Abstract

Neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by the neurodegenerative changes or apoptosis of neurons involved in networks, which are important to specific physiological functions. With the development of old-aging society, the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases is on the increase. However, it is difficult to diagnose for most of neurodegenerative diseases. At present, there are too few effective therapies. Advances in stem cell biology have raised the hope and possibility for the therapy of neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, stem cells have been widely attempted to treat neurodegenerative diseases of animal model. Here we review the progress and prospects of various stem cells, including embryonic stem cells, mesenchymal stem cell and neural stem cells and so on, for the treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’ disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Keywords

stem cells neurodegenerative diseases therapy 

Copyright information

© Science Press 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Biological Science and TechnologyBeijing Jiaotong UniversityBeijingChina

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