New Prospects for Neural Stem Cell Therapies of Nervous System Diseases Toward the Establishment of Atypical Ectopic Perivascular Stem Cell Niches

  • Clara Alfaro-Cervello
  • Chiara Cossetti
  • Elena Giusto
  • Matteo Donegà
  • Stefano PluchinoEmail author
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


Compelling evidence exists that neural stem/precursor cell (NPC) transplants protect the central nervous system (CNS) from inflammation-driven degeneration, such as that occurring in multiple sclerosis (MS) and in the subacute stages after brain stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI). In immune-mediated experimental demyelination and stroke, transplanted NPCs display a constitutive and inducible ability to mediate efficient bystander myelin repair and axonal rescue. This is dependent on multiple ‘chaperone’-like capacities that NPCs exhibit within specific in vivo microenvironments after transplantation. Yet, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms by which NPCs exert their therapeutic impact is lacking. Here will review some of these bystander capacities, while pointing at the formation of the atypical ectopic perivascular niches, as the most challenging example of cross talk between the inflamed microenvironment(s) and transplanted therapeutic NPCs.


Multiple Sclerosis Spinal Cord Injury Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Neural Stem Cell Leukemia Inhibitory Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clara Alfaro-Cervello
    • 1
  • Chiara Cossetti
    • 1
  • Elena Giusto
    • 1
  • Matteo Donegà
    • 1
  • Stefano Pluchino
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Clinical NeurosciencesCambridge Centre for Brain Repair and Stem Cell Initiative, University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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