Stem cell therapy is emerging as a potential approach for the treatment of ALS. There are many types of stem cells researchers use in their attempts to find an effective treatment for ALS. Induced pluripotent stem cells are among the most promising tools in these investigations.
Alternatively, mesenchymal stem cells can be taken from the patient’s own bone marrow or fat tissue and then modified to boost their production of neurotrophic factors. Neurotrophic factors are molecules known to help support and protect neurons that are destroyed by the disease. Immature stem cells also can be transformed into motor neurons, the cells affected in ALS patients.
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