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J Biomed Biotechnol. 2012;2012:601560. doi: 10.1155/2012/601560. Epub 2012 Jan 26.

Adult bone marrow: which stem cells for cellular therapy protocols in neurodegenerative disorders?

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  • 1GIGA-Neurosciences, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium. s.wislet@ulg.ac.be


The generation of neuronal cells from stem cells obtained from adult bone marrow is of significant clinical interest in order to design new cell therapy protocols for several neurological disorders. The recent identification in adult bone marrow of stem cells derived from the neural crests (NCSCs) might explain the neuronal phenotypic plasticity shown by bone marrow cells. However, little information is available about the nature of these cells compared to mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In this paper, we will review all information available concerning NCSC from adult tissues and their possible use in regenerative medicine. Moreover, as multiple recent studies showed the beneficial effect of bone marrow stromal cells in neurodegenerative diseases, we will discuss which stem cells isolated from adult bone marrow should be more suitable for cell replacement therapy.

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