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Brain. 2001 Nov;124(Pt 11):2147-61.

Towards the reconstruction of central nervous system white matter using neural precursor cells.

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Department of Neurology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester 01655, USA.


Epidermal growth factor-responsive neural precursor cells were used as donor cells for transplantation into wild-type and myelin-deficient shiverer (shi) mice. The cells engrafted robustly within the CNS following intracerebroventricular and cisternal transplantation in neonatal mice. The cells adopted glial phenotypes, and some functioned as oligodendrocytes, producing myelin basic protein and morphologically normal internodal myelin sheaths. When individual shi mice received two transplants (on post-natal days 1 and 3), donor-derived cells disseminated widely and expressed myelin basic protein in central white matter tracts throughout the brain.

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