Could Neuronal Transplantation Restore Brain Functionality?

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Recent experiments conducted on laboratory mice provide a glimmer of hope for the potential positive impact of neuronal transplantation. In the experiment, embryonic neurons with GABA were transplanted into the visual cortex of vision-impaired mice. Amazingly, the mice were able to begin to see a few weeks after transplantation.

Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter, is significant to the control of vision, several motor, as well as cortical functions. The mice were tested for visual capabilities several weeks after transplantation. Surprisingly, not only did they display normal visual clarity, but they also demonstrated younger and more flexible brains. It appears that not only did the implanted neurons integrate into the GABA-deficient region of the mice’s brains, the neurons migrated to the appropriate cortical regions of the tissue associated with visual acuity, metamorphosed, and took over the characteristics and functionalities of the lost or damaged cells that were associated with vision.

Read more about this fascinating experiment and phenomena in the full article: http://brainblogger.com/2015/06/28/neuronal-transplantation-may-restore-brain-functionality/

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