A recent study conducted on mice has shown that neural stem cell stimulation procedure could be used as a non invasive stroke treatment.
As per the study, the procedure, which utilizes the stem cells in order to prevent or treat a condition or disease, could significantly help improve the quality of life of humans in the future.
For the study, Shang Ping Yu, Ling Wei and their colleagues injected stem cells in the brains of the mice after they had a stroke. Next, they activated the stem cells by administrating a protein through the nasal of the mice using a non invasive method known as optochemogenetics.
The findings of the study showed that the stem cells formed more of connections with the neurons than compared to the cells which didn’t receive the stimulation. In addition to this, the mice which received stem cells as well as stimulation both displayed most amount of recovery, with a few behaviours getting back to the pre-stroke level.
Injecting stem cell and stimulating them later boosted the chances of stroke recovery among mice.
According to the researchers, rather than just injecting the stem cells into the brain’s damaged area, pursuing stimulation could help the stem cells create as well as form connections along with the surrounding neurons.