UB School of Medicine

Stem Cell research with- Fraser J. Sim PhD
Researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Rochester have developed a method that could treat MS and other demyelinating disorders such as Krabbe’s disease. The team of researchers analysed brain stem cells and found the ones that produce myelin. Then, they injected those into the brain of shiverer mice. The injected stem cells carried on their surface a protein known as CD 140a. After 12 weeks, the cells became oligodendrocytes, the only cell of the brain and spinal cord that makes myelin (40 per cent of the brain’s neurons were covered with myelin A).