Using Stem Cells to Stimulate Brain Repair After TBI
What kind of progress is being made in medical repair of traumatic brain injury? An article in May 2014 online issue of Frontiers in Systems of Neuorscience (doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2014.00116) by Naoki Tajiri et al. discusses the use of modified stem cells to create a “biobridge” between the site of cortical brain injury and the subventricular zone of the brain which is rich in stem cells. The use of immunohistochemistry and laser capture showed that these biobridges work, and can serve as an alternative to tissue grafts and infusion of trophic factors.