Animal Rights

Rat Model of Multiple Sclerosis Shows Promising Results

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Using a rat model of Multiple Sclerosis, researchers at Cambridge and Edinburgh University have shown that it may be possible to induce human stem cells to repair damage to the myelin sheath found in this and other myelodegenerative disorders:


“We have shown here that rexinoids can also stimulate oligodendrocyte differentiation and remyelination in the injured CNS, thereby illustrating an additional role of rexinoids as potential drugs for regenerative therapy in demyelinating disorders.”  JK Huang et al., 2010



Clinical trials are planned to test the effectiveness of this form of therapy.