Neural stem cells have the capability of regenerating damaged neurons and other cells in the brain however, it is very difficult to spur them into action. But a team of researchers from the University of Plymouth have found a possible avenue to activate these brain stem cells.
The new study, conducted using Drosophila fruit flies, shows that molecules that form a complex called STRIPAK are essential to promote reactivation in NSCs. STRIPAK (Striatin-interacting phosphatase and kinase) is found in organisms from fungi to humans, and the team uncovered it when comparing the genetic messages of dormant and reactivated NSCs in live fly brains.
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