It has been announced that the stem cell therapy developed by Chinese scientists against Parkinson’s disease gave effective results in the experiment on monkeys. It was announced that the treated animals began to recover within 2-3 weeks and the effect of the stem cell therapy was permanent. It was stated that the trials of the treatment on humans will begin shortly.
According to the news of the South China Morning Post newspaper, scientists from China’s Kunming University of Science and Technology managed to relieve Parkinson’s symptoms by transplanting stem cells into the monkey brain.
They Started to Improve in 2-3 Weeks
Researchers reported that stem cell transplantation enables animals whose brain functions are impaired due to Parkinson’s effect so that they cannot even move, and that they can stand up and feed on their own within 2-3 weeks.
EFFECTS OF THE TREATMENT PERMANENT
It was observed that the treatment effects were permanent in animals followed for 5 years.
The researchers transferred three genes that would enable them to synthesize dopamine into mesenchymal stem cells obtained from human umbilical cord for treatment.
After the treatment was tried and successful on mice, the experiment with monkeys was started in 2017.
If genetically engineered stem cells are successful in humans, it could be an inexpensive and effective treatment for Parkinson’s.
Scientists will work on the details of the safety and application of the treatment in the future. Subsequently, large-scale clinical trials on humans are planned.
The results of the study were published in the international specialist medical journal “Parkinson’s Disease”.
Parkinson’s disease, which is seen in at least 1 percent of people over the age of 60 worldwide, is the most common degenerative brain disease of the age.
The disease, the cause of which is not yet known, is thought to be triggered by the decrease in nerve cells in the brain that secrete the enzyme dopamine, which regulates the movements of the body.