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UCSD Study Reports Vital Brain Cell Connections Restored With Gene Therapy In Aged Monkeys

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February 14, 2001
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University Of California, San Diego School Of Medicine
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In new research that builds upon previous work with atrophied brain cells, UCSD School of Medicine researchers have found that essential brain fibers that shrivel up and disappear in aged monkeys can be restored to normal levels with infusion of tissue that has been genetically altered to produce nerve growth factor (NGF), a naturally occurring substance found in all vertebrate animals.

In new research that builds upon previous work with atrophied brain cells, UCSD School of Medicine researchers have found that essential brain fibers that shrivel up and disappear in aged monkeys can be restored to normal levels with infusion of tissue that has been genetically altered to produce nerve growth factor (NGF), a naturally occurring substance found in all vertebrate animals. Like telephone wires, these fibers, called axons, are vital for transmitting messages to and from neurons within the brain.


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University Of California, San Diego School Of Medicine. (2001, February 14). UCSD Study Reports Vital Brain Cell Connections Restored With Gene Therapy In Aged Monkeys. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010213072519.htm
University Of California, San Diego School Of Medicine. "UCSD Study Reports Vital Brain Cell Connections Restored With Gene Therapy In Aged Monkeys." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010213072519.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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