UC Davis published a press release picked up by EurekAlert! highlighting the research pursuit to find a cure for spina bifida, a condition affecting the spine and usually apparent at birth. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). About 1,645 babies are born with spina bifida every year. Hispanic women have the highest rate of having a child affected by the condition according to the CDC. The UC Davis team have identified specific elements in stem cell secretions as key to protecting neurons and ultimately reducing the lower-limb paralysis associated with the birth defect. The elements including 1) exosomes (vesicles that transfer molecules from cell to cell and 2) a small carbohydrate-binding protein known as galectic 1. Follow the link for the entire story.
Aijung Wang, co-director of the UC Davis Health Surgical Bioengineering LaboratorySource: www.eurekalert.org