Scientists grow neurons for Parkinson’s research
(CS) Scientists at the University of Luxembourg's Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) have grown 3D neurons from neuronal stem cells – an achievement thought to facilitate research into drugs against the disease.
The progressive loss of neurons in the brain as a result of Parkinson’s disease is irreversible, with no drugs currently available to halt the process.
However, researchers at the LCSB may have contributed to more effective research into Parkinson’s drugs by creating 3D models of the neurons affected by the disease.
It is thought that these models with facilitate the search for therapeutic agents, as the models more realistically represent the natural conditions in the brain, as well as being cheaper than other systems available by allowing for smaller doses of chemical substances to be used for testing.
The method used for growing the neurons from ordinary skill cells also allows for cells from individual Parkinson’s patients to be used. “This is an important step towards personalised drug development,” said Dr Ronan Fleming of the LCSB research group.