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Improving stem cell therapy for muscle disease

April 14, 2014

Dr. Michael Rudnicki's group has published a paper in The Journal of Cell Biology that describes a novel approach to dramatically enhance the efficiency of stem cell therapy for skeletal muscle diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They have shown that a short treatment of muscle stem cells with a protein called Wnt7a is sufficient to significantly enhance their transplantation in dystrophic muscle, improving both muscle regeneration and function. This discovery provides a unique biotherapeutic approach to improve the outcome of cell therapy for muscle-wasting conditions and diseases.

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