Silk Biomaterial Could Regenerate the Brain After a Stroke, Injury

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(Labiotech) – A group of researchers in Spain has developed a silk biomaterial that can increase the survival of transplanted stem cells into the brain, improving recovery after a stroke or brain injury.

The nervous system has limited capacity to recover after an injury, such as those produced by a stroke or brain trauma. Stem cell transplants are a promising therapy to promote regeneration of the brain by reducing the extent of the damage and promoting the remodeling of the brain. However, most of the cells don’t survive the procedure due to the inflammatory environment created in the brain after an injury.

A study has shown that encapsulating stem cells into a biomaterial containing silk proteins could protect the cells and make them last significantly longer when treating stroke in mice. CONTINUE