Scientists at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are creating white blood cells that teach brain cells to heal the damage caused by degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)
Research: “GDNF-Transfected Macrophages Produce Potent Neuroprotective Effects in Parkinson’s Disease Mouse Model” by Yuling Zhao, Matthew J. Haney, Richa Gupta, John P. Bohnsack, Zhijian He, Alexander V. Kabanov, and Elena V. Batrakova in PLOS ONE doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106867
Image: These are white blood cells reengineered by scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill deliver exosomes (red) loaded proteins that stimulate the growth of damaged nerve fibers (green and yellow). Researchers at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy this technique can be developing into a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Credit: Elena Batrakova/UNC Eshelman School Of Pharmacy.