Noncoding RNA molecule may have broad range of clinical applications
In this cluster of neurons, the green cells have been infected with a virus to reduce levels of the RNA molecule called Pnky, resulting in increased production of neurons. Someday this finding could be important for possible applications in regenerative medicine, including treatments of such disorders as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and traumatic brain injury, and in cancer treatment.
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The discovery of Pnky was made in the lab of neurosurgeon Daniel A. Lim at the University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF), and included, among others, Rebecca Anderson, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient (grant GRFP 11-44247).
To learn more, see the UCSF news story UCSF team finds key to making neurons from stem cells. (Date of Image: September 2013)
Credit: Rebecca Andersen, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Program, University of California, San Francisco
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