A new method to deliver Neural Precursor Cells (NSCs) that injects cells into the spinal subpial space has been developed by researchers. Spinal subpial space is the space between the pial membrane and the superficial layers of the spinal cord.
NSCs can be used for treating a variety of neurodegenerative diseases and injuries to the spinal cord. In the current method spinal cells are delivered through needle injection. This has a risk of spinal tissue injury or intraparechymal bleeding. The new technique is less invasive, safe, effective, and reduces the likelihood of further spinal trauma while delivering larger doses of reparative stem cells. This has been tested in rats with spinal cord injuries.
The findings are published in the Jan. 29, 2020 print issue of the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine.