Generation of motor neurons from human amygdala-derived neural stem-like cells

Document Type : Original Article


1 Shefa Neuroscience Research Center, Khatam Alanbia Hospital, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Neuroscience, School of Advanced Medical Sciences and Technologies, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Department of Neurosurgery, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany

4 Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

5 Department of Neurology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany

6 Epilepsy Research Center, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany


Objective(s): Among several cell sources, adult human neural stem/progenitor cells (hNS/PCs) have been considered outstanding cells for performing mechanistic studies in in vitro and in vivo models of neurological disorders as well as for potential utility in cell-based therapeutic approaches. Previous studies addressed the isolation and culture of hNS/PCs from human neocortical and hippocampal tissues. However, little data are available on hNS/PCs obtained from the adult human amygdala.
Materials and Methods: The present study explored the capacity of the amygdala harvested from resected brain tissues of patients with medically refractory epilepsy to generate neurosphere-like bodies and motor neuron-like cells.
Results: Although the proliferation process was slow, a considerable amount of cells was obtained after the 3rd passage. In addition, the cells could generate motor neuron-like cells under appropriate culture conditions.
Conclusion: Isolation and culture of these cells enable us to improve our knowledge of the role of the amygdala in some neurological and psychological disorders and provide a novel source for therapeutic cell transplantation.


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