Iranian researchers offer new hope for treating Alzheirmer’s
Iranian researchers form Amirkabir University using a type of polymer and carbon nanotubes have offered a nontoxic method for differentiating bone marrow cells into nerve cells for treating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Maryam Mehdizadeh, the project manager, told Mehr News that in the study carbon nanotubes were coated with poly-epsilon-caprolactone (PCL), a type of biodegradable polymers, and grown vertically and organized on silicon layers through the process of plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD).
She noted that the aim of the project was to produce neurons, adding “in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, neurons are destroyed so we were looking for ways to reproduce and replace these cells from the person’s own body.”
Mehdizadeh added that bone marrow cells were used in the study, saying “bone marrow cells are easly available and cost-efficient. They can also be differentiated into other cells. By using methods and chemical factors under 48 hours we were able to differentiate the bone marrow cells into neurons.”
According to Mehdizadeh, the method, once developed, can be used to replace damaged neurons in patients suffering from neurological diseases and further in treating the Alzheimer’s disease.