Bacteria Can Morph Host Cells Into Stem Cells – Stem Cell Cafe

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Featured Article Academic Journal Main Category: Stem Cell Research Also Included In: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses;Biology / Biochemistry Article Date: 18 Jan 2013 14:00 PST

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Researchers at the University of Edinburgh made this remarkable discovery while studying mice infected with bacteria that cause leprosy, an infectious disease that attacks the nerve system.

They propose the finding will help stem cell researchers use similar mechanisms to develop new stem cell treatments for degenerative conditions.

They write about their findings in the 17 January issue of the journal Cell.

Senior researcher Anura Rambukana, Chair of Regeneration Biology at Edinburgh, says in a press statement:

Bacterial infections can completely change a cells make up, which could have a wide-range of implications, including in stem cell research.

But once the infection is established, the bacterium then sets about reprogramming the Schwann cells to become like stem cells.

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