Neural stem cells: Involvement in adult neurogenesis and CNS repair

Hideyuki Okano, Kazunobu Sawamoto

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Recent advances in stem cell research, including the selective expansion of neural stem cells (NSCs) in vitro, the induction of particular neural cells from embryonic stem cells in vitro, the identification of NSCs or NSC-like cells in the adult brain and the detection of neurogenesis in the adult brain (adult neurogenesis), have laid the groundwork for the development of novel therapies aimed at inducing regeneration in the damaged central nervous system (CNS). There are two major strategies for inducing regeneration in the damaged CNS: (i) activation of the endogenous regenerative capacity and (ii) cell transplantation therapy. In this review, we summarize the recent findings from our group and others on NSCs, with respect to their role in insult-induced neurogenesis (activation of adult NSCs, proliferation of transit-amplifying cells, migration of neuroblasts and survival and maturation of the newborn neurons), and implications for therapeutic interventions, together with tactics for using cell transplantation therapy to treat the damaged CNS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2111-2122
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1500
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun 27


  • Adult neurogenesis
  • Musashi-1
  • Neural stem cell
  • Niche
  • Reactive astrocytes
  • Rostral migratory stream

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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