There could be hope for those suffering from the incurable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
At the annual congress of the European Society of Lung Specialists (ERS) in Milan, Chinese scientists have now presented for the first time a study involving the transplantation of patients’ own lung stem cells in which seriously ill people could be helped. “‘Regenerative medicine’ based on stem cells or progenitor cells may be the best, if not the only, hope for a cure for COPD,” Wei Zuo of the Faculty of Medicine at Tongji University (Shanghai) was quoted as saying.
The project is about so-called P63+ cells. “These P63+ progenitor cells are known to be able to regenerate damaged respiratory tissue,” said the Chinese expert.
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