Biodonostia researchers discover origin of stem cells that regenerate skin

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


Biodonostia researchers have discovered that the key cells for regeneration and healing of human skin really come from the sheath covering the peripheral nerve, which due to different circumstances (such as a wound, for example) change their role to become stem cells and promote regeneration of the different tissues affected.

Regeneration of human body organs takes place continuously throughout life, some less frequently (such as the brain, for instance) and others more quickly (like the liver). Renewal capability also varies depending on the person and also on the general condition of the organism (the older the person, the lower regeneration capability).

Through extensive research, dozens of stem cells resident in tissues have been described, but it is possible that at least some of them have a common origin.

This research has discovered that the key cells for regeneration and healing of human skin really come from the peripheral nerve sheath.

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