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Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a potential therapeutic agent for Alzheimer's disease (AD) as it has positive effects on the basal forebrain cholinergic neurons whose degeneration correlates with the cognitive decline in AD. We have previously described an encapsulated cell biodelivery device, NsG0202, capable of local delivery of NGF by a genetically modified(More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF) prevents cholinergic degeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and improves memory in AD animal models. In humans, the safe delivery of therapeutic doses of NGF is challenging. For clinical use, we have therefore developed an encapsulated cell (EC) biodelivery device, capable of local delivery of NGF. The clinical device, named(More)
Protein injection studies of the glial cell line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family member Neurturin (NTN) have demonstrated neuroprotective effects on dopaminergic (DA) neurons, which are selectively lost during Parkinson's disease (PD). However, unlike GDNF, NTN has not previously been applied in PD models using an in vivo gene therapy approach.(More)
Affymetrix GeneChip technology and quantitative real-time PCR (Q-PCR) were used to examine changes in gene expression in the adult murine substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) following lentiviral glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) delivery in adult striatum. We identified several genes that were upregulated after GDNF treatment. Among these,(More)
Meteorin is a newly discovered secreted protein involved in both glial and neuronal cell differentiation, as well as in cerebral angiogenesis during development; but effects in the adult nervous system are unknown. The growth factor-like properties and expression of Meteorin during the development of the nervous system raises the possibility that it might(More)
Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) has therapeutic effects on the cholinergic neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We have previously described an implantable Encapsulated Cell BiodeliveryTM device, NsG0202, capable of local delivery of NGF to the human cholinergic basal forebrain. Results from a small Phase 1b clinical study showed that the NGF dose could(More)
To date, a variety of pharmacological treatments exists for patients suffering epilepsy, but systemically administered drugs offer only symptomatic relief and often cause unwanted side effects. Moreover, available drugs are not effective in one third of the patients. Thus, more local and more effective treatment strategies need to be developed. Gene(More)
Growth factors control cellular growth, proliferation, and differentiation and may have therapeutic applications. In this study, we focus on Meteorin which is a member of a largely uncharacterized evolutionary conserved two-member growth factor family. Our analysis shows that Meteorin is expressed in the central nervous system both during development and in(More)
Neurotrophic factors are secreted proteins responsible for migration, growth and survival of neurons during development, and for maintenance and plasticity of adult neurons. Here we present a novel secreted protein named Cometin which together with Meteorin defines a new evolutionary conserved protein family. During early mouse development, Cometin is found(More)
PURPOSE Encapsulated cell biodelivery (ECB) is a relatively safe approach, since the devices can be removed in the event of adverse effects. The main objectives of the present study were to evaluate whether ECB could be a viable alternative of cell therapy for epilepsy. We therefore developed a human cell line producing galanin, a neuropeptide that has been(More)