Pantelis Tsoulfas

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Proliferating populations of undifferentiated neural stem cells were isolated from the embryonic day 14 rat cerebral cortex or the adult rat subventricular zone. These cells were pluripotent through multiple passages, retaining the ability to differentiate in vitro into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes. Two weeks to 2 months after engraftment of(More)
Demyelination contributes to the physiological and behavioral deficits after contusive spinal cord injury (SCI). Therefore, remyelination may be an important strategy to facilitate repair after SCI. We show here that rat embryonic day 14 spinal cord-derived glial-restricted precursor cells (GRPs), which differentiate into both oligodendrocytes and(More)
PURPOSE A proliferation of stem/progenitor cells is observed after brain injury. We examined the regional and temporal profile of mitotically active cells to determine whether traumatic brain injury (TBI) would increase neurogenesis in selective brain regions. METHODS Male Sprague-Dawley rats received injections (IP) of 5-bromo-deoxyuridine (BrdU), a(More)
Stem cell technology promises new and rapid advances in cell therapy and drug discovery. Clearly, the value of this approach will be limited by the differentiated functions displayed by the progeny of stem cells. The foetal and adult central nervous system (CNS) harbour stem cells that can be expanded in vitro and differentiate into immature neurons and(More)
Injury to the CNS leads to formation of scar tissue, which is important in sealing the lesion and inhibiting axon regeneration. The fibrotic scar that comprises a dense extracellular matrix is thought to originate from meningeal cells surrounding the CNS. However, using transgenic mice, we demonstrate that perivascular collagen1α1 cells are the main source(More)
Potential applications of neural stem cells (NSCs) for transplantation requires understanding myosin heavy chain (MHC) expression and the ability of T cells and natural killer (NK) cells to recognize this progenitor population. Cells from the cortices of day-13 embryonic (E13) B6 (H-2(b)) mice were explanted and cultured to expand NSCs. Analysis of(More)
Neutrotrophin-3 (NT3) plays a protective role in injured central nervous system tissues through interaction with trk receptors. To enhance the regeneration of damaged tissue, a combination therapy with cell transplantation and neurotrophins has been under development. We examined whether the transplantation of neural progenitor cells (NPCs) secreting(More)
Rat embryonic d 14 (E14) mesencephalic cells, 2.5% of which are glioblasts, were incubated in medium containing 10% of fetal bovine serum for 12 h and subsequently expanded in a serum-free medium using basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) as the mitogen. On a single occasion, after more than 15 d in culture, several islets of proliferating, glial-like(More)
Neurotrophins and the transplantation of bone marrow-derived stromal cells (MSCs) are both candidate therapies targeting spinal cord injury (SCI). While some studies have suggested the ability of MSCs to transdifferentiate into neural cells, other SCI studies have proposed anti-inflammatory and other mechanisms underlying established beneficial effects. We(More)
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are a large class of secreted factors, which serve as modulators of development in multiple organ systems, including the CNS. Studies investigating the potential of stem cell transplantation for restoration of function and cellular replacement following traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) have demonstrated that the injured(More)