BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics (OTCQB: BCLI), a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that it has initiated a study in a mouse model of autism at the Felsenstein Medical Research Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, under the direction of Professor Daniel Offen. The study will explore the effects of the company's "MSC-NTF" cells on mouse behavior.
The study, which will be conducted using the BTBR mouse model for autism, will investigate repetitive behavior, increased cognitive flexibility and improved sociability in mice after administration of a single intracerebroventricular injection of the cells.
Autism is a spectrum of disorders characterized by marked abnormalities in communication and social interactions. Stem cell-based regenerative therapy has been proposed for the treatment of autism, as studies have shown that cell transplantation may affect molecular processes associated with autism pathophysiology. In addition, immune dysfunction has been confirmed with autistic children, and mesenchymal stem cells are known to regulate the immune system. Stem cell research in autism is being conducted at several regenerative medicine research centers including the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
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BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. is a biotechnology company engaged in the development of first-of-its-kind adult stem cell therapies derived from autologous bone marrow cells for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The Company holds the rights to develop and commercialize its NurOwn technology through an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement with Ramot, the technology transfer company of Tel Aviv University. For more information, visit the company's website at www.brainstorm-cell.com.
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