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..Collectively our results suggest that HAP stem cells could be a better source compared to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) or embryonic stem (ES) cells for regenerative medicine, specifically for spinal cord repair. ..
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..These multipotent hair follicle stem cells thereby provide a potential accessible, autologous source of stem cells for regeneration therapy of nerves degenerated by compression between bony or other hard surfaces. ..
Yashiro M, Mii S, Aki R, Hamada Y, Arakawa N, Kawahara K, et al
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..The differentiation potential to cardiac muscle is greatest in the upper part of the follicle. Hair spheres comprised of HAP stem cells formed from the upper part of vibrissa hair follicle can differentiate to cardiac muscle cells. ..