Highly efficient muscle regeneration mechanism discovered

Written by Harriet Wall

In a collaborative study between Kumamoto University and Nagasaki University (both Japan), scientists have discovered a novel regeneration mechanism that takes place in damaged muscle cells – providing a new avenue for muscle regeneration therapy. Their research was recently published in the journal Stem Cell Reports. The team found that components leaking from damaged muscle fibers can activate satellite cells – stem cells that can produce new muscle fibers. These cells play a vital role in muscle growth and repair – however, in diseases such as muscular dystrophy or sarcopenia, the number and function of satellite cells decreases. Satellite cells...

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