Neonatal desensitization allows long-term survival of neural xenotransplants without immunosuppression
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Preclinical development of human cells for potential therapeutic application in neurodegenerative diseases requires that their long-term survival, stability and functional efficacy be studied in animal models of human disease. Here we describe a strategy for long-term immune protection of human fetal and stem cell–derived neural cells transplanted into the adult rat brain, by desensitizing the host rat to similar cells in the neonatal period, without the need for additional immunosuppression.
Kelly, C.M., Precious, S.V., Scherf, C., Penketh, R., Amso, N.N., Battersby, A., Allen, N.D., Dunnett, S.B. and Rosser, A.E. (2009) 'Neonatal desensitization allows long-term survival of neural xenotransplants without immunosuppression', Nature methods, 6(4), pp.271-273