AIDS - Possible to
Manufacture T-cells From Embryonic Stem Cells - UCLA Scientists Say Gene
Therapy May Be Used To Fight HIV
July 9th 2006
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have
been able “coax” stem cells into becoming T-cells. T-cells are a type
of white blood cell that plays a crucial role in the immune system.
The scientists say that if T-cells could be manufactured this could
provide a powerful weapon against AIDS and other immune disorders and
diseases. At the core of their research are the stem cells which have
the ability to transform themselves into a variety of cells.
First the scientists cultured human embryonic stem cells. These cells
were then incubated on mouse bone marrow support cells, which in turn
converted them into blood forming cells. They then injected the cells a
human thymus gland that had been implanted into a mouse.