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A Role of the Choroid Plexus in Transplantation Therapy

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The choroid plexuses (CPs) play pivotal roles in the most basic aspects of neural function. Some of the roles of the CP include maintaining the extracellular milieu of the brain by actively modulating chemical exchange between the CSF and brain parenchyma, surveying the chemical and immunological status of the brain, detoxifying the brain, secreting a nutritive “cocktail” of polypeptides, and participating in repair processes following trauma. This diversity of functions suggests that even modest changes in the CP can have far reaching effects. Indeed, changes in the anatomy and physiology of the CP have been linked to several CNS diseases. It is also possible that replacing diseased CP or transplanting healthy CP might be useful for treating acute and chronic brain diseases. Here we describe the wide-ranging functions of the CP, alterations of these functions in aging and neurodegeneration, and recent demonstrations of the therapeutic potential of transplanted CP for neural trauma.

Keywords: CSF; Choroid plexus; Growth factor; Transplantation

Document Type: Review Article


Affiliations: 1: LCT BioPharma, Inc., Providence, RI, USA 2: Diatranz NZLtd/Living Cell Technologies, Auckland, New Zealand 3: Department of Neurology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, USA, Institute of Molecular Medicine & Genetics, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, USA, School of Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, USA, Research and Affiliations Service Line, Augusta VAMC, Augusta, GA, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.

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