Multipotent Adult Stem Cells from Human Hair Follicles
Xiaowei Xu, Hong Yu, and Dong Fang
Hair follicle stem cells are unique among known adult stem cells, sharing many of the characteristics of embryonic stem cells. These cells are broadly multipotent, capable of producing cells from a diverse number of tissues. Since the cells reside in human skin, they can be collected with minimal invasiveness. Hair follicle stem cells have enormous potential for therapeutic use for a wide range of diseases including spinal cord and brain injury, cardiac disease, degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimers, diabetes, and immune disease.
U.S. Patent Application No. 11/911,400 (US-2009-0130065, published 05/21/2009).
Wistar is seeking corporate partners to license these cells for therapeutic applications. Sponsored research for further development of the technology will also be considered.
Yu et al.; 2006. “Isolation of a novel population of multipotent adult stem cells from human hair follicles”. Am J Pathol 168: 1879-1888.