The partially regenerated cells on examination showed signs of functioning as youth cells that mimic skin lesions. According to experts, the research could lead to new drugs.
According to a new study, researchers have reversed the aging of human skin cells in 30 years.
Scientists claim they have found a way to reprogram human skin cells so that the aging process can be reversed without affecting cell function.
In a controlled setting, U.S. researchers were able to partially restore the function of aged cells.
The partially regenerated cells on examination showed signs of functioning as youth cells that mimic skin lesions.
According to experts, the research could lead to new drugs.
“This work has a very exciting effect,” said Professor Wolf Reich.
“Finally, we may be able to identify regenerated genes without reprogramming and target them specifically to reduce the effects of aging.”
“This method promises valuable discoveries that could open up an amazing therapeutic horizon.”
Co-author Dr. Diljit Gill added: “Our results represent a major step forward in our understanding of cell reprogramming.
“We have demonstrated that cells can regenerate without losing their function, and that regeneration appears to restore some function in older cells.
“We also saw a reversal of the aging indicators in the genes associated with the disease, which is particularly promising for the future of this work.”
By partially phasing out reprogramming through the process, the new technique, based on what scientists use to create stem cells, addresses the challenge of completely erasing cell identities.
As a result, researchers are able to make cells smaller biologically, while maintaining the functionality of their particular cells.
They claim that the potential applications of the technique depend on the cells not only appearing young but also acting like young cells.
The results of the study were published in the journal Elife.
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