Researchers have shown they can reverse the aging process for human adult stem cells, which are responsible for helping old or damaged tissues regenerate.
The findings could lead to medical treatments that may repair a host of ailments that occur because of tissue damage as people age.
A research group led by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology conducted the study, that pinpoints what is going wrong with the biological clock underlying the limited division of human adult stem cells as they age.
“We demonstrated that we were able to reverse the process of aging for human adult stem cells by intervening with the activity of non-protein coding RNAs originated from genomic regions once dismissed as non-functional ‘genomic junk’,” said Victoria Lunyak, associate professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
The study has been published in the journal Cell Cycle.