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Stem Cell Transplantation and Physical Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease, a Literature Review of Human and Animal Studies

Ramiro Barcos Nunes, Alcyr Alves de Oliveira, Jenny Paola Berrío Sánchez, Jaison Daniel Cucarián Hurtado


The absence of effective and satisfactory treatments that contribute to repairing the dopaminergic damage caused by Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and the limited recovery capacity of the nervous system are troubling issues and the focus of many research and clinical domains. Recent advances in the treatment of PD through stem cell (SC) therapy have recognized their promising restorative and neuroprotective effects that are implicated in the potentiation of endogenous mechanisms of repair and contribute to functional locomotor improvement. Physical exercise (PE) has been considered an adjuvant intervention that by itself induces beneficial effects in patients and animal models with Parkinsonism. In this sense, the combination of both therapies could provide synergic or superior effects for motor recovery, in contrast with their individual use. This review aims to provide an update on recent progress and the potential effectiveness of SC transplantation and PE for the treatment of locomotor deficits in PD. It has reviewed the neuropathological pathways involved in the classical motor symptoms of this condition and the mechanisms of action described in experimental studies that are associated with locomotor enhancement through exercise, cellular transplantation, and their union in some neurodegenerative conditions.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12015-017-9798-1

DOI: 10.1007/s12015-017-9798-1

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