Leprosy bug turns adult cells into stem cells

Leprosy bacteria can reprogram cells to revert to a stem-cell-like state, able to mature into different cell types, researchers report today in Cell1.

The scientists stumbled on the discovery while researching the way leprosy spreads around the body. The mechanism of the hijacking is unclear, but reproducing it could lead to new stem-cell-based therapeutic strategies.

Mouse nervous-system cells (green), hijacked and turned by leprosy bacteria into stem cells, attack muscle fibre (red).

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via Leprosy bug turns adult cells into stem cells : Nature News & Comment.

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