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The Effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Neural Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation

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The Effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Neural Stem Cell Proliferation and Differentiation

Wei Qin et al. Aging Dis.

Abstract

Neural stem cells (NSCs) are special types of cells with the potential for self-renewal and multi-directional differentiation. NSCs are regulated by multiple pathways and pathway related transcription factors during the process of proliferation and differentiation. Numerous studies have shown that the compound medicinal preparations, single herbs, and herb extracts in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have specific roles in regulating the proliferation and differentiation of NSCs. In this study, we investigate the markers of NSCs in various stages of differentiation, the related pathways regulating the proliferation and differentiation, and the corresponding transcription factors in the pathways. We also review the influence of TCM on NSC proliferation and differentiation, to facilitate the development of TCM in neural regeneration and neurodegenerative diseases.

Keywords: Neural stem cells; differentiation; proliferation; traditional Chinese medicine.

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Structures of Chinese herbal monomers

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