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Romanian researchers find type of cells which may cure infarction

Romanian researchers discovered a type of cells which, together with stem cells, may encourage the regeneration of the heart muscle, after an infarction, Mediafax reports. Specialists at the Victor Babes Institute found serendipitously, while studying cells in the intestine, tiny cells which contribute to organ regeneration.


According to Laurentiu Popescu, the head of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the “telocite” cells were discovered by Romanian scientists, and their existence was confirmed by independent teams in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom and China. Alongside stem cells, telocites may contribute to the regeneration of vital organs, such as the heart and brain. “If we manage to isolate them, to multiply them together with the stem cells, we may use them efficiently in treating myocardial infarct,” Popescu added.


Telocites are small bodied cells, but with extremely long extensions (akin to the neuronal extensions), present in most body organs. They have the function of tele-coordinating, at a distance, by means of their extremely long and thin extensions (telepodes), other cell types, initiating “stromal synapse” contacts with the latter and communicating by means of microvesicular structures – exosomes, the researchers explained, quoted by Mediafax.

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