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Sperm Cells Promote Regeneration of Brain Cells

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Following Has been released by Theracell, Inc.:

Sperm cells from the testes of humans, implanted into the brain of victims of Parkinson's disease, stroke, Lou Gehrig's disease, and those who have traumatic brain injuries, promote regeneration of healthy brain cells.

The technique centers around the Sertoli cell, a testes-based cell that releases an immuno-suppressive agent that enables sperm cells to survive and grow. Animal tests have shown that transplanting Sertoli cells into rat brains helps various therapeutic agents survive and promotes regeneration of brain cells.

Theracell, Inc., a subsidiary of Titan Pharmaceuticals of South San Francisco dedicated to developing treatments for central nervous systems diseases, has just licensed the technology from co-developers at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and will be using it initially to develop products for Parkinson's disease.

If you would be interested in interviewing Dr. Lou Bucalo (Titan Pharmaceuticals) about this new technology, please call Tanya Nizzi of S & S Public Relations, 847-291-8420 ext. 223.
SOURCE Theracell, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Tanya Nizzi of S & S Public Relations, 847-291-8420 ext. 223/

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