Danish research leads to artificial protein

An artificial protein created by Danish researchers together with a team of international scientists is a tremendous discovery for stem cell research, according to the ingeniøren.dk website

Danish researchers, working as part of an international team of scientists at the DanStem Research Center at the University of Copenhagen, are behind this important scientific breakthrough. The researchers have succeeded in creating a synthetic version of the protein Oct4 which makes it possible for adult cells to turn into stem cells.

This artificial version of the protein enables the researchers to produce stem cells much more quickly than with the natural version.

- It turned out that our synthetic version of Oct4 was far better at turning on the genes that tell cells how to be stem cells, explains Professor Joshua Brickman. Besides working for DanStem he is also connected to the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

This scientific discovery is particularly important in the battle against degenerative diseases such as type 1 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.