Banking and transplantation of SSCs may become a promising method to preserve the fertility of prepubertal patients. According to recent discoveries, the potential of SSCs to become pluripotent or to transdifferentiate into other cell types is interesting and may create an additional role for SSCs as a source for stem cell therapy. Nevertheless, the methods established in mice still need to be tested and adapted to human applications.
We are very grateful for the financial support received from Methusalem, the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen, Belgium), the Flemish League against Cancer, the Research Council of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the Research Council of the UZ Brussel. Ellen Goossens is a postdoctoral fellow at the FWO-Vlaanderen.
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