New Spinal Cord Injury Research Focuses on Regeneration of Axons

New Spinal Cord Injury Research Focuses on Regeneration of Axons

Sacramento : CA : USA | Sep 25, 2012 at 4:29 AM PDT
Source: PRWeb
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A University of California, San Diego, team of researchers has experienced success in regenerating axonal growth in the spinal cords of test animals, according to the results of a study released this week. The study was published in the trade journal, Cell, on September 14.

In simple terms, researchers applied a gel of fibrin, a human blood protein, mixed with growth factors to the area of spinal cord injury in laboratory animals. The responding growth in axons, the neurological relays that transmit signals up and down the spinal cord, was 200 times what had been previously observed after a six-week trial period. The axons also grew up to ten times longer than in previous studies, suggesting that the gel might help regenerate connections in damaged spinal cords even if the damage covers a relatively large area. Spinal cord injury facts and figures at a glance,” February, 2012.

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