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Nerve Regeneration

Isabel Ortuño-Lizarán, Guillermo Vilariño-Feltrer, Cristina Martínez-Ramos, Manuel Monleón Pradas, Ana Vallés-Lluch
Hydrogels have widely been proposed lately as strategies for neural tissue regeneration, but there are still some issues to be solved before their efficient use in tissue engineering of trauma, stroke or the idiopathic degeneration of the nervous system. In a previous work of the authors a novel Schwann-cell structure with the shape of a hollow cylinder was obtained using a three-dimensional conduit based in crosslinked hyaluronic acid as template. This original engineered tissue of tightly joined Schwann cells obtained in a conduit lumen having 400 μm in diameter is a consequence of specific cell-material interactions...
October 24, 2016: Biofabrication
Christine Radtke
Spider silk and its synthetic derivatives have a light weight in combination with good strength and elasticity. Their high cytocompatibility and low immunogenicity make them well suited for biomaterial products such as nerve conduits. Silk proteins slowly degrade enzymatically in vivo, thus allowing for an initial therapeutic effect such as in nerve scaffolding to facilitate endogenous repair processes, and then are removed. Silks are biopolymers naturally produced by many species of arthropods including spiders, caterpillars and mites...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Byung-Chul Kim, Sung-Min Jun, So Yeon Kim, Yong-Dae Kwon, Sung Chul Choe, Eun-Chul Kim, Jae-Hyung Lee, Jinseok Kim, Jun-Kyo Farancis Suh, Yu-Shik Hwang
The in vitro generation of cell-based three dimensional (3D) nerve tissue is an attractive subject to improve graft survival and integration into host tissue for neural tissue regeneration or to model biological events in stem cell differentiation. Although 3D organotypic culture strategies are well established for 3D nerve tissue formation of pluripotent stem cells to study underlying biology in nerve development, cell-based nerve tissues have not been developed using human postnatal stem cells with therapeutic potential...
October 24, 2016: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Wei Liu, Daming Wang, Jianghong Huang, You Wei, Jianyi Xiong, Weimin Zhu, Li Duan, Jielin Chen, Rong Sun, Daping Wang
Developed in recent years, low-temperature deposition manufacturing (LDM) represents one of the most promising rapid prototyping technologies. It is not only based on rapid deposition manufacturing process but also combined with phase separation process. Besides the controlled macropore size, tissue-engineered scaffold fabricated by LDM has inter-connected micropores in the deposited lines. More importantly, it is a green manufacturing process that involves non-heating liquefying of materials. It has been employed to fabricate tissue-engineered scaffolds for bone, cartilage, blood vessel and nerve tissue regenerations...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Fuben Xu, Kun Zhang, Peizhen Lv, Rongbin Lu, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao
Restoration of normal neurological function of transected peripheral nerve challenged regenerative medicine and surgery. Previous studies showed that Nectin-like molecule 1 (NECL1) is one of the important adhesion molecules on the axons and Schwann cells is located along the internodes in direct apposition to NECL1. In this study, we fabricated PLGA membrane pre-coated with NECL1, mimicking the natural axons to enhance the adhesion of Schwann cells. Investigation of the cellular response in vitro was performed by detecting cytotoxicity, proliferation, morphology, viability, specific markers and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) of Schwann cells cultured in PLGA...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Jue Hu, Dan Kai, Hongye Ye, Lingling Tian, Xin Ding, Seeram Ramakrishna, Xian Jun Loh
Nerve tissue engineering (TE) requires biomimetic scaffolds providing essential chemical and topographical cues for nerve regeneration. Poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) is a biodegradable and elastic polymer that has gained great interest as a TE scaffolding biomaterial. However, uncured PGS is difficult to be electrospun into nanofibers. PGS would, therefore, require the addition of electrospinning agents. In this study, we modified PGS by using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) to synthesize PGS-based copolymers with methyl methacrylate (MMA)...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
In Ae Chang, Hee Don Lim, Ki Joong Kim, Hwachul Shin, Uk Namgung
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Buyang Huanwu decoction (BYHWD) has been used in the traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of cardiovascular and neurological symptoms, and recent experimental studies have begun to provide evidence showing its protective effects on neural cells. Yet, its function for the regenerative responses of axons in the peripheral nerve after injury is not known. AIM OF THE STUDY: The primary objective of the present study was to explore that BYHWD is involved in growth-promoting activity of the peripheral nerve axons after injury...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Christine Altmann, Verica Vasic, Stefanie Hardt, Juliana Heidler, Annett Häussler, Ilka Wittig, Mirko H H Schmidt, Irmgard Tegeder
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve injury is a frequent cause of lasting motor deficits and chronic pain. Although peripheral nerves are capable of regrowth they often fail to re-innervate target tissues. RESULTS: Using newly generated transgenic mice with inducible neuronal progranulin overexpression we show that progranulin accelerates axonal regrowth, restoration of neuromuscular synapses and recovery of sensory and motor functions after injury of the sciatic nerve...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurodegeneration
So Hyun Ahn, In Ae Chang, Ki-Joong Kim, Chul-Jung Kim, Uk Namgung, Chung-Sik Cho
BACKGROUND: Bogijetong decoction (BGJTD) is a herbal drug formulation used in the traditional Asian medicine to treat neuropathic insults associated with diabetes and anticancer therapy. To understand the biological basis of BGJTD on protective effects against neuropathy, we investigated physiological and biochemical responses of the sciatic nerves deranged by taxol injection or crush injury in the rats. METHODS: Dissociated Schwann cells and neurons were prepared from the sciatic nerve and dorsal root ganglia (DRG) respectively and were treated with taxol and BGJTD...
October 22, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Xingxing Zhou, Anneng Yang, Zhongbing Huang, Guangfu Yin, Ximing Pu, Juan Jin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) can promote peripheral nerve repair. In this study, a conductive fiber-film (CFF) with core-sheath structure and conductivity of ∼10Scm(-1) was prepared by electrospinning of aligned poly(l-lactide acid) (PLLA) fibers and electrochemical deposition of polypyrole (PPy) nanoparticles. Then the multiple components of ECM, including laminin, fibronectin and collagen, were coated on the surface of CFF by culturing and lysing L929 cells to fabricate the bioactive scaffold of ECM-linked CFF (ECM-CFF)...
October 11, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Ravinder Bamba, Thanapong Waitayawinyu, Ratnam Nookala, David Colton Riley, Richard B Boyer, Kevin W Sexton, Chinnakart Boonyasirikool, Sunyarn Niempoog, Nathaniel D Kelm, Mark D Does, Richard D Dortch, Robert Bruce Shack, Wesley P Thayer
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve injury can have a devastating impact on our military and veteran population. Current strategies for peripheral nerve repair include techniques such as nerve tubes, nerve grafts, tissue matrices, and nerve growth guides to enhance the number of regenerating axons. Even with such advanced techniques, it takes months to regain function. In animal models, polyethylene glycol (PEG) therapy has shown to improve both physiologic and behavioral outcomes after nerve transection by fusion of a portion of the proximal axons to the distal axon stumps...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Ellen L Mintz, Juliana A Passipieri, Daniel Y Lovell, George J Christ
Despite the regenerative capacity of skeletal muscle, permanent functional and/or cosmetic deficits (e.g., volumetric muscle loss (VML) resulting from traumatic injury, disease and various congenital, genetic and acquired conditions are quite common. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies have enormous potential to provide a therapeutic solution. However, utilization of biologically relevant animal models in combination with longitudinal assessments of pertinent functional measures are critical to the development of improved regenerative therapeutics for treatment of VML-like injuries...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Fatma Şenses, Mustafa E Önder, Ismail D Koçyiğit, Oğuz Kul, Gülümser Aydin, Elem Inal, Fethi Atil, Umut Tekin
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) on peripheral nerve regeneration on the sciatic nerve of rats by using functional, histopathologic, and electrophysiologic analyses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty female Wistar rats were divided randomly into 3 experimental groups. In group 1 (G1), which was the control group, the sciatic nerve was transected and sutured (n = 10). In group 2 (G2), the sciatic nerve was transected, sutured, and then covered with PRF as a membrane (n = 10)...
October 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Mingyong Gao, Paul Lu, Dan Lynam, Bridget Bednark, W Marie Campana, Jeff Sakamoto, Mark Tuszynski
OBJECTIVE: We combined implantation of multi-channel templated agarose scaffolds with growth factor gene delivery to examine whether this combinatorial treatment can enhance peripheral axonal regeneration through long sciatic nerve gaps. APPROACH: 15 mm long scaffolds were templated into highly organized, strictly linear channels, mimicking the linear organization of natural nerves into fascicles of related function. Scaffolds were filled with syngeneic bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) secreting the growth factor brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and lentiviral vectors expressing BDNF were injected into the sciatic nerve segment distal to the scaffold implantation site...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Daniel Haselbach, Wassim Raffoul, Lorenz Larcher, Mathias Tremp, Daniel F Kalbermatten, Pietro G di Summa
INTRODUCTION: Hindlimb autophagy is common after rat sciatic total axotomy and is considered as a sign of neuropathic pain. We applied adult stem cells in a fibrin conduit in a total sciatic axotomy model to improve nerve regeneration, investigating whether a correlation could be detected between stem cells effects on regeneration and limb autophagy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: After sciatic nerve section, a 1-cm sciatic gap was crossed using fibrin conduits. EXPERIMENTAL: groups included empty fibrin conduits, fibrin conduits seeded with primary Schwann cells, and fibrin conduits seeded with Schwann cell-like differentiated mesenchymal or adipose-derived stem cells (dMSCs and dASCs)...
October 16, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Marina Hovakimyan, Oliver Stachs, Olmiere Céline, Rudolf F Guthoff
PURPOSE: Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) is associated with massive cellular damage, the long-term clinical consequences of which have still to be elucidated. In this study, we seek to determine whether matrix-based regenerating agent (RGTA) therapy has a positive influence on stromal regeneration after CXL. METHODS: Twelve New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into 2 groups of 6. CXL of the right cornea was performed in both groups, followed by topical corneal application of one drop of vehicle or one drop of RGTA...
October 14, 2016: Cornea
Mehmet Emin Önger, Burcu Delibaş, Aysın Pınar Türkmen, Erkan Erener, Berrin Zuhal Altunkaynak, Süleyman Kaplan
Nerve injuries result in functional loss in the innervated organ or body parts, and recovery is difficult unless surgical treatment has been done. Different surgical treatments have been suggested for nerve repair. Tissue engineering related to growth factors has arisen as an alternative approach for triggering and improving nerve regeneration. Therefore, the aim of this review is to provide a comprehensive analysis related to growth factors as tools for optimizing the regeneration process. Studies and reviews on the use of growth factors for nerve regeneration were compiled over the course of the review...
October 17, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Betty Laverdet, Dorothée Girard, Audrey Bayout, Nelly Bordeau, Claire Demiot, Alexis Desmoulière
BACKGROUND: Damage to the peripheral nervous system influences wound healing and, after a deep burn, imperfect cutaneous nerve regeneration occurs. A third-degree burn model was developed in rats combined with the use of resiniferatoxin (RTX), known to promote sensory neuropathy. METHODS: Rats were injected intraperitoneally either with RTX or vehicle. A mechanical sensory assay and the hot plate thermal sensory test were performed. The structural integrity of the sciatic nerve was assessed using transmission electron microcopy...
October 12, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Zhaoxia Mu, Shuqiang Zhang, Chunjiao He, Haitao Hou, Dong Liu, Nan Hu, Hui Xu
The SoxC transcription factors (Sox4, Sox11, and Sox12) play important roles in the development of the vertebrate eye and retina. However, their expression and function during retinal and optic nerve regeneration remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the expression and possible functions of the SoxC genes after retinal and optic nerve injury in adult zebrafish. We found that among the five SoxC members, Sox11b was strongly induced in BrdU-positive cells in the inner nuclear layer (INL) after retinal injury, and morpholino-mediated Sox11b-knockdown significantly reduced the number of proliferating cells in the INL at 4 days post-injury...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience Bulletin
Ding-Jun Hao, Cuicui Liu, Lingling Zhang, Bo Chen, Qian Zhang, Rui Zhang, Jing An, Jingjing Zhao, Mingmei Wu, Yi Wang, Alfred Simental, Baorong He, Hao Yang
The gradual deterioration following central nervous system (CNS) injuries or neurodegenerative disorders is usually accompanied by infiltration of degenerated and apoptotic neural tissue debris. A rapid and efficient clearance of these deteriorated cell products is of pivotal importance in creating a permissive environment for regeneration of those damaged neurons. Our recent report revealed that the phagocytic activity of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) can make a substantial contribution to neuronal growth in such a hostile environment...
October 14, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
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