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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786639/chemogenetic-enhancement-of-axon-regeneration-following-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-the-slick-a-mouse
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Poonam B Jaiswal, Olivia C Mistretta, Patricia J Ward, Arthur W English
The effects of chemogenetics on axon regeneration following peripheral nerve transection and repair were studied in mice expressing a Cre-dependent excitatory designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drugs (DREADD) and Cre-recombinase/yellow fluorescent protein (YFP) in a subset of motor and sensory neurons and cortical motoneurons (SLICK-A). Sciatic nerves were cut and repaired and mice were treated either once, at the time of injury, or five days per week for two weeks with clozapine N-oxide (CNO) (1 mg/kg, i...
May 22, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784996/dual-function-injectable-angiogenic-biomaterial-for-the-repair-of-brain-tissue-following-stroke
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Lina R Nih, Shiva Gojgini, S Thomas Carmichael, Tatiana Segura
Stroke is the primary cause of disability due to the brain's limited ability to regenerate damaged tissue. After stroke, an increased inflammatory and immune response coupled with severely limited angiogenesis and neuronal growth results in a stroke cavity devoid of normal brain tissue. In the adult, therapeutic angiogenic materials have been used to repair ischaemic tissues through the formation of vascular networks. However, whether a therapeutic angiogenic material can regenerate brain tissue and promote neural repair is poorly understood...
May 21, 2018: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781850/comparing-processed-nerve-allografts-and-assessing-their-capacity-to-retain-and-release-nerve-growth-factor
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Alonda C Pollins, Richard B Boyer, Marlieke Nussenbaum, Wesley P Thayer
Peripheral nerve gap injuries continue to present a clinical challenge to today's surgeons. One method of surgical repair, implantation of acellular allografts, has been developed with the aim of bridging the gap with a cadaveric graft after removal of its cellular components, thereby accelerating axonal regeneration and eliminating the need for immunosuppression in recipient patients. Although decellularizing allografts reduces rates of graft rejection, the same chemical processing modifies the neural microenvironment, removing neutrotrophic factors and modifying the complex extracellular matrix...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774231/semaphorin3a-signaling-is-dispensable-for-motor-axon-reinnervation-of-the-adult-neuromuscular-junction
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Jennifer L Shadrach, Brian A Pierchala
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is a specialized synapse that is formed by motor axon innervation of skeletal muscle fibers. The maintenance of motor-muscle connectivity is critical for the preservation of muscle tone and generation of movement. Injury can induce a robust regenerative response in motor axons, but severe trauma or chronic denervation resulting from neurodegenerative disease typically leads to inefficient repair and poor functional recovery. The axon guidance molecule Semaphorin3A (Sema3A) has been implicated as a negative regulator of motor innervation...
May 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753649/comparison-of-subacute-and-chronic-scar-tissues-after-complete-spinal-cord-transection
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Xing Li, Bin Yang, Zhifeng Xiao, Yannan Zhao, Sufang Han, Yanyun Yin, Bing Chen, Jianwu Dai
Traditional views consider scar tissue formed in the lesion epicenter after severe spinal cord injury (SCI) as both a physical barrier and chemical impediment for axonal regeneration. Recently, a controversial opinion suggested that astrocyte scar formation aids rather than prevents axonal regeneration in the CNS. Here, following complete transection of the thoracic spinal cord (T8) in rats, we found that scar tissue showed greater growth factor expression at 2 weeks than 8 weeks post-SCI. Further, tandem mass tag (TMT)-based quantitative proteomic analysis revealed that the components of scar tissue formed in the subacute phase are quite different from that formed in the chronic phase...
May 10, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751848/differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-into-schwann-cell-like-cells-through-intermittent-induction-potential-advantage-of-cellular-transient-memory-function
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Xun Sun, Yun Zhu, He-Yong Yin, Zhi-Yuan Guo, Feng Xu, Bo Xiao, Wen-Li Jiang, Wei-Min Guo, Hao-Ye Meng, Shi-Bi Lu, Yu Wang, Jiang Peng
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve injury (PNI) is a worldwide issue associated with severe social and economic burden. Autologous nerve grafting, the gold standard treatment for peripheral nerve defects, still has a number of technical limitations. Tissue engineering technology is a novel therapeutic strategy, and mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are promising seed cells for nerve tissue engineering. However, the efficiency of traditional methods for inducing the differentiation of MSCs to Schwann cell-like cells (SCLCs) remains unsatisfactory...
May 11, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751769/repeated-injections-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-significantly-promotes-functional-recovery-in-rabbits-with-spinal-cord-injury-of-two-noncontinuous-segments
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Chaohua Yang, Gaoju Wang, Fenfen Ma, Baoqing Yu, Fancheng Chen, Jin Yang, Jianjun Feng, Qing Wang
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are sustained by an increasing number of patients each year worldwide. The treatment of SCIs has long been a hard nut to crack for doctors around the world. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown benefits for the repair of SCI and recovery of function. Our present study aims to investigate the effects of intravenously infused human umbilical cord blood-derived MSCs (hUCB-MSCs) on functional recovery after subacute spinal cord compression injury of two noncontinuous segments...
May 11, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747821/gangliosides-in-axon-stability-and-regeneration
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Pablo H H Lopez, Bárbara Beatriz Báez
Gangliosides are a family of sialic acid-containing glycosphingolipids highly expressed in the nervous system of vertebrates. Over the last 25years, research has unmasked several of their neurobiological functions but the role of gangliosides in the nervous system remains not fully elucidated. Genetic disruption of genes for key enzymes involved in ganglioside biosynthesis led to the discovery of their diverse functions and highlighted the exquisite structural specificity required in this processes. In the nervous system, gangliosides regulate axonal caliber and organize ion channels at the nodes of Ranvier, a critical step to ensure fast conduction velocity of myelinated fibers...
2018: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740270/therapeutic-effect-of-platelet-rich-plasma-in-rat-spinal-cord-injuries
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Nan-Fu Chen, Chun-Sung Sung, Zhi-Hong Wen, Chun-Hong Chen, Chien-Wei Feng, Han-Chun Hung, San-Nan Yang, Kuan-Hao Tsui, Wu-Fu Chen
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is prepared by centrifuging fresh blood in an anticoagulant state, and harvesting the platelet-rich portion or condensing platelets. Studies have consistently demonstrated that PRP concentrates are an abundant source of growth factors, such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor β (TGF-β), insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and epithelial growth factor (EGF). The complex mechanisms underlying spinal cord injury (SCI) diminish intrinsic repair and neuronal regeneration...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734894/-in-situ-vascular-nerve-graft-for-restoration-of-intrinsic-hand-function-an-anatomical-study
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Kamran Mozaffarian, Hamid Reza Zemoodeh, Mohammad Zarenezhad, Mohammad Owji
BACKGROUND: In combined high median and ulnar nerve injury, transfer of the posterior interosseous nerve branches to the motor branch of the ulnar nerve (MUN) is previously described in order to restore intrinsic hand function. In this operation a segment of sural nerve graft is required to close the gap between the donor and recipient nerves. However the thenar muscles are not innervated by this nerve transfer. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the superficial radial nerve (SRN) can be used as an "in situ vascular nerve graft" to connect the donor nerves to the MUN and the motor branch of median nerve (MMN) at the same time in order to address all denervated intrinsic and thenar muscles...
June 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733569/directing-ipsc-derived-neural-stem-cell-fate-with-3d-biomimetic-hydrogel-for-spinal-cord-injury-repair
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Lei Fan, Can Liu, Xiuxing Chen, Yan Zou, Zhengnan Zhou, Chengkai Lin, Guoxin Tan, Lei Zhou, Chengyun Ning, Qiyou Wang
Current treatment approaches for spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are mainly based on cellular transplantation. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) without supply constraints and ethical concerns have emerged as a viable treatment option for repairing neurological disorders. However, the primarily limitations in the neuroregeneration field are uncontrolled cell differentiation, and low cell viability caused by the ischemic environment. The mechanical property of three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel can be easily controlled and shared similar characteristics with nerve tissue, thus promoting cell survival and controlled cell differentiation...
May 7, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729248/stimulation-dependent-remodeling-of-the-corticospinal-tract-requires-reactivation-of-growth-promoting-developmental-signaling-pathways
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Neela Zareen, Shahid Dodson, Kristine Armada, Rahma Awad, Nadia Sultana, Erina Hara, Heather Alexander, John H Martin
The corticospinal tract (CST) can become damaged after spinal cord injury or stroke, resulting in weakness or paralysis. Repair of the damaged CST is limited because mature CST axons fail to regenerate, which is partly because the intrinsic axon growth capacity is downregulated in maturity. Whereas CST axons sprout after injury, this is insufficient to recover lost functions. Chronic motor cortex (MCX) electrical stimulation is a neuromodulatory strategy to promote CST axon sprouting, leading to functional recovery after CST lesion...
May 2, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728852/glial-cells-shape-pathology-and-repair-after-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Andrew D Gaudet, Laura K Fonken
Glial cell types were classified less than 100 years ago by del Rio-Hortega. For instance, he correctly surmised that microglia in pathologic central nervous system (CNS) were "voracious monsters" that helped clean the tissue. Although these historical predictions were remarkably accurate, innovative technologies have revealed novel molecular, cellular, and dynamic physiologic aspects of CNS glia. In this review, we integrate recent findings regarding the roles of glia and glial interactions in healthy and injured spinal cord...
May 4, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722323/end-to-end-and-end-to-side-neurorrhaphy-between-thick-donor-nerves-and-thin-recipient-nerves-an-axon-regeneration-study-in-a-rat-model
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Tohru Tateshita, Kazuki Ueda, Akiyoshi Kajikawa
During nerve reconstruction, nerves of different thicknesses are often sutured together using end-to-side neurorrhaphy and end-to-end neurorrhaphy techniques. In this study, the effect of the type of neurorrhaphy on the number and diameter of regenerated axon fibers was studied in a rat facial nerve repair model. An inflow-type end-to-side and end-to-end neurorrhaphy model with nerve stumps of different thicknesses (2:1 diameter ratio) was created in the facial nerve of 14 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats. After 6 and 12 weeks, nerve regeneration was evaluated in the rats using the following outcomes: total number of myelinated axons, average minor axis diameter of the myelinated axons in the central and peripheral sections, and axon regeneration rate...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722302/stimulating-effect-of-thyroid-hormones-in-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-research-history-and-future-direction-toward-clinical-therapy
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REVIEW
I Barakat-Walter, R Kraftsik
Injury to peripheral nerves is often observed in the clinic and severe injuries may cause loss of motor and sensory functions. Despite extensive investigation, testing various surgical repair techniques and neurotrophic molecules, at present, a satisfactory method to ensuring successful recovery does not exist. For successful molecular therapy in nerve regeneration, it is essential to improve the intrinsic ability of neurons to survive and to increase the speed of axonal outgrowth. Also to induce Schwann cell phenotypical changes to prepare the local environment favorable for axonal regeneration and myelination...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722301/collagen-for-brain-repair-therapeutic-perspectives
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REVIEW
Buket Ucar, Christian Humpel
Biomaterials have increasingly become a focus of research on neuroprotection and neuroregeneration. Collagen, in terms of brain repair, presents many advantages such as being remarkably biocompatible, biodegradable, versatile and non-toxic. Collagen can be used to form injectable scaffolds and micro/nano spheres in order to: (i) locally release therapeutic factors with the aim of protecting degenerating neurons in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseases, (ii) encapsulate stem cells for safe delivery, (iii) encapsulate genetically modified cells to provide a long term source of trophic factors, (iv) fill in the voids from injury to serve as a structural support and provide a permissive microenvironment to promote axonal growth...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722300/bridging-the-gap-axonal-fusion-drives-rapid-functional-recovery-of-the-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Jean-Sébastien Teoh, Michelle Yu-Ying Wong, Tarika Vijayaraghavan, Brent Neumann
Injuries to the central or peripheral nervous system frequently cause long-term disabilities because damaged neurons are unable to efficiently self-repair. This inherent deficiency necessitates the need for new treatment options aimed at restoring lost function to patients. Compared to humans, a number of species possess far greater regenerative capabilities, and can therefore provide important insights into how our own nervous systems can be repaired. In particular, several invertebrate species have been shown to rapidly initiate regeneration post-injury, allowing separated axon segments to re-join...
April 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721326/axonal-regeneration-in-zebrafish-spinal-cord
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REVIEW
Sukla Ghosh, Subhra Prakash Hui
In the present review we discuss two interrelated events-axonal damage and repair-known to occur after spinal cord injury (SCI) in the zebrafish. Adult zebrafish are capable of regenerating axonal tracts and can restore full functionality after SCI. Unlike fish, axon regeneration in the adult mammalian central nervous system is extremely limited. As a consequence of an injury there is very little repair of disengaged axons and therefore functional deficit persists after SCI in adult mammals. In contrast, peripheral nervous system axons readily regenerate following injury and hence allow functional recovery both in mammals and fish...
March 2018: Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719840/local-xenotransplantation-of-bone-marrow-derived-mast-cells-bmmcs-improves-functional-recovery-of-transected-sciatic-nerve-in-cat-a-novel-approach-in-cell-therapy
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Rahim Mohammadi, Dana Anousheh, Mohammad-Hazhir Alaei, Amin Nikpasand, Hawdam Rostami, Rasoul Shahrooz
Objective: To determine the effects of bone marrow derived mast cells (BMMCs) on functional recovery of transected sciatic nerve in animal model of cat. Method: A 20-mm sciatic nerve defect was bridged using a silicone nerve guide filled with BMMCs in BMMC group. In Sham-surgery group (SHAM), the sciatic nerve was only exposed and manipulated. In control group (SILOCONE) the gap was repaired with a silicone nerve guide and both ends were sealed using sterile Vaseline to avoid leakage and the nerve guide was filled with 100 μL of phosphate-buffered saline alone...
April 2018: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719281/expression-of-nrf2-promotes-schwann-cell-mediated-sciatic-nerve-recovery-in-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy
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Wei Tang, Xiangfang Chen, Haoqi Liu, Qian Lv, Junjie Zou, Yongquan Shi, Zhimin Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: High glucose-induced oxidative stress and inflammatory responses play an important role in painful diabetic neuropathy by activating the TLR4/NFκB signal pathway. Schwann cells (SCs) are integral to peripheral nerve biology, contributing to saltatory conduction along axons, nerve and axon development, and axonal regeneration. SCs provide a microenvironment favoring vascular regeneration but their low survival ratio in hyperglycemic conditions suppress the function to promote nerve growth...
April 26, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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