Posts Tagged ‘nerve regeneration’
Posted on September 19th, 2020
Scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated how astrocytic glial cells in the brain can play a major role in facilitating neuron repair. The research, reported in Cell Metabolism, is the first to establish a link between glucose metabolism in glial cells and functional regeneration of damaged neurons in the central nervous system. “We found that glia have a metabolic switch associated with glucose metabolism that when triggered reverses inhibitory effects on growth and promotes axon regeneration,” commented Shuxin Li, MD, PhD, professor of anatomy and cell biology at Shriners Hospital’s Pediatric Research Center at LKSOM, and a senior investigator on the new study, which is titled, “Glial Metabolic Rewiring Promotes Axon Regeneration and Functional Recovery in the Central Nervous System.”
Posted on November 4th, 2019
A recent study has revealed new findings about nerve cell development that could help to facilitate future treatment options for spinal cord injuries.
Posted on July 1st, 2013
Researchers at the Case Western Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic have developed a technique that regenerates nerve cells in rats, permitting them to urinate normally after severe spinal cord injury. The results of their research are published in today’s edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.
According to scientists Yu-Shang Lee and Jerry Silver, their technique raises hope that humans with such injuries may also be able to restore bladder and other functions.
Posted on November 25th, 2012
Scientists have used a special cell to regenerate damaged parts of dogs’ spines. Researchers are cautiously excited about these results which could potentially have a future role in the treatment of human patients with similar spinal injuries.
For many years, scientists have been aware that olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC) could be helpful in treating the damaged spinal cord because of their distinctive properties. The unique cells have the capacity to support nerve fiber growth that preserves a pathway between the nose and the brain.
Posted on April 24th, 2012
Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of assisting nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally, which could improve the chances of restoring sensation and movement in injured limbs.
In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published April 23, 2012 in the journal Biofabrication, the team describes a new method for making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits or NGCs.