Salmon fibrin and gene inhibitor improved lost spinal function

  • July 30, 2014

Scientists at the University of California-Irvine Reeve-Irvine Research Center found that, when lost spinal function occurred after a traumatic injury, a therapy that combines salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord with injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function.

In their study, which was discussed in a university press release and published in The Journal of Neuroscience, Oswald Steward and colleagues achieved this breakthrough by turning back the developmental clock in a molecular pathway critical to the formation of corticospinal tract nerve connections and by providing a scaffold for neuronal axons at the injury site to grow and link up again.

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