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Antibody to Help Avoid Damage To Spine

Upon suffering a spinal cord injury, the body releases a molecule called lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) that promotes inflammation and nerve cell death. Doctors do not have a treatment to counteract the damage caused by this natural defense mechanism. Until now…

The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) of Monash University and the Centre for Eye Research Australia have published a research in the American Journal of Pathology detailing how a new antibody created by the American therapeutic antibody company Lpath block the effects of LPA.

According to, by administering the antibody soon after the injury occurred, the research team led by Dr Yona Goldshmit of ARMI and Dr Alice Pébay of CERA, proved that it was possible to preserve nerve cells and limit the amount of scarring, while substantially reducing the losses in motor function.

Dr Pébay, who is the Head of CERA’s Neuroregeneration Unit, said the study offered great hope for a future pharmacological therapy for spinal cord injuries in humans. According to her, “Perhaps this drug will one day be administered in the back of an ambulance, as the patient is being transported to hospital.”

Other Problems Affecting Regeneration of Tissue in Injured Spinal Cord

As discussed in a recent post (see post dated 07/09/2012), scientists have discovered that when an injury to the spinal cord occurs, production of a certain protein (RhoA) increases. This protein blocks the regeneration of the nerve cells necessary for the damaged tissue to heal. Researchers at W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, in collaboration with Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have developed a chemically synthesized siRNA molecule that once administered to the injured spine decreases the production of the RhoA protein, therefore allowing the regeneration of the nerve cells.

We Can Help

However, these treatments are not cheap. If the injuries were caused in an accident in which someone else was responsible, maybe we can help. The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, may be able to help the victims of spinal cord injuries caused by another’s negligent actions recover money to help pay for their treatment, including rehabilitation therapy, for their daily expenses, for their pain and suffering and for their lost wages.

The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help

If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park or any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Car Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, have represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents that have caused spinal cord injuries.

The lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 75 years of combined experience helping victims of spinal cord injuries resulting from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, accidents at amusement parks or any other kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence recover the compensation that may be owed to them. Please visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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