A new study has shed light on the link between the neurological damage caused by a spinal cord injury, spontaneous motor function recovery and long-term motor deficits may lead to better treatments.
Researchers studied how laboratory rats recovered motor function four months after researchers simulated a C-6 partial spinal cord injury. Scientists found extensive kinetic, anatomical and electrophysiological data demonstrating how the rats compensated for their permanent loss of motor function.
According to Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, III, PhD, who is the scientific director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, “this paper is important to the spinal cord injury field because it provides a comprehensive assessment of motor performance up to four months after cervical spinal cord injury, identifying progressive sensorimotor compensatory processes that indicate new targets for therapeutic strategies to promote recovery and repair.”
On a separate note, researchers at Ohio State University have tested a new drug on laboratory mice that helped improve the animals’ limb movement. According to dispatch.com, the drug used in this case crossed the blood-brain barrier, did not increase pain and had no toxic effects.
In their study, researchers looked at a small molecule called oligodendrocytes. The molecule prevents the death of cells by surrounding and protecting long projections of a nerve cell called axons, by wrapping them in myelin which is an electrically insulating material that forms a layer (called the myelin sheath) that helps increase the speed at which electrical impulses (the orders sent by the brain to the spinal cord) propagate.
A spinal cord injury causes a protein named P75 to kill oligodendrocytes, whose death in turn causes the axons they support to degenerate, preventing the successful reception of the electrical impulses (orders) that the brain sends to the spinal cord. The experimental drug is the first to be developed with a specific target as a potential therapy for spinal cord injury. It has been named is LM11A-31 and was developed at Stanford University by Dr. Frank Longo, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Services.
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