AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018

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In a Break with Dogma, Myelin Boosts Neuron Growth in Spinal Cord Injuries

The molecule inhibits adult axon regeneration, but appears to stimulate young neurons

 

Recovery after severe spinal cord injury is notoriously fraught, with permanent paralysis often the result. In recent years, researchers have increasingly turned to stem cell-based therapies as a potential method for repairing and replacing damaged nerve cells. They have struggled, however, to overcome numerous innate barriers, including myelin, a mixture of insulating proteins and lipids that helps speed impulses through adult nerve fibers but also inhibits neuronal growth. 

But in a new paper, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that adult rat myelin actually stimulated axonal outgrowth in rat neural precursor cells (NPCs) and human induced pluripotent (iPSC)-derived neural stem cells (NSCs).

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