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Long-distance axonal regeneration in the transected adult rat spinal cord is promoted by olfactory ensheathing glia transplants

By Almudena Ramón-cueto, Giles W. Plant, Jesus Avila and Mary Bartlett Bunge

Abstract

The lack of axonal regeneration in the injured adult mammalian spinal cord leads to permanent functional impairment. To induce axonal regeneration in the transected adult rat spinal cord, we have used the axonal growth-promoting properties of adult olfactory bulb ensheathing glia (EG). Schwann cell (SC)filled guidance channels were grafted to bridge both cord stumps, and suspensions of pure (98%) Hoechst-labeled EG were stereotaxically injected into the midline of both stumps, 1 mm from the edges of the channel. In EG-transplanted animals, numerous neurofilament-, GAP-43-, anti-calcitonin generelated peptide (CGRP)-, and serotonin-immunoreactive fibers traversed the glial scars formed at both cord–graft interfaces. Supraspinal serotonergic axons crossed the transection gap through connective tissue bridges formed on the exterior of the channels, avoiding the channel interior. Strikingly, after crossin

Year: 1998
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