Animal research and the treatment of brain injury

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A study (by Alice Klausmeyer et al.) recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research reports that certain sugar residues found in the extracellular matrix (glia) of the spinal cord regulate the growth and survival of motoneurons, the nerve cells which transmit signals from the brain to muscles.

 "If we had a medication that could change the extracellular matrix so that it favours the growth and survival of nerve cells, that would be a large step in the treatment of nerve injuries after accidents or also for the treatment of diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis," says Prof. Wiese [of the research team].

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