research update. "Fishing" for New Strategies to Improve Recovery

June 2011
PN;Jun2011, Vol. 65 Issue 6, p68
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The article focuses on a study by University of Texas assistant professor Jennifer Morgan and student Billy Lau on the molecular mechanisms that underlie neuron sprouting after spinal-cord injury (SCI). Researchers used as a model organism the jawless fish sea lamprey, which unlike most vertebrates, spontaneously recovers to rapid degree after SCI. It tells that any strategies designed to improve synapsin expression or neuron sprouting could likely be used to improve recovery in humans.


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