The influence of the coagulation factor fibrinogen on the damaged brain has been detailed by scientists at the University of Freiburg in a news paper. Neural stem and progenitor cells (NSPCs), from the so-called subventricular zone (SVZ), can help to repair a brain damaged by central nervous system disorders. It is known that the microenvironment… Read more

A biodegradable nerve guide filled with growth-promoting protein that can regenerate long sections of damaged nerves, without the need for transplanting stem cells or a donor nerve has been developed by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers. “We’re the first to show a nerve guide without any cells was able to bridge a large… Read more

Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 21 promotes remyelination in mice and may be a promising key molecule for treating demyelinating diseases, a new study by scientists at Osaka University shows. Demyelination occurs in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and is associated with neurological dysfunction. In normal development, oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) differentiate into oligodendrocytes, which are… Read more

An “anti-sense” RNA (AS-RNA) is expressed after nerve injury to regulate how the damaged nerves rebuild their coating of myelin, scientists from Brown University have discovered. Myelin, like the cladding around a cable or wire, is crucial for making nerves efficient conductors. The research, done in mice, may reveal a new way to intervene in… Read more

Age-related hearing loss may not be due entirely to the death of sensory hair cells in the inner ear, recent research on the workings of nerve cells at Johns Hopkins suggests. It’s studies in mice, the Johns Hopkins team says, verified a higher number of connections between some sensory cells and nerve cells in the… Read more