Cell transplantation aids spinal cord repair in ratsBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7236.670/d (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:670
- Xavier Bosch
A team of Spanish researchers has shown that transplantation of a specific type of glial cell in rats that became paraplegic after their spinal cords had been completely severed promotes functional recovery and regeneration of motor axons over a long distance (Neuron 2000;25:425-35).
“This constitutes a dramatic functional improvement and anatomical repair after complete severance of the adult mammalian spinal cord,” said lead researcher Dr Almudena Ramón-Cueto of the Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa in Madrid, Spain.
“Our results open doors in the search for a therapeutic procedure that might be useful in humans with spinal cord injuries and central nervous …