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Spinal cord injury: A diversified lifestyle before the injury improves the healing process

In rodents, damaged nerve cells show a better regeneration when the animals are kept in cages with an environmental environment. A molecule can mimic the positive effects of the environment

In rodents, the environment in which they live affects the regeneration of damaged nerve cells. When the animals grow up with many peers and in large cages equipped with toys, tunnels, swings and running wheels, their nerve cells show an increased growth after an injury. This is reported by a research team headed by Professor Dr. Simone Di Giovanni, who recently moved from HIH and Tübingen University to Imperial College London. The paper has been published in the current issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine. In their study, the scientists also identified several molecules that played a key role in the mechanism. Artificially activating themin the body let injured nerve cells to recover to a greater extent as well.

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