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What zebrafish can teach us about healing brain damage

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Posted in Science on 13th Nov, 2012 09:24 PM by AlexMuller

The zebrafish regenerates its brain after injury, unlike mammals. Is there something we can learn about the process that might help with traumatic brain injury?  A research team at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), Germany decided to investigate.

 

They found that that in zebrafish — in contrast to mammals — inflammation is a positive regulator of neuronal regeneration in the central nervous system, and in fact, is required.

 

“Our results suggest that acute inflammation can promote central nervous system regeneration, because it provides cues necessary for the initiation of the reactive proliferation and regenerative neurogenesis in adult zebrafish brain,” the researchers say in a Science paper. “Our findings reveal a signaling pathway in zebrafish that couples the inflammatory response to efficient enhancement of stem cell activity and initiation of neural regeneration.”

 

It it hoped that the research will lead to therapeutic applications in the future.



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Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-11-13
+5
Okay, that is a mouthful. It sounds like it isn't something beneficial to humans. At least not at this time, much further research is going to be necessary to see if anything can be radically changed enough to work in humans. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-11-13
+5
Hats off to the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) for looking into this phenominon and maybe someday it will be able to help humans. Reply


 

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