Posted on Oct 09, 2009, 6 a.m.
Canadian researchers advance a biotech solution for neuronal repair.
A team of researchers from the Montreal NeurologicaI Institute and Hospital (Canada) and McGill University (Canada) is the first to demonstrate the utility of an artificial component, plastic beads coated with a substance that encourages adhesion, in promoting nerve cells to regrow and re-establish connections (synapses).
Anna Lisa Lucido, Fernando Suarez Sanchez, Peter Thostrup, Adam V. Kwiatkowski, Sergio Leal-Ortiz, Gopakumar Gopalakrishnan, Dalinda Liazoghli, Wiam Belkaid, R. Bruce Lennox, Peter Grutter, Craig C. Garner, and David R. Colman. “Rapid Assembly of Functional Presynaptic Boutons Triggered by Adhesive Contacts.” J. Neurosci., Oct 2009; 29: 12449 - 12466 ; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1381-09.2009.