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Building bridges with astrocytes for spinal cord repair

Robert H Miller

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurosciences, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-4975, USA

Journal of Biology 2006, 5:6  doi:10.1186/jbiol40

Published: 9 May 2006

Abstract

Simultaneous suppression of glial scarring and a general enhancement of axonal outgrowth has now been accomplished in an adult rat model of spinal cord transection. Transplantation of a novel astrocyte cell type derived from glial-restricted precursors in vitro raise the eventual possibility of cellular therapy for spinal cord injury.