Journal article

Selective inhibition of ASIC1a confers functional and morphological neuroprotection following traumatic spinal cord injury [version 1; referees: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]

LM Koehn, Q Dong, SY Er, LD Rash, GF King, KM Dziegielewska, NR Saunders, MD Habgood

F1000Research | Published : 2016

Abstract

Tissue loss after spinal trauma is biphasic, with initial mechanical/haemorrhagic damage at the time of impact being followed by gradual secondary expansion into adjacent, previously unaffected tissue. Limiting the extent of this secondary expansion of tissue damage has the potential to preserve greater residual spinal cord function in patients. The acute tissue hypoxia resulting from spinal cord injury (SCI) activates acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a). We surmised that antagonism of this channel should provide neuroprotection and functional preservation after SCI. We show that systemic administration of the spider-venom peptide PcTx1, a selective inhibitor of ASIC1a, improves locomotor f..

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