Journal article

Selected changes in spinal cord morphology after T4 transection and olfactory ensheathing cell transplantation

Tomas Kalincik, Katarina Jozefcikova, Ratneswary Sutharsan, Alan Mackay-Sim, Pascal Carrive, Phil ME Waite

Autonomic Neuroscience - Basic & Clinical | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2010

Abstract

Spinal cord transection at T4 results in severe damage of the nervous tissue, with impairment of motor, sensory and autonomic functions. Transplantation of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) has the potential to improve these functions through a number of mechanisms, which include facilitation of regeneration and neuroprotection. For cardiovascular functions, we have previously shown that OECs reduce the duration of autonomic dysreflexia, without evidence of regeneration. To further understand the mechanisms underpinning this improvement, we have studied changes in selected morphological features (cavitation, non-cavity tissue loss, morphology of sympathetic preganglionic neurons and primary..

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