Thursday, October 6, 2022

Scientists have developed an injection to heal spinal cord injuries

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Scientists have developed an injection to heal spinal cord injuries.

According to a new study, scientists restored their nerves within three months by injecting TTK21 drug into paralyzed mice.

According to the scientists, this experiment shows that the drug TTK21 given once a week to animals with spinal cord injury (SCI) can help in neuronal regrowth.

According to Dr. Simone Di Giovanni of Imperial College London, who was involved in the research, the drug is important because spinal cord injury is something that cannot be treated.

It should be noted that damage to the spinal cord disrupts the electrical signals from the brain to the body, which can cause paralysis in the lower part of the body.

There is currently no effective treatment for spinal cord injury. Physical rehabilitation can help patients regain some mobility. However, for severe cases, the results are extremely limited due to the inability of the spinal cord neurons (cells that send signals between the brain and the nervous system) to regenerate naturally.

However, the study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, showed that when TTK21 was injected into acutely injured mice, it helped to regrow neurons 12 weeks later.

This drug belongs to a group of treatments called epigenetic activators that target damaged DNA.

According to the scientists, the injection of this drug was tested only on mice, but in the future it may also be a subject for human patients.

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by Azadi Times