This revolutionary drug could fix spinal cord injuries

Scientists have come up with an injection, which is described as “revolutionary”.

According to a recent study new study, the drug TTK21 is able to treat the spinal cord injury. It was evaluated on paralyzed mice, which regenerated nerves after three months after receiving it.

 

The lead researcher the lead author Dr Simone Di Giovanni of Imperial College London declared in a press release this drug is extremely vital as there is no treatment for spinal cord injuries that are chronic.

In the event of an injury neurons’ regrowth and repair are not successful. TTK21 However, it appears to boost neuronal activity through synapses, and also promote the growth of neurons.

The injury of the spinal cord isn’t restricted to the back, but affects the flow of electrical signals across the whole body. This could result in paralysis in the legs.

The study, published in PLOS Biology found that the drug is able to regenerate axons that are the long spindly components of nerve cells.

In the present the only option is physical rehabilitation to help injured people recover some mobility. In addition there are no medications to treat chronic spine injury.

The mice received the medication for 12 weeks following an extremely severe injury. Researchers discovered that TTK21 assisted in the regrowth of sensory and motor neurons.

This is an epigenetic activater which targets DNA that is damaged.

According to Dr. Giovanni The increase in the growth of sensory axons may result from an increased expression of genes related to regeneration.

The expert added that they were looking at new strategies to utilize the drug and mix the drug with biomaterials that “improve disability in SCI patients”.

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