Alla Alovskaya

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Many studies have described biomaterial devices (conduits and scaffolds) that can be implanted into experimental lesions and which support axonal growth. However, a disadvantage of such pre-formed devices is that tissue needs to be excised to allow their insertion. In this study we have therefore examined four biomaterials that can be injected into an(More)
We have shown previously that mats made from the glycoprotein fibronectin are permissive for axonal growth when implanted into the injured spinal cord. Recent evidence has indicated that fibronectin and its peptides also have neuroprotective effects in the CNS. We have therefore examined the neuroprotective effects of fibronectin applied to a spinal cord(More)
The abilities of three calcium ionophores (A23187, 4-bromo-A23187, and ionomycin) to modulate the respiratory burst of neutrophils induced by phorbol ester and to increase the concentration of free intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) were compared. The production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was determined by luminol-dependent chemiluminescence and [Ca2+]i was(More)
T here are key differences in the extent to which the peripheral (PNS) and central (CNS) nervous systems recover function following damage. In each case there is a balance between factors that inhibit and promote neuronal regeneration. In the CNS this balance is skewed toward inhibition while in the PNS it is skewed towards promotion of neuronal growth.(More)
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