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Recent studies have shown that lens lesion promotes axonal regeneration in the optic nerve of adult rats. In the present investigations, dissociated retinal ganglion cells (RGC) from intact postnatal (P) 9-11 rats showed spontaneous neurite outgrowth on laminin-1, in contrast to RGC from intact P14-adult rats. Neurite outgrowth from P9-14 RGC on laminin-1(More)
1. A sublethal dose of botulinum toxin (type A) was injected into the muscles of one hind limb of the mouse causing local paralysis.2. Neuromuscular transmission and muscle sensitivity to acetylcholine (ACh) were studied in vitro in soleus and extensor digitorium longus (EDL) from 6 hr to 4 months after the injection of toxin.3. Both soleus and EDL failed(More)
The effects of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor on axonal outgrowth and apoptosis were studied in vitro using explanted dorsal root ganglia-peripheral nerve preparations of adult mice. In gels of matrigel or collagen type 1, glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor increased both the numbers and lengths of axons growing out of explanted(More)
Bradykinin B2 receptor mRNA was detected at low levels, both by RT-PCR and by in situ hybridization, in freshly isolated dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and in ganglia cultured in the absence of neurotrophic factors, but was strongly upregulated by culture in the presence of nerve growth factor (NGF). The effect of NGF is mediated via TrkA receptors. The related(More)
Non-viral methods of transfection of cDNAs into adult neurons and other post-mitotic cells are generally very inefficient. However, the recent development of Nucleofector technology developed by Amaxa Biosystems allows direct delivery of cDNAs into the nucleus, enabling transfection of non-dividing cells. In this study, we describe a reliable method for(More)
Dorsal root ganglia (L4 and L5) with attached spinal roots and nerve stumps were isolated from young adult mice and cultured in a layer of extracellular matrix material (matrigel). Within one day, a large number of axons grew out from the cut ends of the nerve and the dorsal root. The average outgrowth length was more than doubled by nerve growth factor,(More)
Explanted preparations of peripheral nerves with attached dorsal root ganglia of adult mammals and amphibia survive for several days in serum-free medium and can be used to study axonal regeneration in vitro. This review outlines the methods which we routinely use and how they may be applied to study different aspects of axonal regeneration. When the(More)
1. Re-innervation of soleus was studied in the mouse after either crushing the sciatic nerve or re-implanting the nerve to soleus outside the original end-plate region.2. During the early stages of re-innervation subthreshold end-plate potentials (e.p.p.s) were recorded in muscle fibres in response to nerve stimulation. Later the e.p.p.s became large enough(More)
The subpopulation of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons recognized by Griffonia simplicifolia isolectin B4 (IB4) differ from other neurons by expressing receptors for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) rather than neurotrophins. Additionally, IB4-labeled neurons do not express the laminin receptor, alpha7-integrin (Gardiner et al., 2005),(More)
The sensory axons of the adult mouse sciatic nerve were shown to regenerate after a local test crush lesion in vitro in a serum-free medium. The average outgrowth distance of the leading axons after culturing for 3 days was 2.8 +/- 0.1 mm, which was shorter than in vivo (3.8 +/- 0.2 mm). With the use of a compartmentalised culture system we could show that(More)