Debra M Bohnert

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Topical application of the hydrophilic polymer polyethylene glycol (PEG) to isolated adult guinea pig spinal cord injuries has been shown to lead to the recovery of both the anatomical integrity of the tissue and the conduction of nerve impulses through the lesion. Furthermore, a brief (2 min) application of the fusogen (M(r) 1800, 50 % w/v aqueous(More)
Arguably a seminal event in most trauma and disease is the breakdown of the cell membrane. In most cells, this is first observed as a collapse of the axolemmas barrier properties allowing a derangement of ions to occur, leading to a progressive dissolution of the cell or its process. We have shown that an artificial sealing of mechanically damaged membranes(More)
We have imposed a steady, rostrally negative, weak (ca 0.4 mV/mm) voltage gradient across transections of ascending white matter tracts in the adult guinea pig using an implanted stimulator and electrodes for about 1 month. We have evaluated the projections of these axons relative to the transection approximately 2 months postinjury by anterograde transport(More)
BACKGROUND We continue our exploration of the large polysaccharide polymer Chitosan as an acute therapy for severe damage to the nervous system. We tested the action of subcutaneously injected nanoparticles (~ 100 - 200 nanometers in diameter; 1 mg per ml) against control injections (silica particle of the same size and concentration) in a standardized in(More)
We have studied the application of voltage gradients to injured spinal cord which enhanced regeneration of axons and reduced their retrograde degeneration after injury. This led to an implanted electronic device producing electrical fields sufficient to induce regeneration in both ascending and descending tracts of white matter (called oscillating field(More)
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