Jennifer Seifert

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The Rho guanine nucleotide triphosphatases (GTPases) Rac1 and RhoA are important regulators of axon growth. However, the specific roles each plays are complicated by implications that each is involved in promoting and inhibiting neurite outgrowth. Differential regulation of Rac1 and RhoA activation in cell bodies and growth cones may be important in(More)
Peripheral nerve damage is routinely repaired by autogenic nerve grafting, often leading to less than optimal functional recovery at the expense of healthy donor nerves. Alternative repair strategies use tubular scaffolds to guide the regeneration of damaged nerves, but despite the progress made on improved structural materials for the nerve tubes,(More)
Diabetes related peripheral neuropathy involves both somatic and autonomic nerves and leads to an array of debilitating abnormalities. Mechanisms may include decreased neuronal conductance, reactive oxygen species, and decreased performance of the perineurium blood-nerve barrier. Here we studied the perineurium characteristics of the dorsal penile nerve in(More)
Functional stability and in-vivo reliability are significant factors determining the longevity of a neural interface. In this ongoing study, we test the performance of a wireless floating microelectrode array (WFMA) over a period of 143 days. The topography of the microelectrodes has allowed for selective stimulation of different fascicles of the rat(More)
Regenerative peripheral nerve interfaces have been proposed as viable alternatives for the natural control and feel of robotic prosthetic limbs. We have developed a Regenerative Multi-electrode Interface (REMI) that guides re-growing axons through an electrode array deployed in the lumen of a nerve guide. While acute studies have shown the use of the REMI(More)
Clinical use of neurally controlled prosthetics has advanced in recent years, but limitations still remain, including lacking fine motor control and sensory feedback. Indwelling multi-electrode arrays, cuff electrodes, and regenerative sieve electrodes have been reported to serve as peripheral neural interfaces, though long-term stability of the(More)
Scoliosis corrective surgery requires the application of significant multidirectional stress forces, including distraction, for correction of the curved spine deformity and the application of fixation rods. If excessive, spine distraction may result in the development of new neurological deficits, some as severe as permanent paralysis. Current animal models(More)
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