Lisa B. Siconolfi

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The release of extracellular proteases by the axonal growth cone has been proposed to facilitate its movement by digesting cell-cell and cell-matrix contacts in the path of the advancing growth cone. The serine protease plasminogen activator (PA) has been shown to be secreted and focally concentrated at axonal growth cones of cultured mammalian neurons.(More)
Axonal outgrowth during peripheral nerve regeneration relies on the ability of growth cones to traverse through an environment that has been altered structurally and along a basal lamina sheath to reinnervate synaptic targets. To promote migration, growth cones secrete proteases that are thought to dissolve cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesions. These(More)
Plasminogen activators (PAs), tissue PA (tPA) and urokinase PA (uPA), have been shown to be induced in sensory neurons after sciatic nerve crush. These findings suggested that PAs facilitate peripheral nerve regeneration by digesting adhesive cell contacts and by activation of other proteases, thereby initiating a proteolytic cascade. Both tPA and uPA(More)
Peripheral nerve regeneration is dependent on the ability of regenerating neurites to migrate through cellular debris and altered extracellular matrix at the injury site, grow along the residual distal nerve sheath conduit, and reinnervate synaptic targets. In cell culture, growth cones of regenerating axons secrete proteases, specifically plasminogen(More)
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