Sari S Hannila

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The failure of axons to regenerate after spinal cord injury remains one of the greatest challenges facing both medicine and neuroscience, but in the last 20 years there have been tremendous advances in the field of spinal cord injury repair. One of the most important of these has been the identification of inhibitory proteins in CNS myelin, and this has led(More)
The adult CNS does not spontaneously regenerate after injury, due in large part to myelin-associated inhibitors such as myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), Nogo-A, and oligodendrocyte-myelin glycoprotein. All three inhibitors can interact with either the Nogo receptor complex or paired immunoglobulin-like receptor B. A conditioning lesion of the sciatic(More)
After CNS injury, axonal regeneration is limited by myelin-associated inhibitors; however, this can be overcome through elevation of intracellular cyclic AMP (cAMP), as occurs with conditioning lesions of the sciatic nerve. This study reports that expression of secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) is strongly upregulated in response to elevation of(More)
At first glance, secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) would appear to have little relevance to the central nervous system (CNS). This serine protease inhibitor is most commonly found in mucosal fluids such as saliva and is best known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It has been shown to promote wound healing by reducing(More)
Postganglionic sympathetic axons display a remarkable ability for new collateral growth in response to local increases in nerve growth factor (NGF). Elevating NGF levels within the brain also induces the directional growth of sympathetic axons, but not within myelinated pathways of adult mammals. In this investigation, we provide in vivo evidence that(More)
This study examined the roles of nerve growth factor (NGF) and the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) in the growth of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) central processes in the dorsal horn. Two genetically modified mouse strains were used: transgenic mice that overexpress NGF in the CNS under the control of the glial fibrillary acidic protein promoter, and p75NTR(More)
This study examined the effects of hypomorphic p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) expression and high levels of nerve growth factor (NGF) on trkA phosphorylation and downstream activation of p44/42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). Post-ganglionic sympathetic neurons from postnatal day 1 p75NTR exon III null mutant (p75(-/-)) and 129/SvJ mice were(More)
Elevation of intracellular cyclic AMP (cAMP) levels has proven to be one of the most effective means of overcoming inhibition of axonal regeneration by myelin-associated inhibitors such as myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), Nogo, and oligodendrocyte myelin glycoprotein. Pharmacological manipulation of cAMP through the administration of dibutyryl cAMP or(More)
The expression of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) by reactive astrocytes is a major factor contributing to glial scarring and regenerative failure after spinal cord injury, but the molecular mechanisms underlying CSPG expression remain largely undefined. One contributing factor is transforming growth factor β (TGFβ), which is upregulated after(More)