Extensive respiratory plasticity after cervical spinal cord injury in rats: Axonal sprouting and rerouting of ventrolateral bulbospinal pathways

@article{Darlot2012ExtensiveRP,
  title={Extensive respiratory plasticity after cervical spinal cord injury in rats: Axonal sprouting and rerouting of ventrolateral bulbospinal pathways},
  author={Fannie Darlot and Florence Cayetanot and Patrick Gauthier and Val{\'e}ry Matarazzo and Anne Kastner},
  journal={Experimental Neurology},
  year={2012},
  volume={236},
  pages={88-102}
}
Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes an interruption of descending motor and autonomic nervous tracts. However, a partial injury, and particularly a unilateral section, is generally followed by spontaneous locomotor and respiratory recovery. Although locomotor functional recovery has been correlated to spontaneous anatomical plasticity of the corticospinal tract, the remodeling of the bulbospinal tract that sustains respiratory improvement is unknown and has therefore been investigated here after… CONTINUE READING

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