A new hybrid of biomaterial nanoparticles in conjunction with existing methods of tissue regeneration was successfully synthesized to promote and regenerate tissue following spinal cord injury. The new method has the potential to treat spinal cord injuries.
Using zebrafish, researchers investigated the timing and genetic programming of macrophages that help repair and regenerate the sensory organs within the fish. The findings could help pave the way for regenerative treatments for spinal cord injuries, hearing loss, and heart disorders in humans.
Researchers have created a new blueprint that outlines how embryonic stem cells from mice become sensory interneurons and identified a method for producing sensory interneurons in a lab setting. If the results can be replicated in human stem cells, researchers say the findings could contribute to the development of therapies to restore sensation to those suffering nerve damage and spinal cord injury.