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Combined Treatment of Neurotrophin-3 Gene and Neural Stem Cells Is Propitious to Functional Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury

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We present an insight of the effects of combination therapy with neurotrophin-3 and neural stem cell on functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Total RNA was extracted from neural stem cell line C17.2 and reversed transcribed into cDNA. Neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) gene was amplified by PCR and subcloned into plasmid to construct an expression vector pNT-3. A positive clone containing pNT-3, named SHN2, was obtained and used for transplantation. Thirty adult mice received mechanical injury at the T8 vertebra level. Cell survival, NT-3 gene expression, and functional recovery were observed through X-Gal staining, RT-PCR, and open field locomotion, respectively. The results show that NT-3 gene comprising 777 bp nucleotides was cloned and a more than twofold expression was detected when transfected into neural stem cell line C17.2. Quantitative analysis of cellular density revealed a significant increase in SHN2 compared to the control cells (p < 0.01). Thirty days after transplantation, SHN2 showed significant increase near the lesion site. Furthermore, the functional recovery indicated an active effect by detecting Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (BBB) locomotor rating scale (p < 0.01). In conclusion, combined treatment of neural stem cells and NT-3 gene can facilitate functional recovery. It offers an effective approach to treat SCI.

Keywords: Functional recovery; Neural stem cells; Neurotrophis-3; Spinal cord injury; Transplantation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Molecular Neural Biology, School of Life Sciences, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China 2: Laboratory of Molecular Neural Biology, School of Life Sciences, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China, Institute of Systems Biology, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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