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Open Access Intracranial Transplant of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells Can Protect Both Upper and Lower Motor Neurons in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal disease that involves the degeneration of cortical and spinal motor neurons. Mutant SOD1G93A rats constitute a good animal model for this pathological condition. We have previously demonstrated that transplantation of neonatal olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) into the dorsal funiculus of the spinal cord of mutant SOD1G93A transgenic rats increases the survival of spinal motor neurons and remyelinates the impaired axons through the pyramidal tract. In the present study, we examine whether intracranial cell implantation could also exert a similar effect on cortical motor neurons and on the lower motor neurons in the spinal cord. We injected OECs from the bulb of 7-day-old GFP green rats into the corona radiata of adult SOD1 mutant rats stereotaxically to observe any changes of the upper motor neurons as well as the lower motor neurons. We found that more motor neurons at both the motor cortices and ventral horns of the spinal cord survived in grafted ALS rats than in control rats. Prolonged survival and behavioral tests including a screen test, hind limb extension, rotarod, and gait control showed that the treated animals were better than the control group. This manuscript is published as part of the International Association of Neurorestoratology (IANR) supplement issue of Cell Transplantation.

Keywords: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Behavior; Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1 mutant (SOD1G93A); Motor neurons; Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs)

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2013-12-17

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  • Cell Transplantation publishes original, peer-reviewed research and review articles on the subject of cell transplantation and its application to human diseases. To ensure high-quality contributions from all areas of transplantation, separate section editors and editorial boards have been established. Articles deal with a wide range of topics including physiological, medical, preclinical, tissue engineering, and device-oriented aspects of transplantation of nervous system, endocrine, growth factor-secreting, bone marrow, epithelial, endothelial, and genetically engineered cells, among others. Basic clinical studies and immunological research papers are also featured. To provide complete coverage of this revolutionary field, Cell Transplantation will report on relevant technological advances, and ethical and regulatory considerations of cell transplants. Cell Transplantation is now an Open Access journal starting with volume 18 in 2009, and therefore there will be an inexpensive publication charge, which is dependent on the number of pages, in addition to the charge for color figures. This will allow work to be disseminated to a wider audience and also entitle the corresponding author to a free PDF, as well as prepublication of an unedited version of the manuscript.
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