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Janis siegel Jtnw columiMillions who suer rom
nerve damage and even paral-
ysis may soon be able to take
a heretoore impossible giant
leap orward aer the results
o two successul el AvivUniversity studies one
using a gel inside a biode-
gradable nerve wall implant,
and the second that injected
a newly discovered protein
compound in animal sub-
jects that provided substantial
While medical discov-
eries bring us ever closer to regenerat-
ing organs such as the liver and even the
heart muscle, the nervous system, whose
damage leaves many people with perma-
nent pain, loss o movement, and paraly-
sis, remains uncured.
Earlier this year, a team headed by
Pro. Zvi Nevo and Dr. Shimon Rochkind
rom el Aviv University created the gel-
implant therapy that regenerated periph-
Although the doctors say that the pro-
cedure is still a ew years away rom use in
a clinical setting, the gel, called Guiding
Regeneration Gel, promotes nerve growth
and was also ound to potentially restore
unction to a damaged or torn nerve, with
or without the use o the bio-
Te gel by itsel can be
used as a stand-alone prod-
uct, acting as an aid to cell
therapy, said Rochkind in aAU interview. GRG is not
only able to preserve cells,
it can support their survival
while being used or therapy
Every day, our bodies use
a vast nerve network set in
motion by electrical signals
within our body. Peripheral
nerves transmit signals rom the spinal
cord out to the rest o the body and they
also reverse the process, transmitting
external signals back to the spinal cord.
A damaged nerve cannot communi-
cate with the rest o the nervous system
or transmit signals back and orth as its
designed to, which impacts a persons abil-
ity to move and eel.
Te key to the gel-implant healing pro-
cess, said Rochkind, is that the implant,
which is tube-like, creates a bridge that
encourages the torn cell ends to connect.
Te gel is derived rom antioxidants,
synthetic brous protein peptides, and
hyaluronic acid to prevent drying. Te
tube was a major actor in the restoration
process, said Rockind, even in cases with
massive nerve damage.
When grown in the gel, cells show
excellent development as well as intensive
ber growth, he said. Tis could have
implications or the treatment o diseasessuch as Parkinsons, or which research-
ers are actively exploring cell therapy as a
Another 2013 study at AU by Pro.
Illana Gozes, a recent recipient o the
Meitner-Humboldt Research Award or
her lielong contribution to brain sciences,
shows great promise but is urther away
rom an applied clinical use.
Gozes, the director o AUs Adams
Super Center or Brain Studies, who holds
the Lily and Avraham Gildor chair or the
investigation o growth actors, with her
research team developed davunetide, or
NAP, a peptide compound that heals
microscopic tube-like units ound inside
brain cells called microtubule networks.
Te compounds ultimately transmit
important proteins that allow the cells to
communicate. Tis is the kind o commu-
nication that ails in diseases like Parkin-
sons and Alzheimers.
Te experiment, using two groups o
animal subjects, ound that one injection
o NAP could preserve and revive dam-
aged microtubule networks.
Both the mouse group that was gene
ically produced to have the nerve ce
damage and the group in which it w
induced by the use o an injected su
stance showed retarded cell damage
restored nerve cell unction.In both control groups o mice that d
not receive the NAP, each continued
experience nerve cell decline.
Te study was published in the journ
Neurobiology o Disease.
Gozes said that uture research mig
discover which patients would benet th
most rom the therapy by developing
better clinical application.
Earlier research with NAP indicat
that patients with low cognitive unctio
scores, which are usually an indication
a developing case o Alzheimers diseas
improved with the use o NAP.
In addition, earlier studies were show
to improve the damaged microtubule ne
works o patients diagnosed with schiz
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