Here's an article on nerve regeneration after a spinal cord injury that looks quite interesting!
Fish, unlike humans, can regenerate nerve connections and recover normal mobility following an injury to their spinal cord. Now, University of Missouri researchers have discovered how the sea lamprey, an eel-like fish, regrows the neurons that comprise the long nerve "highways" that link the brain to the spinal cord. Findings may guide future efforts to promote recovery in humans who have suffered spinal cord injuries. "There is a lot of attention to why, following a spinal cord injury, neurons regenerate in lower vertebrates, such as the sea lamprey, and why they don't in higher vertebrates, such as humans," said Andrew McClellan, professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Science and director of the MU Spinal Cord Injury Program.
There looks to be an update on this research and it is still looking interesting..
Remarkably, lampreys recover locomotor function (e.g. swimming) within 12 weeks after a complete spinal cord transection, which is supported by repair of the spinal lesion, axon regeneration, and synapse formation16,17,18,19,20 (Video S1). To better understand the molecular pathways supporting successful functional recovery, we used RNA-Seq to determine transcriptional profiles in spinal cord of lampreys after SCI. Because many of the regenerating descending axons extend from cell bodies located in the brain, we also profiled the supraspinal transcriptional responses in order to determine their contributions to the recovery process. We identified complex transcriptional responses in both spinal cord and brain throughout the 12 weeks after injury, including a number of expression changes mapping to the Wnt pathway, and used pharmacological blockade of Wnt signaling to demonstrate its critical importance in functional recovery
You can find a full, detailed report, here and it really is very interesting. Source
The report was very interesting, Lara. Thank you for posting it. I noticed the mention of RNA (ribonucleic acid) throughout the report. There is an RNA supplement made by Standard Process. I can’t afford it, but I would be buying it if I could afford it. However, I don’t like the calcium sterate that they add to the product. www.standardprocess.com/Products/Standard-Process/Ribonucleic-Acid-%28RNA%29#.WsrAV8pOmf0 Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Gluten Free Vegetarian Introduced in 1952 Product # Content Price 7225 90 Tablets $23.00 7230 180 Tablets $43.00
Since I can’t afford the expensive supplement, I eat sardines. My chiropractor told me about the RNA in sardines decades ago. And just now, I found this: “But after some investigation, he found out that canned sardines were the highest-known food in RNA.” www.integratedhealthblog.com/high-rna-rejuvenate-superfood/