About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Researchers Identify New Antibody That can Treat Spinal Cord Injury

by Sheela Philomena on September 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Font : A-A+

 Researchers Identify New Antibody That can Treat Spinal Cord Injury

According to a recent research, a novel antibody shows promising results in reversing the damage caused by injury to the spinal cord.

The body produces an inflammatory response after a spinal cord injury that often leads to scarring and permanent nerve damage. There are currently no treatment options.

Advertisement

Research led by Monash University's Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) details how a new antibody, created by the US therapeutic antibody company Lpath, blocks the effects of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA).

A molecule released in response to injury, LPA promotes inflammation and nerve cell death, The American Journal of Pathology reports.

The research team, led by Yona Goldshmit of ARMI and Alice Pebay of CERA, demonstrated that by administering the antibody soon after the injury, it was possible to preserve nerve cells and limit the amount of scarring, while substantially reducing the losses in motor function, according to an ARMI and CERA statement.
Advertisement

"By blocking the effects of LPA, we can help nerve cells survive a traumatic injury and this will hopefully lead to better outcomes for patients in the future," Goldshmit said.

Pebay, head of CERA's Neuroregeneration Unit, said the study offered great hope for a future pharmacological therapy for spinal cord injuries in humans.

"Perhaps this drug will one day be administered in the back of an ambulance, as the patient is being transported to hospital," Pebay said.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge on Lung Transplantation
Baldness can be Cured and Prevented: let us see How!
Drinking Beer or Wine Every Day Could Cause Age-related Diseases
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Athletes Foot Back Pain at Workplace: Prevention and Exercises Spinal Cord Injury Discectomy 

Most Popular on Medindia

Post-Nasal Drip Drug - Food Interactions Drug Side Effects Calculator Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Color Blindness Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Blood Pressure Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Accident and Trauma Care Indian Medical Journals
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use