A tribute to dr. David Kline: A new approach to an old peripheral nerve problem-splicing instead of regenerating disrupted axons

Wesley Chang, David Sretevan, Michel Kliot*

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Our goal is to develop a novel method to repair damaged axons. This method relies on acutely restoring axonal continuity rather than the traditional approach of promoting axonal regeneration. METHODS: Micro- and nanoechnological methods, in combination with focal application of electrical fields, are applied to individual and groups of axons both in vitro and in vivo. RESULTS: Application of these techniques has permitted micromanipulation of axons at the cellular level and fusion of axonal membranes. CONCLUSION: Although a great deal more work is necessary, our findings suggest that it may one day be possible to repair acutely disrupted axons by splicing their membranes back together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A52-A54
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume65
Issue numberSUPPL. 4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Acute repair of axons
  • Axons
  • Fusion
  • Nanotechnology
  • Repair
  • Splicing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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