Traumatic brain injuries can result in serious, lifelong disabilities that affect both a patient’s physical and mental health. Because of their severe symptoms, TBIs have become a worldwide concern. In fact, it is predicted that TBIs will become the third leading cause of disabilities and death by the year 2020. Recent research has tried to find effective treatments for traumatic brain injuries, but there is still a lot unknown about the human brain.
However, a 2017 Chinese study, conducted by Lu H., Jiang R., and Tao X., has discovered a possible treatment for TBIs that focuses on cell regeneration. Here’s what you need to know:
The Basis for the Study
Traumatic brain injuries can cause mental, emotional, and psychological impairments due to neuron death and structural brain damage. However, it is thought that neurogenesis may help in the recovery process. Neurogenesis is the development and growth of new cells in the brain after an injury.
The recent Chinese study examined a particular protein thought to help increase neurogenesis. This protein is called Dixdc1. By running a number of tests on animal models, the researchers studied the effect of Dixdc1 on the rate of neurogenesis after a TBI.
The Results of the Study
The study found an interesting correlation between the protein Dixdc1 and neurogenesis. The presence of Dixdc1 caused the increase of another protein, known as Ki-67. This protein encourages cell regeneration.
Furthermore, Dixdec1 increased neurogenesis of astrocyte cells, which migrate to the wound cite and repair neurological damage. This process could help TBI patients recovery more quickly and completely. However, the study revealed that, when other compounds interfered with Dixdc1, the presence of astrocyte cells decreased, and there was an overall lower production of astrocyte cells than when Dixdc1 was able to act unhindered.
What This Could Mean for TBI Victims
Cell regeneration is essential in the recovery process from a traumatic brain injury. The use of the amino acid Dixdc1 could help promote neurogenesis in the brain after a TBI, thus helping victims to heal faster. Astrocyte cells can repair the wounds in the brain, and Dixdc1 increases the amount of astrocyte cells present in the brain after a TBI. Thus, the use of Dixdc1 could be a potential treatment for patients suffering from a TBI. Future research is needed to provide conclusive evidence to show the exact role that Dixdc1 plays in the post-TBI neurogenesis process.
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