Study shows new role of zinc in optic nerve injury

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Study shows new role of zinc in optic nerve injury

For more than two decades, researchers have tried to regenerate the injured optic nerve using different growth factors and/or agents that overcome natural growth inhibition. But at best, these approaches get only about 1 percent of the injured nerve fibers to regenerate and reconnect to the brain; most of the cells eventually die. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital now show that a completely new approach — chelating zinc that is released as a result of the injury — gets cells to live longer, perhaps indefinitely, with dramatic levels of axon regeneration in a mouse model.


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