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In vivo MRI of olfactory ensheathing cell grafts and regenerating axons in transplant mediated repair of the adult rat optic nerve
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2012 (English)In: NMR in Biomedicine, ISSN 0952-3480, E-ISSN 1099-1492, Vol. 25, no 4, 620-631 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the present study was to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a tool for monitoring transplant-mediated repair of the adult rat visual pathway. We labelled rat olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) using micron-sized particles of iron oxide (MPIO) and transplanted them by: i) intravitreal injection (ivit) and ii) intra-optic nerve (ON) injection (iON) in adult rats with ON crush (ONC) injury. We applied T2-weighted MRI and manganese-enhanced MRI (MEMRI) to visualise transplanted cells and ON axons at specific times after injury and cell engraftment. Our findings demonstrate that ivit MPIO-labelled OECs are unequivocally detected by T2-weighted MRI in vivo and that the T1-weighted 3D FLASH sequence applied for MEMRI facilitates simultaneous visualisation of Mn2+-enhanced regenerating retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons and MPIO-labelled OEC grafts. Furthermore, analysis of MRI data and ultrastructural findings supports the hypothesis that iON OEC transplants mediate regeneration and remyelination of RGC axons post injury.

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Malden, MA, USA: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. Vol. 25, no 4, 620-631 p.
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MEMRI, MPIO, manganese, contrast agents, CNS injury, CNS regeneration, optic nerve, visual system, electron probe microanalysis
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Biophysics Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54316DOI: 10.1002/nbm.1778ISI: 000302015500016OAI: diva2:523457
Available from: 2012-04-24 Created: 2012-04-24 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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