Basic fibroblast growth factor improves physiological, anatomical, and functional outcome from bilateral lesions to motor cortex at postnatal day 10 in the rat
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, 2005
Basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) is a trophic molecule involved in a number of functions within the central nervous system (CNS), including a prominent role in the regulation of CNS responses to injury. Prior studies suggest that rats recover differently from injury inflicted to different regions and at different ages throughout development, and that FGF-2 might underlie this phenomenon. This thesis examined whether the functional and structural outcome following bilateral injury to the motor cortex inflicted at postnatal day (P10) could be ameliorated by exogenous administration of a growth factor (FGF-2). Four complimentary studies were conducted that each assessed the role of FGF-2 in mediating recovery from bilateral motor cortex injury inflicted at P10. We found that FGF-2 improves physiological, anatomical, and functional outcome from bilateral lesions to motor cortex at P10.
xiii, 171 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Fibroblast growth factors , Brain -- Wounds and injuries , Rats as laboratory animals , Physiology, Experimental , Dissertations, Academic