Date: 25 Nov 2010

Proteomic Analysis of CNS Injury and Recovery

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Despite the enormous medical and economic consequences of traumatic injury to the central nervous system (CNS), little is known about the proteins involved in the resulting pathology. Major advances in the identification of such proteins have been made in recent years through application of differential proteome analysis. Such an approach has revealed a number of novel proteins as potential regulators of the degenerative and regenerative processes that take place in the mammalian brain and spinal cord after a traumatic insult. Some of these proteins may serve as diagnostic and prognostic markers to assess the severity of tissue damage. Comparative proteome analysis of regeneration-competent vs. regeneration-deficient systems are likely to provide new insights into the cellular signals that could be targeted for therapeutic intervention to increase the repair capacity of the human CNS.