Axonal elongation into peripheral nervous system "bridges" after central nervous system injury in adult rats

Science. 1981 Nov 20;214(4523):931-3. doi: 10.1126/science.6171034.


The origin, termination, and length of axonal growth after focal central nervous system injury was examined in adult rats by means of a new experimental model. When peripheral nerve segments were used as "bridges" between the medulla and spinal cord, axons from neurons at both these levels grew approximately 30 millimeters. The regenerative potential of these central neurons seems to be expressed when the central nervous system glial environment is changed to that of the peripheral nervous system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Axonal Transport
  • Axons / physiology*
  • Brain Stem / physiology
  • Horseradish Peroxidase
  • Medulla Oblongata / physiology*
  • Nerve Regeneration*
  • Neurons / transplantation
  • Peripheral Nerves / physiology*
  • Rats
  • Spinal Cord / physiology*


  • Horseradish Peroxidase