In Brief New research suggests that nerve cells may be able to repair themselves by mobilizing mitochondria by removing a certain protein in cells. A typical animal cell contains 1000 to 2000 mitochondria. Scientists have found out that nerve cell regeneration is possible.
Researchers from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the US restored mitochondrial mobility in a group of mice and observed regeneration of nerve cells.
Mitochondria are mobile in young cells and as a cell matures, the movement is restricted by a protein called syntaphilin.
The scientists behind the study said that the findings are crucial to figuring out how to regenerate nerve cells in human bodies provided that the same results will be achieved in clinical tests.
Scientists are already looking for ways to restore damaged nerve cells to health including injection of healthy neurons into the brain.