GDNF released from microspheres enhances nerve regeneration after delayed repair

Matthew D. Wood, Howard Kim, Alex Bilbily, Stephen W.P. Kemp, Christine Lafontaine, Tessa Gordon, Molly S. Shoichet, Gregory H. Borschel

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Introduction: Delays in surgical repair following nerve transection produce progressively inferior motor nerve regeneration. Regeneration can be improved with delivery of exogenous growth factor. We developed a delivery system that could be applied at the nerve repair site to deliver growth factors locally to regenerating nerve. Methods: Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres containing glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) suspended within fibrin were developed into a delivery system for local application surrounding nerve at a repair site in an experimental rat model. Results: The system containing GDNF remained at the injury site for up to 2 weeks and improved motor nerve regeneration following chronic axotomy and denervation. Conclusions: Based on the positive outcome of the delivery system, we plan to study the delivery system over longer time courses of release and nerve regeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-124
Number of pages3
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Chronic axotomy
  • Chronic denervation
  • Common fibular nerve
  • Drug delivery
  • Fibrin
  • Nerve injury


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