Androgenic enhancement of βII-tubulin mRNA in spinal motoneurons following sciatic nerve injury

Todd J. Brown, Paul Storer, Monica Oblinger, Kathryn Jones

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Abstract

Purpose: We have previously demonstrated that systemic administration of testosterone propionate (TP) can accelerate the functional recovery from hind limb paralysis following sciatic nerve injury in the rat. In this study, we looked at the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenomenon. Methods: Castrated adult male rats received a right side sciatic nerve crush at the level of the sciatic notch, with the left side serving as control. Half the animals received a subcutaneous implant of TP, the others were sham implanted. Animals were sacrificed at 1, 3, 7 and 10 days post-operative. Lumbar spinal cord tissue was harvested and in situ hybridization was performed using a cytoskeletal cDNA probe complementary to βII-tubulin. Results: On the injured side, sciatic motoneuron tubulin mRNA levels were increased in all groups at all time points. At 3 and 7 days postop, the TP treated group had significantly higher levels of tubulin mRNA. Conclusions: These results suggest that testosterone enhances the rate of regeneration by increasing the neuronal cytoskeletal response after axonal injury. Further, these results, coupled with the results from previous experiments in other rodent models, suggest a common mechanism for gonadal steroid action on regenerating motoneurons across species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-198
Number of pages8
JournalRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Volume18
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Testosterone Propionate
Motor Neurons
Sciatic Nerve
Tubulin
Messenger RNA
Spinal Cord
Wounds and Injuries
Nerve Crush
Paralysis
In Situ Hybridization
Testosterone
Regeneration
Rodentia
Extremities
Complementary DNA
Steroids

Keywords

  • β-tubulin
  • Androgen
  • Axotomy
  • Motoneuron
  • Sciatic
  • Testosterone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Androgenic enhancement of βII-tubulin mRNA in spinal motoneurons following sciatic nerve injury. / Brown, Todd J.; Storer, Paul; Oblinger, Monica; Jones, Kathryn.

In: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2001, p. 191-198.

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