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Arachidonic acid derivatives and their role in peripheral nerve degeneration and regeneration.

TheScientificWorldJournal (2012-09-22)
Carlos Rodrigo Camara-Lemarroy, Emmanuel Irineo Gonzalez-Moreno, Francisco Javier Guzman-de la Garza, Nancy Esthela Fernandez-Garza
ABSTRACT

After peripheral nerve injury, a process of axonal degradation, debris clearance, and subsequent regeneration is initiated by complex local signaling, called Wallerian degeneration (WD). This process is in part mediated by neuroglia as well as infiltrating inflammatory cells and regulated by inflammatory mediators such as cytokines, chemokines, and the activation of transcription factors also related to the inflammatory response. Part of this neuroimmune signaling is mediated by the innate immune system, including arachidonic acid (AA) derivatives such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes. The enzymes responsible for their production, cyclooxygenases and lipooxygenases, also participate in nerve degeneration and regeneration. The interactions between signals for nerve regeneration and neuroinflammation go all the way down to the molecular level. In this paper, we discuss the role that AA derivatives might play during WD and nerve regeneration, and the therapeutic possibilities that arise.

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Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
Arachidonic acid, >95.0% (GC)
Sigma-Aldrich
Arachidonic acid, from non-animal source, ≥98.5% (GC)