Promising Gene Discovery Has Potential To Limit Brain Damage Among Newborn Babies

“In addition, we found that the mice in the control group produced new cells that could help repopulate the injured areas of their brain,” explained Emily Rylund Glesaaen and Lauritz Kennedy, two research fellows on the study.

“In contrast, the mice without HCAR1 showed little regeneration of cells.”

In turn, the researchers believe that the current HIE protocol should be altered to include the targeting of HCAR1 genes.

Right now, the current treatment procedure for newborns with HIE is to cool them down. But Johanne Egge Rinholm, one of the study’s lead authors, described how this method does not always prevent adverse effects.

“Many of these babies continue to suffer from long-term brain damage. So, new drugs are needed that can protect the brain and help to generate new brain cells,” Egge Rinholm said.

Still, HCAR1’s viability as an HIE treatment option will need further research and trials on humans before it can be introduced as a mainstream medical practice.

To read the study’s complete findings, visit the link here.

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