Adult neurons can grow with the help of a group of proteins
Scientists identify a new group of proteins responsible for regenerating damaged nerve cells.
Cofilin/ADF family of proteins drive growth and regeneration of both young and adult neurons.
Dissolve actin that gives the stability to the neuron, so that the neuron can grow again.
Targeting actin could be an option in future regenerative therapies.
May be possible to regenerate damaged spinal cords using this as a therapy in the future.
Research by University of Bonn, published in the journal Neuron.