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How a reaction-diffusion signal can control spinal cord regeneration in axolotls: A modelling study

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Abstract Axolotls are uniquely able to completely regenerate the spinal cord after amputation. The underlying governing mechanisms of this regenerative response have not yet been fully elucidated. We previously found that spinal cord regeneration is mainly driven by cell cycle acceleration of ependymal cells, recruited by a hypothetical signal propagating from the injury. However, the nature of the signal and its propagation remain unknown. In this theoretical study, we investigated whether the regeneration-inducing signal can follow a reaction-diffusion process. We developed a computational model, validated it with experimental data and showed that the signal dynamics can be understood in terms of reaction-diffusion mechanism. By developing a theory of the regenerating outgrowth in the limit of fast reaction-diffusion, we demonstrate that control of regenerative response solely relies on cell-to-signal sensitivity and the signal reaction-diffusion characteristic length. This study lays foundations for further identification of the signal controlling regeneration of the spinal cord.

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hal-04438506 , version 1 (05-02-2024)

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Valeria Caliaro, Diane Peurichard, Osvaldo Chara. How a reaction-diffusion signal can control spinal cord regeneration in axolotls: A modelling study. 2024. ⟨hal-04438506⟩
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