The study, conducted by a team of American scientists from the University of Rochester in New York, suggest the ability of food dye known as Brilliant Blue G, protected from the death of nerve cells in the spinal cord, surrounding the place of damage, as well as to improve the processes of recovery of motorfunctions disturbed due to a spinal injury.The authors reported that its medicinal properties dye convincingly demonstrated in a series of experiments conducted on rats.
Some time ago, the New York researchers found that in the case of spinal injuries dead nerve cells secrete into the surrounding tissue of the spinal cord significant amount of so-called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is a special substance that provides cells with energy.Unfortunately, high concentrations of "fuel" cause excessive stimulation of the surrounding neurons that eventually leads to the death of nerve cells and an increase in the damaged area of the spinal cord.
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reports on the pages an Internet resource medportal.ru, US researchers have tried to replace the oxidized ATP Brilliant Blue G, which also has the ability to block the activity of ATP.To test this unusual action of food coloring, he administered to rats with spinal cord injuries intravenously within the first fifteen minutes after the injury.
results further observations have shown that the injection of brilliant blue G to greatly reduce the size of the brain and spinal cord injured rats were allowed to heal after injury again to move, albeit with difficulty.But as rodents in the control group, they are all, without exception, have not been able to restore motor functions, remains paralyzed.
The authors point out that the introduction of food coloring also led to intense staining of the skin of experimental animals, which, however, turned out to be temporary and, besides, the only side effect of the use of brilliant blue.In the event that the planned scientists tested the efficacy and safety of the dye on volunteers are successful, the substance can be recommended for use in providing emergency assistance to people with spinal cord injuries.