J. Neurosci. Res. volume 87, issue 1, P150-163 2009 DOI: 10.1002/jnr.21832 View full text
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Jong Yoon Yoo, You Jin Won, Jong Hwan Lee, Jong Uk Kim, In Young Sung, Seung Jun Hwang, Mi Jung Kim, Hea Nam Hong

Abstract: Although the neuroprotective effects of erythropoietin (EPO) preconditioning are well known, the potential of postapplied EPO to protect neurons against excitotoxic injury has not been clearly established. Here we show that kainate (KA)-induced excitotoxicity, which plays a key role in secondary spinal cord injury, decreased neuron survival, inhibited neurite extension, and significantly reduced the expression of erythropoietin receptors (EpoR) in cultured spinal neurons. Posttreatment with EPO for 48 hr prote…

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