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Bone marrow stem cells in facial nerve regeneration from isolated stumps *

Severe lesions in the facial nerve may have extensive axonal loss and leave isolated stumps that impose technical difficulties for nerve grafting. Methods: We evaluated bone marrow stem cells (BMSC) in a silicone conduit for rat facial nerve regeneration from isolated stumps. Group A utilized empty silicone tubes; in groups B–D, the tube was filled with acellular gel; and, in groups C and D, undifferentiated BMSC (uBMSC) or Schwann-like cells differentiated from BMSC (dBMSC) were added, respectively. Compound muscle action potentials (CMAPs) were measured, and histology was evaluated. Results: Groups C and D had the highest CMAP amplitudes. Group C had shorter CMAP durations than groups A, B, and D. Distal axonal number and density were increased in group C compared with groups A and B. Conclusions: Regeneration of the facial nerve was improved by both uBMSC and dBMSC in rats, yet uBMSC was associated with superior functional results.

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Published on 11-03-2017
Authors: Raquel Salomone MD, Ricardo F. Bento MD, PhD, Heloisa J.Z.R. Costa MD, PhD, Deborah Azzi-Nogueira, Patrícia C. Ovando, Ciro F. Da-Silva MD, PhD, Daniela B. Zanatta PhD, Bryan E. Strauss PhD, Luciana A. Haddad MD, PhD