Electro-acupuncture promotes survival, differentiation of the bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells as well as functional recovery in the spinal cord-transected rats
Ying Ding , Qing Yan , Jing-Wen Ruan , Yan-Qing Zhang , Wen-Jie Li , Yu-Jiao Zhang , Yan Li , Hongxin Dong and Yuan-Shan Zeng

BMC Neuroscience 2009, 10:35doi:10.1186/1471-2202-10-35

Published: 20 April 2009


Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are one of the potential tools for treatment of the spinal cord injury; however, the survival and differentiation of MSCs in an injured spinal cord still need to be improved. In the present study, we investigated whether Governor Vessel electro-acupuncture (EA) could efficiently promote bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) survival and differentiation, axonal regeneration and finally, functional recovery in the transected spinal cord.