SDRP Journal of Biomedical Engineering

Molecular Assessment of Neuroregenerative Response in the Pudendal Nerve: A Useful Tool in Regenerative Urology

Co-Authors

Bradley C Gill, Dan Li Lin, Brian M Balog, Charuspong Dissaranan, Hai-Hong Jiang, Margot S Damaser

Citation

Bradley Gill, MD, MS, Molecular Assessment of Neuroregenerative Response in the Pudendal Nerve: A Useful Tool in Regenerative Urology(2016)SDRP Journal Of Biomedical Engineering 1(1)

Abstract

Aims: Assessing pudendal nerve neuroregenerative response provides valuable insight into injuries and regenerative treatments related to urinary incontinence. This project developed and validated a cost-effective, expedient, and adoptable method of assessing pudendal nerve neuroregenerative response.
Methods: Sprague Dawley rats underwent unilateral pudendal nerve crush prior to spinal cord harvest and laser microdissection for separate collection of the injured and uninjured Onuf’s nuclei (pudendal motor neuron cell bodies). Commercially available kits were used to extract and isolate RNA, as well as reverse transcribe and amplify cDNA from cells. Utilizing standard quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR), expression of ?II-Tubulin, a cytoskeletal protein indicative of nerve growth and neuroregenerative response, was determined in the injured side relative to the uninjured side 1 week after injury.
Results: Injury upregulated ?II-Tubulin 2.36+0.46 times via Q-PCR, which was not significantly (p=0.508) different from the 2.49+0.38 times increase noted with in-situ hybridization previously. Starting with tissue collection, results are available within 1 day using PCR, while in-situ hybridization requires 4-weeks.
Conclusions: An easily adoptable PCR-based method of assessing the neuroregenerative response of the pudendal nerve successfully reproduced results obtained with a previous radioisotope-based in-situ hybridization technique.

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