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The Fibular Nerve Injury Method: A Reliable Assay to Identify and Test Factors That Repair Neuromuscular Junctions

DOI :

10.3791/54186-v

August 11th, 2016

August 11th, 2016

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1Carilion Research Institute, Virginia Tech, 2Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Tech, 3Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech

We have developed a nerve injury method to reliably examine muscle reinnervation, and thus regeneration of neuromuscular junctions in mice. This technique involves injuring the common fibular nerve via a simple and highly reproducible surgery. Muscle reinnervation in then assessed by whole-mounting the extensor digitorum longus muscle.

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