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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010 Jun;1199:86-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.05360.x.

Physiological low dose of estrogen-protected neurons in experimental spinal cord injury.

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  • 1Division of Neurology, Department of Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina 29425, USA.


A protective role for estrogen against neurodegeneration and neurotrauma has received enormous attention in recent years, unraveling multiple facets and thus establishing this steroid as a multiactive neuroprotectant. The present study briefly reports our findings on the neuroprotective efficacy of physiologically relevant low doses of estrogen in experimental spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats. The current finding further corroborates our earlier results on efficacy of pharmacological/supraphysiological levels of estrogen in SCI and adds to the significance of conducting preclinical studies on estrogen efficacy in SCI.

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