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Special Issue "Comprehensive Insights into Molecular Mechanisms and Pathophysiology of Spinal Cord Injury"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 974

Special Issue Editor

Swiss Paraplegic Research, 6207 Nottwil, Switzerland
Interests: spinal cord injury; biology of aging; molecular and cell biology; biobanking; immunity and infection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the molecular mechanisms and pathophysiology of spinal cord injury (SCI) using both traditional and omics approaches. SCI is a devastating condition affecting millions of individuals worldwide; therefore, understanding its underlying molecular mechanisms is crucial for the development of effective therapies.

The scope of this Special Issue includes original research articles, reviews, and perspectives that cover topics such as the identification of biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis, the characterization of molecular pathways involved in SCI pathophysiology, and the development of novel therapeutics based on these molecular changes. Additionally, this Issue explores the challenges and opportunities associated with combining traditional and omics approaches in the study of SCI, including data integration, standardization, and analysis.

This Special Issue aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and experts to provide a comprehensive perspective on the latest research on SCI, from traditional techniques to omics approaches. We believe that the contributions to this Special Issue will shed light on the potential for these technologies to lead to new diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic strategies for this debilitating condition. We invite researchers from diverse backgrounds to contribute to this Issue to enhance our understanding of SCI and its underlying molecular mechanisms.

Prof. Dr. Jivko V. Stoyanov
Guest Editor

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  • spinal cord injury
  • pathophysiology
  • molecular mechanisms
  • omics approaches
  • genomics
  • proteomics
  • metabolomics

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Assessing the Feasibility of a Multimodal Approach to Pain Evaluation in Early Stages after Spinal Cord Injury
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(13), 11122; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms241311122 - 05 Jul 2023
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This research evaluates the feasibility of a multimodal pain assessment protocol during rehabilitation following spinal cord injury (SCI). The protocol amalgamates clinical workup (CW), quantitative sensory testing (QST), and psychosocial factors (PSF) administered at 4 (T1), 12 (T2), and 24 (T3) weeks post [...] Read more.
This research evaluates the feasibility of a multimodal pain assessment protocol during rehabilitation following spinal cord injury (SCI). The protocol amalgamates clinical workup (CW), quantitative sensory testing (QST), and psychosocial factors (PSF) administered at 4 (T1), 12 (T2), and 24 (T3) weeks post injury and at discharge (T4). Molecular blood biomarkers (BB) were evaluated via gene expression and proteomic assays at T1 and T4. Different pain trajectories and temporal changes were identified using QST, with inflammation and pain-related biomarkers recorded. Higher concentrations of osteopontin and cystatin-C were found in SCI patients compared to healthy controls, indicating their potential as biomarkers. We observed altered inflammatory responses and a slight increase in ICAM-1 and CCL3 were noted, pointing towards changes in cellular adhesion linked with spinal injury and a possible connection with neuropathic pain. Despite a small patient sample hindering the correlation of feasibility data, descriptive statistical analyses were conducted on stress, depression, anxiety, quality of life, and pain interferences. The SCI Pain Instrument (SCIPI) was efficient in distinguishing between nociceptive and neuropathic pain, showing a progressive increase in severity over time. The findings emphasize the need for the careful consideration of recruitment setting and protocol adjustments to enhance the feasibility of multimodal pain evaluation studies post SCI. They also shed light on potential early adaptive mechanisms in SCI pathophysiology, warranting the further exploration of prognostic and preventive strategies for chronic pain in the SCI population. Full article
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