Special Issue "Molecular Mechanisms of Brain Repair and Restoration after Stroke"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2021.
Despite the results achieved by available reperfusion therapies, the outcomes after a stroke often remain poor. It has been observed that the restoration of pre-injury connections or the recruitment of new ones can encourage spontaneous functional recovery in days, weeks, or months. Neuroplasticity, as an intrinsic property of the brain in response to external and internal injuries and that allows functional and structural reorganization, is key to regeneration after injury. However, spontaneous recovery after a stroke is generally incomplete and depends on the ability of the brain to reestablish the structural and functional organization of neurovascular networks. It has been observed that not only are neurons actively involved in this process, but so are astrocytes, microglia, and cerebrovascular cells/cerebral vessels. Post-stroke neuroangiogenesis properties, such as inflammation, have been recognized as a compensatory mechanism to repair the damage caused by a stroke.
This Special Issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences aims to provide news regarding the mechanisms of brain restoration after a stroke. A better knowledge of brain repair mechanisms is essential to enhance said mechanisms and to improve the functional outcome of a patient after a stroke. Moreover, neuroplasticity could be maladaptive when resulting in negative effects such as loss of function. The information on the neurobiology of brain restoration may help to develop new therapies that enhance brain recovery after a stroke and that reduce maladaptive effects. Submissions highlighting each of these topics are welcome.
Dr. Valentina Arnao
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- Brain repair
- Rehabilitation after stroke