Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

, Volume 29, Issue 5, pp 683–689 | Cite as

Combination of Dexamethasone and Aminoguanidine Reduces Secondary Damage in Compression Spinal Cord Injury

  • Wei-bing Xu
  • Gang Lv
  • Yan-feng Wang
  • Xu-hua Lu
  • Tao Huang
  • Yue Zhu
  • Lian-shun Jia
Original Paper


The study was performed to investigate the effect of combination therapy with aminoguanidine (AG) and dexamethasone (DEX) on the compression spinal cord injury (SCI) in rat. Compared to the control group, the combination therapy group with AG (75 mg/kg) and DEX (0.025 mg/kg) significantly reduced the degree of (1) spinal cord edema, (2) the permeability of blood spinal cord barrier (measured by 99mTc-Albumin), (3) infiltration of neutrophils (MPO evaluation), (4) cytokines expression (tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-1β), and (5) apoptosis (measured by Bax and Bcl-2 expression). In addition, we have also clearly demonstrated that the combination therapy significantly ameliorated the recovery of limb function (evaluated by motor recovery score). Taken together, our results clearly indicated for the first time that strategies targeting multiple proinflammatory pathways may be more effective than a single effector molecule for the treatment of SCI.


Aminoguanidine Spinal cord injury Dexamethasone 



This work was supported by Special fund for scientific research of postdoctoral subjects in China, No. 20060400292, Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province in China, No. 20082207 and Special fund for scientific research of doctoral subjects in Liaoning Province in China, No. 20081052.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei-bing Xu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Gang Lv
    • 2
  • Yan-feng Wang
    • 2
  • Xu-hua Lu
    • 3
  • Tao Huang
    • 2
  • Yue Zhu
    • 2
  • Lian-shun Jia
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsDalian Municipal Central HospitalDa LianPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedics, The First Affiliated HospitalChina Medical UniversityShen yangPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of OrthopaedicsShanghai Changzheng Orthopaedic HospitalShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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