Traumatic brain injury due to road traffic accidents, sport injuries, falls, or military casualties, is a major and growing cause of disability and death worldwide. 

TBI induces an immediate mechanical damage followed by detrimental chain of secondary side-effects promoting neurodegeneration. There is no treatment providing both short-term neuroprotective action or long-term neurorestorative therapy. An international collaboration (NeuroTMULille international laboratory) between Taipei Medical University (Ouada Nebie, Thierry Burnouf) and Lille Neuroscience & Cognition (David Blum, David Devos, Luc Buée) just published in the journal “Brain” that the complex pathological consequences of TBI can be alleviated by the delivery of a Human Platelet Lysate (HPL) specifically formulated for brain administration.

The published work demonstrated that HPL improved motor function, mitigated neuroinflammation and oxidative stress in the injured cortical area and reduced synaptic alterations in two mouse models of TBI. “This platelet biotherapy would represent a treatment addressing the multiple physio-pathological causes of TBI and avoid progression towards neurodegenerative processes” David Blum commented on the findings.

HPL are composed of a balanced composition of protective neurotrophic factors with the capacity to activate multiple biological protective pathways and represent a novel therapeutic approach in regenerative medicine. They are prepared from platelet concentrates collected by whole blood donations or apheresis procedures from healthy donors. Platelet concentrates, the source of the human platelet lysates, are essential medicine according to the WHO, and are available worldwide, meeting stringent quality and safety criteria in many countries. “Our results suggest the importance of a careful formulation of human platelet lysates to ensure optimal safety and efficacy for brain administration. The potential, yet to be confirmed in humans, to deliver this product by the intranasal route opens extremely exciting prospects in the treatment of neurological diseases. Our results suggest the importance of a careful formulation of human platelet lysates to ensure optimal safety and efficacy for brain administration. It is now vital to move into further pre-clinical assessment and carefully controlled and monitored clinical studies” commented Thierry Burnouf.


Human platelet lysate biotherapy for traumatic brain injury: preclinical assessment.

Nebie O, Carvalho K, Barro L, Delila L, Faivre E, Renn TY, Chou ML, Wu YW, Niem-Redene A, Chou SY, Buée L, Hu CJ, Peng CW, Devos D, Blum D, Burnouf T. Brain. 2021 Jun 4:awab205. doi: 10.1093/brain/awab205.

Taipei Medical University

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Lille University

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NeuroTMULille is a joint neuroscience laboratory established by Taipei Medical University and the University of Lille in 2019. Through NeuroTMULille, the two institutions are currently moving forward to introduce a seed fund mechanism and identify collaborative research teams from both sides. Bilateral exchange of researchers and students, as well as dual degree programs are continuously being implemented to further strengthen the international research collaborations between the two institutions.

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