Spinal cord injury (SCI) results into an immediate primary injury (physical damages) followed by secondary damages (prolonged posttraumatic inflammatory disorder) resulting into severe motor dysfunction including paralysis. The present chapter discusses and investigates the neuroprotective effects of cyclosporin-A (CsA), minocycline, and tacrolimus (FK506) and their therapeutic effectiveness in recovery from the animal model of SCI. Based on the available recent literature on these three drugs, as well as in perspective of the results obtained on some experimental behavioral, biochemical, and oxidative stress parameters in the present study, the therapeutical potential of these three drugs has been discussed. Furthermore, the animal model of SCI used herein has been reviewed and compared with other reported animal models for understanding the utility, suitability, and reproducibility of the methodology of the present model for screening purposes in quest of searching ideal therapeutic compounds for maximum recovery from SCI.
Part of the book: Spinal Cord Injury Therapy