About the Authors

Ilya Ayzenberg

Contributed equally to this work with: Ilya Ayzenberg, Sibylle Schlevogt

Affiliation Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Sibylle Schlevogt

Contributed equally to this work with: Ilya Ayzenberg, Sibylle Schlevogt

Affiliation Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Judith Metzdorf

Affiliation Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Sarah Stahlke

Affiliation Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Xiomara Pedreitturia

Affiliation Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Anika Hunfeld

Affiliation Department of Animal Physiology, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Sebastien Couillard-Despres

Affiliations Institute of Experimental Neuroregeneration, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria, Spinal Cord Injury and Tissue Regeneration Center Salzburg (SCI-TReCS), Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria

Ingo Kleiter

ingo.kleiter@rub.de

Affiliation Department of Neurology, St. Josef-Hospital, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Competing Interests

IK has received honoraria for consultancy/speaking and travel reimbursement from Bayer Health Care, Biogen Idec, Chugai, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals and has received research grants from Bayer Health Care, Biogen Idec, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. The other authors declare that they have no competing interests. This does not alter the authors' adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: IA S. Schlevogt SCD IK. Performed the experiments: IA S. Schlevogt JM S. Stahlke XP AH. Analyzed the data: IA S. Schlevogt JM IK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: IA S. Schlevogt JM XP AH. Wrote the paper: IA SCD IK.