Neuron–glial interactions

Barbara A. Barres

in Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Neural Development

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195111668
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865833 | DOI:
 Neuron–glial interactions

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This chapter reviews recent studies that suggest that it is no longer tenable to consider glial cells as passive support cells. These studies have shown that interactions between neurons and glial cells control neurogenesis, myelination, node of Ranvier formation, synapse formation, and maybe even neuronal signaling. It is argued that the development, structure, and function of the brain all depend on an intimate neuron-glia partnership. A full understanding of nearly all neurobiological processes must include consideration of the role of glial cells.

Keywords: glial cells; neurons; glia; myelination; regeneration; synapse formation; brain development

Chapter.  21223 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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