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Microglial Cells

Wolfgang J. Streit

in Neuroglia

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Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152227
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199865024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152227.003.0005
                      Microglial Cells

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This chapter focuses on microglial cells. Microglial cell numbers are thought to make up 5% to 20% of the entire central nervous system (CNS) glial cell population. As a conservative estimate, assuming that microglia represent 10% of the total glial cell pool and knowing that there are at least 10 times as many glial cells as there are neurons in the CNS, it is apparent that there are at least as many microglia as there are neurons. The origin and lineage of microglia, methods for staining microglia, microglia and related cell types, and microglia in the normal adult and aging brain are discussed.

Keywords: microglial cell; central nervous system; microglia; staining; adult brain

Chapter.  8694 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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