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Glial Cell Development

Edited by Kristjan R. Jessen and William D. Richardson

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9781872748542
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9781872748542.001.0001

Series: The Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Series

Glial Cell Development

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The majority of cells in the nervous system are glial cells. During development, these cells provide growth factors that stimulate the proliferation, migration, and survival of neurons and their precursors, and promote and guide axonal growth. In the mature nervous system, glial cells provide insulating myelin sheath around axons and provide metabolic and structural support for neurons. Glial cells also have a major influence on the local response to injury of central nerve tracts and the peripheral nervous system, either promoting, or inhibiting, axonal regrowth and recovery of lost function. This book provides a comprehensive overview of research into the development, function, and malfunction of glial cells. It offers a compelling insight into how basic research throws light onto diseases and disorders and points the way towards treatments.

Keywords: glial cells; neurons; nervous system; injury; central nerve tracts; axonal regrowth; lost function; treatments

Book.  270 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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