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The role of glia in the development of the insect nervous system

Vanessa J. Auld

in Glial Cell Development

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9781872748542
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9781872748542.003.0013

Series: The Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Series

The role of glia in the development of the insect nervous system

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The glial cells of insects have been investigated since the days of Ramón y Cajal. Consequently there is a wealth of information about a range of insects and the different classes of their glia. This chapter focuses on discoveries made in the last few years, as the advent of new molecular markers specific for glia has led to dramatic advances in the characterization and analysis of glia in insects. The combination of these new markers with molecular genetics has provided an avenue to address the roles glia play in nervous system development. The chapter describes the functions of glia during development of the insect nervous system, with an emphasis on the many subtypes of nerve-tract-associated glia.

Keywords: glial cells; insects; nervous system development

Chapter.  9779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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