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The Axon: Structure, Function and Pathophysiology

Stephen G. Waxman, Jeffery D. Kocsis, and Peter K. Stys

Abstract

The axon, which is interposed between the cell body and the synaptic terminals in most neurons, plays a crucial role in connecting neurons and acting as a conduit for the transmission of information between them. Axons have always been a favorite site for investigation in neuroscience. Axonology has moved ahead rapidly more recently. Molecular biology has provided new tools for studying the molecules that make up the axon and their associated glial cells. Increasingly powerful physiological techniques, together with immunocytochemical and immuno-ultrastructural methods, have facilitated a mole ... More

Keywords: cell body, synaptic terminals, neurons, glial cells, calcium, axonal function, diseased axons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195082937
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195082937.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen G. Waxman, editor
Yale University

Jeffery D. Kocsis, editor
Yale University

Peter K. Stys, editor
University of Ottawa

Contents

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I Introduction

II The Normal Axon

III Principles of Axonal Pathophysiology

End Matter