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Glial Cell Development: basic principles and clinical relevance

Kristjan R. Jessen and William D. Richardson


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. ... More

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

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Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9781872748542
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9781872748542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristjan R. Jessen, editor
University College London

William D. Richardson, editor
University College London

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