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Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Neural Development$
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W. Maxwell Cowan, Thomas M. Jessell, and S. Lawrence Zipursky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195111668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111668.001.0001

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Neuron–glial interactions

Neuron–glial interactions

(p.64) 3 Neuron–glial interactions
Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Neural Development

Barbara A. Barres

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews recent studies that suggest that it is no longer tenable to consider glial cells as passive support cells. These studies have shown that interactions between neurons and glial cells control neurogenesis, myelination, node of Ranvier formation, synapse formation, and maybe even neuronal signaling. It is argued that the development, structure, and function of the brain all depend on an intimate neuron-glia partnership. A full understanding of nearly all neurobiological processes must include consideration of the role of glial cells.

Keywords:   glial cells, neurons, glia, myelination, regeneration, synapse formation, brain development

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