Chemical Factors in Neural Growth, Degeneration and Repair by C. Bell

By C. Bell

This quantity presents an up to date survey of present pondering about the activities of chemical elements within the rules of neuronal behaviour below common and pathological stipulations. The e-book is split into 4 sections, facing chemical elements concerned with the formation of axon pathways, elements concerned with neuronal survival and specialization in the course of common improvement, elements serious about basic upkeep and service of grownup neurons and, ultimately, elements which were implicated as mediators of degenerative alterations in neurological and neuropsychiatric problems.

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1995), although defects are seen in late 18 Axon guidance factors in invertebrate embryos. On the other hand, Hidalgo et al. (1995) report that ricin induced ablation of the longitudinal glial cells leads to a failure of formation of longitudinal connectives in 71% of embryos. Menne and Klambt (1994) used a temperaturesensitive allele of the neurogenic gene Notch to delete midline glial cells in Drosophila and found a correlation between absence of these cells and MP133a lOOum Fig, 13. The effect of ablation of the muscle pioneer cell MP133a on axon outgrowth from the Df motoneuron in the grasshopper embryo.

Other axon guidance cues must be available in these situations. 3. Non-neuronal guidepost cells: primitive glial cells The strongest evidence that undifferentiated or "primitive" glial cells may be important in guiding axons comes from the grasshopper embryo. Bastiani and Goodman (1986) found that, as the axons of the motoneurons Ul, U2 and aCC, the pioneers of the intersegmental nerve, turn away from the longitudinal connective, they associate closely with the ventral surface of two large, flattened primitive glial cells, SBC and SBC2.

This model was widely accepted and heavily influenced interpretation of the pioneering observations of axon growth in insect embryos. Recent observations in a variety of animals, but notably in several invertebrates, have begun to cast doubt on this model as a sufficient explanation for growth cone turning. The mollusc Aplysia has been a favoured organism for in vitro studies of growth cone structure and function because several identified neurons of this species, such as the buccal ganglion neurons Bl and B2, form large, expanded growth cones in culture.

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