By K. R. Jessen, R. Mirsky (auth.), Rebecca Matsas, Marco Tsacopoulos (eds.)

Thirty-five years in the past, whilst Stephen Kuffler and his colleagues at Harvard initiated a brand new period of study at the homes and features of neuroglial cells, only a few neuro­ scientists have been inspired on the time with the speculation that neuroglial cells can have one other, notwithstanding extra refined, position to play within the frightened approach than to supply static aid to neurons. at the present time, only a few neuroscientists are blind to the truth that a number of interactions among neurons and glial cells were defined, and they consti­ tute the foundation for realizing the functionality and the pathology of the worried procedure. Glial cells outnumber neurons and make up approximately one-half of the majority of the anxious procedure. they're divided into significant sessions: first, the macroglia, which come with astrocytes and oligodendrocytes within the principal anxious procedure, and the Schwann cells within the peripheral apprehensive method; and moment, the microglial cells. those diversified sessions of glial cells have diversified capabilities and give a contribution in numerous methods within the devel­ opment, functionality, and the pathology of the worried system.

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1991; Bossing and Technau, 1994; Sonnenfeld and Jacobs, 1995). , 1997). The activation of the EGF-receptor leads to an activation of the ETS transcription factor encoded by the gene pointed. This transcription factor controls subsequent glial cell differentiation in the midline glial cells as well as in the lateral glial cells. , 1995). , 1997). , 1997; Stemerdink and Jacobs, 1997). , 1997). Mutations in ttk were first identified on the basis of their requirement during eye development, where ttk acts as a negative regulator of neuronal development (Xiong and Montell, \993).

FianscriptionaI Regulation of the POU Gene Oct-6 in Schwann Cells 21 of BamHI linkers. This procedure resulted in the creation of a fusion gene encoding the first 22 amino acids of Oct-6 followed by a threonine, introduced by the cloning procedure, and the LacZ open reading frame. The fusion gene fragment was subsequently cloned into the 7kb EcoRI genomic fragment. This clone was extended at the 5' and 3' end with genomic fragments resulting in cosmid 2CosOct-6. The 7kb EcoRI fragment was isolated by electroelution from agarose gels followed by purification on an elutip mini column (Schleicher and Schull).

1996). The restricted expression pattern of the POU factor Oct-6 during early development of the mouse nervous system. Mechanisms of Development 54, 185-194. 3 GLIA DEVELOPMENT IN THE EMBRYONIC CNS OF DROSOPHILA Christian KUimbt, Kristina Schimmelpfeng, and Thomas Hummel Institut filr Neurobiologie Universitat Munster Badestr. 9, D-48149 Munster Germany SUMMARY The major axon tracts in the embryonic CNS of Drosophila are organized in a simple, ladder like pattern. Each neuromere contains two commissures which connect the contra-lateral hemi-neuromeres and two longitudinal connectives which connect the different neuromeres along the anterior-posterior axis.

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