Structure and function of oligodendrocytes

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This chapter deals with the morphology of oligodendrocytes. The first section reviews current findings on the morphology of oligodendrocytes and discusses these findings in the context of the classical work by Rio–Hortega. The second section examines the functional significance of oligodendrocyte polymorphism, and the third deals with the environmental and axonal factors that are likely to control the differentiation of oligodendrocyte phenotypes. In the fourth section, recent findings on the functions of adult oligodendrocyte progenitors (OPCs) are assessed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuroglia
EditorsB. Ransom, H. Kettenmann
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780195152227
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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