Fine structure of neuronal and glial processes in neuropathology, a personal historical note

Asao Hirano

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Abstract

Neurons and glia are characterized by their well formed processes and by cell-to-cell relationships. Neurons show cylindrical processes, which form synaptic junctions. On the other hand, the peripheral parts of the glial cells are sheet-like in nature. Thus, the oligodendroglial cells form shovel-shaped myelin sheets around axons. The astrocytes also form delicate sheet-like processes, which separate the central nervous system from the mesodermal tissue and surround neuronal soma, dendrites and synapses. Fine structural studies in neuropathological material provide many interesting new findings on neuronal and glial processes. This communication highlights my exciting experience studying neuropathology for over 50 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-723
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Neurology
Volume49
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Keywords

  • Astrocyte
  • Glia
  • Myelin
  • Neuron
  • Oligodendroglia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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