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Plate 6.130 Neuroglia: Oligodendroglia

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Plate 6.130 Neuroglia: Oligodendroglia

Rabbit, 10% formalin, Nassar-Shanklin method, 1376 x.


Oligodendroglia cell: Rounded nucleus, scanty cytoplasm, and a few delicate processes that extend for a short distance. Oligodendroglia are found in gray and white matter. They are usually seen in relation to neuronal cell bodies or between myelinated fibers. A cell of this type has also been described in juxtaposition to blood vessels. Oligodendroglia are believed to elaborate central nervous system myelin.

Neuropil: The region between neuronal and glial cells packed with neuronal and glial cell processes.

Nassar and Shanklin, both twentieth-century neuroanatomists and histologists, worked in Lebanon.

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