Brain’s White Matter: More ‘Talkative’ Than Once Thought May 12, 2007Posted by Dreamhealer in Research.
The discovery in mouse cells, outlined in the March issue of Nature Neuroscience, shows that brain cells “talk” with each other in more ways than previously thought. “We were surprised to see these nerve axons talking to other cells in the white matter,” says Dwight Bergles, Ph.D., an associate professor of neuroscience at Hopkins.
The discovery focuses on oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), whose main role when they mature into oligodendrocytes is to wrap themselves around and insulate nerves with a whitish coat of protective myelin. The immature cells simply hang around and divide very slowly, waiting to be spurred into action. Read More…