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Myelination animation

This simple animation shows how during development a glial cell myelinates a neural axon.

  • Grey - axon
  • Brown - glia cytoplasm
  • Blue - glia nucleus
  • Black - glia cell membrane, forming myelin sheath.
  • mesaxon - site of glial membrane initial contact.


Myelination process

  • Peripheral glial cell - Schwann cell.
  • Central glial cell - Oligodendrocyte.
  • leads to an increased conduction velocity within the axon that is myelinated compared to an unmyelinated axon.
  • occurs late in neural development in both the central and peripheral nervous system.
  • glia develop (later) from the same stem cell population as neurons.


Links: Neural development overview table | Image - myelinated axons | Medicine Histology | Science Histology | Neural System Development |




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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2024, June 18) Embryology Myelination animation.gif. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/File:Myelination_animation.gif

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