J. Waldmeyer

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The optic nerve consists of axons, glia, and undifferentiated cells; neuronal cell bodies are absent. To study the developmental potential of glia and precursor cells in vitro, we devised an original, long-term culture system of optic nerve explants, called minisegments, of newborn rats; at this stage the nerves are composed of naked axons, astrocytes, and(More)
The question of whether the development of CNS glial cells requires the presence of axons or not can be studied with in vitro systems. In order to compare the differentiation of glial cells during development in vitro with that in situ, we have selected the optic nerve, which is anatomically as well as histotypically a well defined structure. For the in(More)
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