Association of ecto-5'-nucleotidase with specific cell types in the adult and developing rat olfactory organ.

A unique feature of the olfactory epithelium is its ability to give rise to new sensory neurons throughout life and also following injury. Cells at the basal side of the epithelium serve as neurogenic progenitor cells. The enzyme ecto-5'-nucleotidase is expressed at the surface of developing nerve cells and is regarded as a marker of neural development. To… (More)