Astrocytes and NG2-glia: what's in a name?

  title={Astrocytes and NG2-glia: what's in a name?},
  author={Akiko Nishiyama and Zhongshu Yang and Arthur M Butt},
  journal={Journal of anatomy},
  volume={207 6},
Classic studies recognize two functionally segregated macroglial cell types in the central nervous system (CNS), namely astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. A third macroglial cell type has now been identified by its specific expression of the NG2 chondroitin sulphate proteoglycan (NG2-glia). These NG2-glia exist abundantly in both grey and white matter of the mature CNS and are almost as numerous as astrocytes. It is well established that NG2-glia give rise to oligodendrocytes. However, the… CONTINUE READING

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