Cell bodies get the shaft

Neuroscience Gateway. February 2008

Researchers physically separate neuron cell bodies and neurites to determine signaling pathways important in process extension.

What does it take for one neuron to reach out and touch another? In neuritogenesis, neurons develop the long, thin projections that eventually become axons and dendrites. Because these neurites are so small, it has been difficult to differentiate them biochemically from neuron cell bodies. Now Pertz et al. report proteomic analysis of separate populations of neurites and somas in a recent article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…

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