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n. The network of glial cells that supports nervous system tissue.


n. sustentacular tissue that surrounds and supports neurons in the central nervous system; glial and neural cells together compose the tissue of the central nervous system [syn: neuroglia]

Glia (journal)

Glia is a Monthly peer reviewed scientific journal covering research on the structure and function of neuroglia. It was established in 1988 and is published by John Wiley & Sons. The founding and current editors-in-chief are Bruce R. Ransom ( University of Washington School of Medicine) and Helmut Kettenmann ( Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine).

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The cloning department had worked overtime growing new batches of Emir embryos for the fetal neurons and glia they could supply and prepared appropriate annealing solutions of disaggregated cells with which the surgeons would bathe the central nervous system splices.

During these two weeks their brains grow rapidly, and by the time their eyes open almost all the neurons and glia are present, and a myriad of synaptic connections have been formed between the neurons.

If the key methodological step was to be the isolation of neurons and glia, perhaps I could find another route to the same end.

So studying the biochemistry of a piece of brain means studying a mix of neurons and glia.

If the real functional business of the brain is going on in the neurons, one should really try to study their properties in isolation from the glia.

In this way he collected a few dozen neurons, and matched them to similar quantities of glia.

During the decade of the 1950s he had painstakingly used the famed Swedish micro-methods to measure the oxygen utilization and the DNA, RNA and protein composition of such isolated cells, comparing the biochemistry of the neurons with that of their surrounding glia.

Sure enough, he claimed, these experiences altered the composition of the RNA and protein of the neurons, but not the glia, that he was studying.

Provided I could find a way of disrupting the brain tissue so gently that instead of breaking the cells completely I merely shook them apart from one another, I could devise a centrifugation regime which, rather than separating subcellular particles, would give me fractions enriched in neurons and glia.

The gentle pressure released the neurons and glia into suspension, and by choosing a combination of gradients and centrifugation speeds, I ended up with two fractions, each enriched in one of the two types of cells.

At seventy degrees and below, the phospholipids in the glia in the brain freeze.

Others have gone so far as to wonder if memes exist in brains in as physical a sense as dendrites or glia cells.

These neuroglial cells, or simply glia cells, outnumber the nerve cells by 10 to i.

But even this huge number is dwarfed when one learns that each neuron is itself embedded in a mass of much smaller cells, called glia, whose function was (and still is) much less clear than that of the neurons, but which have a supportive, nurturant and protective role.

Now he remembered what Peerssa had told him about phospholipids in the glia around brain nerves.