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Contact: Prof. Klaus-Armin Nave
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Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Myelin

Caption: Electron microscope cross-section image of the nerve fibres (axons) of the optic nerve. Axons are surrounded by special glial cells, the oligodendrocytes, wrapping themselves around the axons in several layers. Between the axons, there are extensions of astrocytes, another type of glial cells.

Credit: K.-A.Nave/MPI of Experimental Medicine

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