Separation of functional Schwann cells and neurons from normal peripheral nerve tissue

Patrick M. Wood

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Abstract

A method has been devised for obtaining viable cultures of normal sensory neurons and normal Schwann cells from rat dorsal root ganglia, using cytosine arabinoside and fluorodeoxyuridine for control of non-neuronal cell proliferation. These cultures were used to demonstrate (a) that Schwann cells could be generated and maintained in culture free of fibroblast contamination, (b) that Schwann cells could exist in either a quiescent or proliferative state, depending on the absence of neurons, (c) that sensory ganglia could be obtained that would provide an outgrowth of axons entirely free of non-neuronal cells even in the absence of antimitotic agents, and (d) that quiescent Schwann cells, induced to prolirate by 'bare' axons, could ensheath and, in time, myelinate some of these axons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-375
Number of pages15
JournalBrain Research
Volume115
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 22 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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