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Quantitative-morphometric aspects of bergmann glial (Golgi epithelial) cell development in rats

A golgi study

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Bergmann glial (Golgi epithelial) cells in the cerebella of rats of various ages were stained by the rapid Golgi technique, and their radial stem processes were measured for length and diameter. Additionally, the average number of such processes per cell was counted, and the development of bushy lateral protrusions was quantified. The length of radial processes—depending on the thickness of the molecular layer—was found to increase up to the end of the 2nd year of life. This elongation was accompanied by a reduction of the mean process diameter which was, however, not sufficient to prevent an increase in the cytoplasmic volume of the elongating cells. A marked outgrowth of lateral protrusions was observed up to at least the 5th month of life. These data are compared with earlier findings on the development of rat brain stem fetal radial glia, and of rabbit retinal Müller cells. Common mechanisms of glial cell development are discussed.

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Hanke, S., Reichenbach, A. Quantitative-morphometric aspects of bergmann glial (Golgi epithelial) cell development in rats. Anat Embryol 177, 183–188 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00572543

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  • Glia
  • Cerebellum
  • Rat
  • Development
  • Morphometry