Neuroscience Bulletin

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 155–164 | Cite as

Regulation of the timing of oligodendrocyte differentiation: mechanisms and perspectives

  • Hao Huang
  • Xiao-Feng Zhao
  • Kang Zheng
  • Mengsheng Qiu


Axonal myelination is an essential process for normal functioning of the vertebrate central nervous system. Proper formation of myelin sheaths around axons depends on the timely differentiation of oligodendrocytes. This differentiation occurs on a predictable schedule both in culture and during development. However, the timing mechanisms for oligodendrocyte differentiation during normal development have not been fully uncovered. Recent studies have identified a large number of regulatory factors, including cell-intrinsic factors and extracellular signals, that could control the timing of oligodendrocyte differentiation. Here we provide a mechanistic and critical review of the timing control of oligodendrocyte differentiation.


oligodendrocytes differentiation timing remyelination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hao Huang
    • 1
  • Xiao-Feng Zhao
    • 1
  • Kang Zheng
    • 1
  • Mengsheng Qiu
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, College of Life SciencesHangzhou Normal UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Anatomical Sciences and NeurobiologyUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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