neurogenesis - NewSci Feb 12 2000
brians at eol.ca
Wed Mar 8 00:59:55 EST 2000
Bill Skaggs wrote:
> Ian McLeod <ian_mcleod at primus.com.au> writes:
> > Did anyone read the New Scientist article, dated 12 February 2000?
> > Studies on rats and some other animals have shown that the regrowth of
> > neurons in the hippocampus is possible, perhaps in other regions such as
> > the cortex.
> The "other animals" now include primates.
> > This sounds amazing to me.. Too amazing.. In a past issue - New
> > Scientist also reported that Prozac had been demonstrated to assist the
> > growth of new neurons in the hippocampus (an area apparantly damaged by
> > depression).
> As Dag Stenburg says, it has been definitely established. Still, we
> shouldn't make *too* much of it. As far as I know, there are only two
> kinds of nerve cells that have been shown to reproduce in the adult
> mammalian nervous system -- granule cells in the hippocampus and
> olfactory receptor cells in the nose. Most likely few, if any, others
> will be discovered, because it isn't actually all that difficult to
> tell whether dividing neurons are present in a region, and many
> studies of this kind have been done using rodents. Thus, the rule is
> still that neurons in the adult nervous system don't reproduce -- we
> just know now that there are a couple of curious exceptions to the
> -- Bill
Freg Gage's people seem to have found neuronal precursor cells in the
adult mammalian spinal cord. I can't find the reference right now
though. Also, the dorsal root ganglia seem to be a possibility now...
Are there proliferating neuronal precursors in adult rat dorsal root
Ciaroni S, Cecchini T, Cuppini R, Ferri P, Ambrogini P, Bruno C, Del
Neurosci Lett 2000 Mar 3;281(1):69-71
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