[Neuroscience] Neuronal Soma size vs the size of the animal

Bill via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by connelly.bill from gmail.com)
Wed Sep 30 19:51:49 EST 2009


Has anyone seen any information on the size of neuronal somata
relative to the size of the animal? I read the other day that
drosophila have very small somata (but of course, invertebrate neurons
are structured quite differently). I could imagine a corticospinal
neuron having a bigger soma in a big animal, because it has further to
project, more surface area and hence needs more protein synthesis, but
what about local neurons? Or granule cells?

Thanks.


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