Volume 9 Issue 12, December 2006

Volume 9 Issue 12

Oligodendrocytes must migrate to produce periodically spaced membrane sheaths along their target axons. Kirby and colleagues imaged oligodendritic precursors in vivo to study the mechanisms underlying this process. On the cover is an image from a time-lapse video showing oligodendrocyte progenitor cells, marked by green fluorescent protein, migrating in a zebrafish larva. (pp 1506)


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