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    Regeneration of axon & myelin, question for Dr Young

    Dr Young,

    What would be the right sequence of an hypothetical regeneration process of the axon?

    1) myelin has to generate first so that the axon will grow into it
    2) the axon has to generate first, the myelin will cover it after the regeneration
    3) the myelin and the axon have to grow together

    How does it work in the peripheral nervous system with the Schwann cells?

    Thanks
    Paolo
    Last edited by paolocipolla; 12-31-2005 at 03:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paolocipolla
    Dr Young,

    What would be the right sequence of an hypothetical regeneration process of the axon?

    1) myelin has to generate first so that the axon will grow into it
    2) the axon has to generate first, the myelin will cover it after the regeneration
    3) the myelin and the axon have to grow together

    How does it work in the peripheral nervous system with the Schwann cells?

    Tanks
    Paolo
    Paulo,

    It is the other way around. The axons first grow and then they are remyelinated. In peripheral nerves, when axons degenerate, all the Schwann cells de-differentiate into macrophage-like cells. When the axons have regrown, these cells then settle in to remyelinate the axons. In fact, there is worry that the presence of mature myelin inhibits axonal growth.

    Wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Young
    Paulo,

    It is the other way around. The axons first grow and then they are remyelinated. In peripheral nerves, when axons degenerate, all the Schwann cells de-differentiate into macrophage-like cells. When the axons have regrown, these cells then settle in to remyelinate the axons. In fact, there is worry that the presence of mature myelin inhibits axonal growth.

    Wise.
    Thanks Dr Wise.

    Paolo
    Last edited by paolocipolla; 12-31-2005 at 03:51 PM.

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