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By the end of this section, you will be able to:List and describe the functions of the structural components of a neuronList and describe the four main types of neuronsCompare the functions of different types of glial cells
This resource is a video abstract of a research paper created by Research Square on behalf of its authors. It provides a synopsis that's easy to understand, and can be used to introduce the topics it covers to students, researchers, and the general public. The video's transcript is also provided in full, with a portion provided below for preview:
"A new 3D-printable hydrogel could provide the perfect platform for growing, studying and perhaps even repairing critical brain cells linked to diseases such as multiple sclerosis. This is an oligodendrocyte. Oligodendrocytes pave a protein-rich path along neuronal axons that helps relay and even boost electrical signals. That makes communication across the vast central nervous system possible. Disruption of that critical function can lead to weakness, numbness or even paralysis, hallmarks of diseases like multiple sclerosis. While researchers have slowly gained a better understanding of how and why oligodendrocyte function is compromised, collectively, that work paints a grainy picture of what’s really going on. Not only is it virtually impossible to watch these destructive processes unfold inside the body. But also, methods designed to recreate the behavior of these cells in the lab are often too simplistic, offering a 2D view of what is inherently a 3D process..."
The rest of the transcript, along with a link to the research itself, is available on the resource itself.