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Illustration showing the role of an oligodendrocyte in the myelination of nerve fibres (axons) in the central nervous system (CNS - the brain & spinal cord). Oligodendrocytes belong to a group of cells called neuroglia ('nerve glue') which comprise a

Illustration showing the role of an oligodendrocyte in the myelination of nerve fibres (axons) in the central nervous system (CNS - the brain & spinal cord). Oligodendrocytes belong to a group of cells called neuroglia ('nerve glue') which comprise a

Illustration showing the role of an oligodendrocyte in the myelination of nerve fibres (axons) in the central nervous system (CNS - the brain & spinal cord). Oligodendrocytes belong to a group of cells called neuroglia ('nerve glue') which comprise all non-neural cells in the CNS. The dendritic processes from the cytoplasm of the oligodendrocyte give rise to the spiral-wrapped sandwich of cytoplasmic membrane that comprises the myelin sheath. A single oligodendrocyte may serve up to 50 nerve axons; 4 are visible here. Myelination effectively increases diameter of axon & hence velocity of impulse conduction.
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