Oligodendrocytes are specialized glial cells that form myelin sheaths to wrap around and insulate vertebrate neurons in the Central Nervous System – allowing them to transmit electrical impulses quickly and efficiently. Each oligodendrocyte cell can contact up to 50 axon segments per cell to form such myelin sheaths.
Two papers by AMSBIO customers highlight advances in understanding the role of oligodendrocytes in CNS regeneration and repair following damage or disease. In addition to these in vivo studies, AMSBIO’s Mimetix® Aligned Fibre scaffolds have been extensively published for in vitro 3D cell culture of oligodendrocytes and myelination. Read the following news stories to find out how your myelination research can be improved with Mimitex® 3D cell culture scaffolds and discover more on oligodendrocytes and their precursor cells.
John Riddell and Sue Barnett and colleagues (University of Glasgow, UK) used lentiviral particles from AMSBIO (LVP001) to induce GFP expression in mesenchymal‐like stromal cells from human olfactory mucosa (hOM‐MSCs). This allowed them to be tracked and measured in vivo in a study of spinal cord repair and re-myelination.