Olfactory ensheathing cells: Biology in neural development and regeneration

Zhida Su, Cheng He

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Abstract

Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) constitute a unique population of glia that accompany and ensheath the primary olfactory axons. They are thought to be critical for spontaneous growth of olfactory axons within the developing and adult olfactory nervous system, and have recently emerged as potential candidates for cell-mediated repair of neural injuries. Here, based on the current research, we give an overview of the biology of OECs in neural development and regeneration. This review starts with a detailed description of the cellular and molecular biological properties of OECs. Their functions in olfactory neurogenesis, olfactory axonal growth and olfactory bulb formation are sequently discussed. We also describe therapeutic applications of OECs for the treatment of a variety of neural lesions, including spinal cord injury, stroke, degenerative diseases, and PNS injuries. Finally, we address issues that may foster a better understanding of OECs in neural development and regeneration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-532
Number of pages16
JournalProgress in Neurobiology
Volume92
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

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Cell Biology
Regeneration
Axons
Olfactory Bulb
Neurogenesis
Wounds and Injuries
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Growth
Spinal Cord Injuries
Neuroglia
Nervous System
Stroke
Therapeutics
Research
Population

Keywords

  • Glial cells
  • Neural injury
  • Olfactory development
  • Olfactory ensheathing cells
  • Regeneration

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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Olfactory ensheathing cells : Biology in neural development and regeneration. / Su, Zhida; He, Cheng.

In: Progress in Neurobiology, Vol. 92, No. 4, 12.2010, p. 517-532.

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Su, Zhida ; He, Cheng. / Olfactory ensheathing cells : Biology in neural development and regeneration. In: Progress in Neurobiology. 2010 ; Vol. 92, No. 4. pp. 517-532.
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