Cortical white matter: beyond the pale
Author(s)Rockland, Kathleen; DeFelipe, Javier
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The tracts within the subcortical white matter and corpus callosum provide an anatomical connectivity that is essential for normal cognitive functioning. These structures are predominantly made up of axons that are myelinated or unmyelinated, and entering or exiting the overlying gray matter. As is increasingly recognized, however, the white matter territory is neither inert nor static. It has its own microenvironment, consisting of scattered neurons, abundant glia, and blood vessels; but at the same time it is an integrated component with the much more neuron dense gray matter.
DepartmentPicower Institute for Learning and Memory; RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics
Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Frontiers Research Foundation
Rockland, Kathleen S., and Javier DeFelipe. “Cortical White Matter: Beyond the Pale.” Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 5 (2012). Web.
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