Analysis of Glial Scarring in the Mammalian CNS with a GFAP cDNA Probe

  • Pierre Rataboul
  • Philippe Vernier
  • Alain Privat
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 265)


Reactive gliosis, leading to the formation of glial scar, is the response of astrocytes to CNS injury. It is an ubiquitous reaction observed in a large number of pathological conditions, such as mechanical and chemical lesions, as well as degenerative processes (Fulcrand and Privat, 1977; Eng and De Armond, 1982). This reaction is twofold, being characterized by an astrocyte multiplication (hyperplasia) as well as an hypertrophy of the perikarya and processes (Hain et al., 1960; Nathaniel and Nathaniel, 1981). The main intracellular event is an increase of the number of gliafilaments, paralleled by a raise in GFAP immunoreactivity.


Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein Reactive Gliosis Human Astrocytoma Ibotenic Acid Reactive Astrocytosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Rataboul
    • 1
  • Philippe Vernier
    • 2
  • Alain Privat
    • 3
  1. 1.B I ChimieLe VesinetFrance
  2. 2.Lab. Neurobiologie cellulaire et moléculaire, Dept Génétique MoléculaireCNRSGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  3. 3.Lab. Neurobiologie du DéveloppementEPHE — INSERM U.249 — CNRS UPR 41, Institut de BiologieMontpellierFrance

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