The Ultrastructure of Normal and Reactive Microglia

  • W. F. Blakemore
Part of the Acta Neuropathologica book series (NEUROPATHOLOGIC, volume 6)


Normal microglia have a distinct morphology. In rapidly, but not in slowly evolving pathological states the features used to identify the resting cell are often lost. When there is invasion by haematogenous monocytes, phagocytes develop whose origin - cerebral or haematogenous - cannot be ascertained on morphological features alone. These observations stress that microglia are part of the reticulo-endothelial system.

Key words

Glia microglia ultrastructure reticulo-endothelial system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. F. Blakemore
    • 1
  1. 1.Wellcome Laboratory for Comparative Neurology, Department of Veterinary Clinical StudiesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland

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