Biochemical Studies on Myelin of the Nervous System

  • Ke Xu
  • Susumu Terakawa


Compact multilayered myelin, the true myelin, has been considered to be found in all vertebrate classes except for the primitive classes, such as lampreys and hagfish (Bullock et al. 1984; Koeppen and Stanton 2008). It appears throughout the nervous system, being formed by the extension of the cell membrane of oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system (CNS) and the Schwann cell in the peripheral nervous system (PNS), respectively. During the process of extension, the chemical composition of the membrane is modified.


Peripheral Nervous System Myelin Basic Protein Myelin Protein Ventral Nerve Cord Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ke Xu
    • 1
  • Susumu Terakawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Shanghai Institute of Physiology Chinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hamamatsu University School of MedicineMedical Photonics Research CenterHamamatsuJapan

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