Evidence for developmental plasticity of the rubrospinal tract. Studies using the North American opossum

George F. Martin, Ming Xu Xiao Ming Xu

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Abstract

Using axonal tracing techniques we have shown that rubral axons are capable of growing around lesions of the rubrospinal tract during early stages of development in the North American opossum and that a critical period for such growth exists. The opossum was employed for study because it is born in a very immature state 12-13 days after conception and the entire development of its rubrospinal tract occurs postnatally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopmental Brain Research
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Developmental plasticity
  • Opossum
  • Regeneration
  • Rubrospinal tract
  • Spinal cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology

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